These days, The Hangout has become the heart and soul of downtown Gulf Shores. What many folks don’t know is The Hangout was a meeting place for surfers during the beach-blanket-bingo-era of the’50s and early ’60s, when it was a little joint that served as a gathering point for young folks enjoying the local beaches.
The Hangout occupied a prime piece of beach at the foot of Ala. 59 more or less continuously until Hurricane Ivan came along in 2004. But in 2008, The Hangout returned bigger and better than ever.
Just feet away from the Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Shores Public Beach, The Hangout is ground zero for family fun. There’s so many things to do at this iconic business.
The menu holds dozens of the Gulf Coast culinary favorites found all over Pleasure Island, but there are a few signature dishes unique to The Hangout like the Cajun Campfire Steak, Hangout Jambalaya, Hang 10 Cheeseburger, Big Beach Burger, Shaka Wrap, and more. But there’s more than the fun food. Have your picture taken with the giant shakra hand, pick up official Hangout merchandise at the One-Stop Fun Shop, or spend some time participating in the courtyard games. Kids can also climb in the sand pit, get foamy in the daily foam party, or pay a visit to the wish wall.
But The Hangout isn’t just for the little ones. For those over 21, The Hangout is just as much fun. Enjoy a high-octane frozen brain-freezer at the daiquiri bar, custom cocktail at the indoor bar, or sip on a boutique draft beer or chill out at the Mermaid Bar.
The Hangout dining room itself is huge with a buzz of excitement that lasts all summer long. Just walking around The Hangout is like traveling back in time. One of the coolest things is the wall collections. Among other things, the walls hold old-school lunch-boxes. Now, if you want to travel back in time to the old Hangout, then check out the old black and white and color photographs that tell the story of Gulf Shores in a by-gone era.
And of course, The Hangout Music Fest, held the weekend before Memorial Day, has become one of the country’s largest, multi-day out door festivals, and this year is expected to be even bigger, being held from May 18 to 21.
The Hangout may not be what is was in its heyday, but it’s even bigger and better now and promises a memorable experience for the whole family.
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