DESTIN — Blink and you’ll miss it.

The new 1835 Porch Bar beside Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant is kind of a secret garden, but bar manager Tarra Wixom said it’s time to get the word out about the new craft cocktail bar on the Destin harbor.

“It’s been open for two months now but it’s still a work in progress,” she said. “The whole idea of opening this outdoor space is, first of all, the view, and secondly, the opportunity to offer draft craft beer and craft cocktails.”

1835 Porch Bar is owned by Dewey Destin and is operated as a satellite bar west of Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. The outdoor bar is located directly to the west of Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant on the back porch and sprawling cobbled patio of the adjacent dry storage building.

“This used to be a swimming pool back here, but we filled it with sand and cobbled over it to make this patio,” Wixom said of the outdoor space. “A lot of people are still surprised to find us here.”

The bar got its name from the year Capt. Leonard Destin found his way to what would later be called the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.

Everything on the menu is handmade with fresh ingredients. The menu changes weekly with seasonal cocktails such as the strawberry vodka Collins and the Florida smash, and tapas such as ceviche, steamed shrimp, tuna dip and homemade pimento cheese.

“Our chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside, Jim Shirah, gets to exercise his creativity with the Porch Bar,” Wixom said.

Wixom said 1835 Porch Bar was designed to be a haven for locals. With its view of the harbor, sprawling live oaks, lawn games and community events, 1835 Porch Bar aims to make the most of the cooler fall evenings.

“It’s a good place to start your night," Wixom said. "We have live music coming up this fall, and we are family friendly and dog friendly. It’s just a really cool place to watch the world go by.”

1835 Porch Bar is located at 200 Harbor Blvd. For more information, visit or find them on Facebook. Hours are from 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturday.