Thank You 2017 and What’s New in 2018

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Thank you!!!

In 2017, we had one of the best years ever.

And it’s all because of one thing – you!

Last year we were blessed to meet new friends, visit with old friends, and see your smiling faces over and over, weekend after weekend.

We sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts

for making 2017 one of the best years ever!!!

We truly love all of you and wish you the best in 2018.

If you missed out on some of the events in 2017 or you’d like to know what’s coming, then there is a list below.

But before you scroll down, here’s a warning – There’s a lot going on at The Pelican Reef in 2018.

At the bottom of this post you’ll discover how to stay in the loop about everything.

Ready to go???




List of Events from 2017 and coming for 2018


The Ultimate Kitchen, Home, and Self-Care Basket” Giveaway – A giveaway and thank-you to our guests. In 2018 January and February, we’re holding a FREE giveaway of over $1,000 of home accessories, kitchen trinkets, along with bath and body products. It’s called “The Ultimate Home, Kitchen, and Self-Care Basket.” It’s over $1,000 worth of gifts, lotions, gels, bath bombs, utensils, cookware, and much, much more. Over $1,000 worth of freebies. Details are coming later in the week but the fastest way to get in the drawing is to get on our email list here.

2nd Saturday Events (2018) – Ready for something better than just the normal weekend party? These summer events aren’t like regular weekend parties. The 2nd Saturday events are theme parties that happen once a month from May to September. You’ll see bigger bands, special menus, and delicious drinks. Last summer, we packed out the place with Jimmy Buffet cover bands, New Orleans brass bands, and much more. This year, it’s going to be even bigger. Come party with your friends in May, June, July, August, and September.

Tuesday Night “All You Can Eat Seafood” and “All You Can Eat Snow Crab” – It’s the most popular day of the week. Every Tuesday you’ll choose some of the best seafood in the area from one of the most unique offerings you’ll find along the Gulf Coast. And you can enjoy yourself until you’ve had your share. Each month thousands of people read about this event and the parking lot is filled on Tuesdays. We’ve changed the game when it comes to seafood deals. It’s an amazing deal designed for only the best seafood lovers – like you!

VIP Dining Membership Club – This is an exclusive membership deal for our patrons getting our emails. Twice a month, you’ll get instant access to food specials that you won’t find anywhere else. What sort of ingredients? Only the freshest and best seafood dishes like amberjack, snapper, and tuna. And of course interesting dishes with alligator and calamari. The recipes range from healthy options to decadent dishes. It’s never the same dish twice. This VIP Dining membership club is only for 2018 at The Pelican Reef. We’re the only seafood restaurant with a dining program like this from New Orleans to Destin. Details announced in January. Join now by getting on our newsletter, by following this link:

Brand New Monthly Food Specials (…some are secret!) – 12 times a year you’ll get new entrees, dishes, and appetizers. Some dishes are brand-new. Some are local favorites. Some of the recipes are well-guarded local recipes that we’ve been sworn to secrecy to protect. Every month you’ll have the opportunity to try new dishes. And every new months brings you new drinks too!

A Brand NEW MENU– That’s right! New menu coming in 2018. You’ll discover new dishes as well as your old favorites. More on that soon.

Bigger and Better Kitchen Upgrades – We’re upgrading the kitchen so you’ll get your food faster when there’s a crowd. Now when you come to the party events and summer throw-downs you can eat in the restaurant and get out on the dance floor without missing a single song from the band. These upgrades will also allow us to offer new dishes to you.

Industrial Sized Bushwacker Machine – This amazing buchwacker machine came at the end of last summer. It was an instant hit. So this spring and summer you’ll be able to get bushwackers made for you in an instant! This machine can deliver a bushwacker in just a few seconds. You can hop in and grab a bushwacker to take with you whereever you’re going on the river!!!

Local Arts and Crafts Show – During these weekend morning events drop in The Pelican Reef to check out the wares of local artists and crafters. You’ll find everything from simple handmade crafts to watercolor paintings and full-sized oil canvases. All from local artists. We did two of these events in 2017 and they were a hit. These Arts and Crafts shows were the “sleeper” hits of 2017. The attendance and popularity was amazing. More of these events are coming in 2018.

More Event Room Upgrades – You’ve already seen the major upgrades to the downstairs event room. It’s now completely insulated from the outside weather. There are two 10-TON air conditioner units installed on the roof. So even during the dog days of summer you’ll be cool as a cat. Those aren’t the only changes. New tables and chairs. New bar balcony. It’s almost a brand-new room. In 2018, you’ll see even more upgrades.

New Fun Kids Shows – This is new for 2018. We’ll be putting on kids events in the newly renovated event room downstairs. The events will be scheduled in the mornings and afternoons so you can get the kids here, have fun, and get back home.

Community Tables For Locals and Newcomers – A brand new concept in 2018. We’ll be trying out a new concept – being friendly to your neighbors. We’ll be designating a special table for locals and new-comers alike. You can sit and enjoy dinner and drinks while you visit with neighbors. This is a throwback to the days when you could sit down with your neighbors, share a meal and share your stories. We’re working out the details now. Coming in Spring 2018.

Pop-Up Events – Occasionally we’ll have a crazy idea and say “Hey, let’s put on a party next month!” This could be anything from a band to a menu change. Sometimes it’s just a band. Other times it’s a special one-time only dish. If you want to keep up with all that’s going on, you’ll want to join the newsletter here:

Local Oyster and Local Craft Beer Shows – Shop local. Last year we put on a special event to showcase the locally grown oysters and locally brewed craft beer. Fairhope Brewery and the local oyster farmers came together in the event room to bring you all their new flavors. It was a hit with people driving from across the Bay to attend. We have at least two more of these events planned.

Weekend Bands – Who else likes to party on the weekends? During the spring and summer, we’ll occasionally have special bands rocking out on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a fun time to let loose and party.

New Drinks, Cocktails, Wines, and Craft Beers – Last year we added dozens of new drinks. From local brews to new wines. Sugary and sweet. Tasty and tart. Some were popular. Others were runaway hits like the Hawaiian Mimosa. This new drink has outsold almost everything since it was first introduced. In 2018, you’ll be getting even more new drinks all year long for you to try. One way you can be part of it is by joining our newsletters, which you’ll find here:

Social Sundays – On certain Sunday afternoons, stop in and chill with small acoustic acts and singer/songwriters. It’s a great way to relax and spend a Sunday afternoon with your friends. Social Sundays are all about relaxing and hanging with friends at The Pelican Reef. Afternoon acts start during the spring and summer Sunday afternoons.

Year-Round Holiday Fun, Food, and Themed Events – Everyone loves a holiday party! So do we! At The Pelican Reef we throw holiday parties and food specials for holidays like 4th of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. You can have holiday fun year-round at The Pelican Reef. Why go somewhere else?

Take Home Meals – An amazing new deal giving you a chance to make the easiest meals ever. Restaurant quality seafood in a convenient package so you can get it to the table lickety split. You’ll be able to take food home for your own family and have it ready in half the time. All you need to do is toss it in the oven for a few minutes. Food like seafood gumbo, low country boils, boiled shrimp and fried chicken. You can use these Take Home meals to make the best meal of the week. And keep your kitchen clean while you do it!

The Fowl River Christmas Boat Parade 2018 – This is the busiest day of the year. Thousands of people heard about this event held every year in December. It was so popular the newspaper and radio picked it up. Each year boats decorate with Mardi Gras lights and drive down the river throwing goodies to everyone on the river. They then stop at The Pelican Reef and throw goodies to everyone there. After the parade we all stay at The Pelican Reef for the afterparty with a local hard-rocking band.


That’s a lot!

Plus… there’s much, much more that we can’t announce yet!!!

As we’ve said, we thank you for being a part of our 2017 and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.


The Pelican Reef

P.S. If you’re reading this, then you’re probably saying:

“Wow! That’s so much stuff! I had no idea.”

If that’s you, then you should be getting our emails.

We’re moving from Facebook to sending out regular emails about special events and parties.

Don’t worry, if for some reason you want to get off the email list, simply click one button and you’re off. Most people stay on the list for a long, long time. There’s absolutely no reason you wouldn’t sign up now.

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P.P.S – If you’ve been following The Pelican Reef on Facebook, then please read this.

Facebook is making technical changes. in 2018, not all of our events are going to be put on Facebook.

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll see SOME of these events, but not all. That’s why we suggest joining our email list. If you’ve been to The Pelican Reef, there’s absolutely no reason you wouldn’t sign up now.

Click this link to join: