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Breaking Barriers in Pensacola One Party at a Time with Emerald City

By Elisha Neubauer

Pensacola, Florida, known for its sun, sand, and...female impersonators? Oh, you bet! Welcome to Emerald City, the only bar in town where anything goes and everyone is welcome. Located in the historic district, just steps from the crystal white sands of the famed Sunshine State, Emerald City has been named the premier dance club in the Pensacola region.

Currently, Emerald City is the only gay and alternative dance club in the area, however, they've thrown their fabulous doors open to anyone and everyone who wants a different experience and to have a little fun. There are no stereotypes or prejudices at the EC, and the clientele seems to be mixing and mingling almost as much as their bartenders.

"The younger people just don't make a distinction between gay and straight," states Ted McCrary, General Manager. "They just want to go where the best music and party is." McCrary couldn't be more right. In fact, the bar earned the prestigious "Best Bar to People Watch" award in 2014 from In Weekly. "We get a lot of 'characters' at our club," McCrary told us. "Being an alternative club, you never know who or what will walk through the door. Our customers love the diversity and like 'people-watching' at Emerald City."

But, apart from being a killer spot to people watch, Emerald City offers the best of the best when it comes to their music. "We pride ourselves in having the best DJs and music in the area," McCrary explained. The club currently plays a mix of Top 40 Dance tracks with some house and circuit music mixed in, but they do alternate for certain events. "We have a special Hip-Hop format on Monday nights that is very popular," he says. "And Flashback Fridays feature all your favorite hits back to the 80s and 90s." The club also presents several Female Impersonator shows a week, which has become quite the talk of the town. "Our crowd loves the shows and it's something that you won't find in any of the other dance clubs in the area," McCrary proudly states.

When it comes to events, Emerald City knows how to put on a show- literally. The Club prides itself on being one of a kind, ensuring that you won't find parties quite like it anywhere else. Hosting everything from King and Queen of Hearts pageants, FantasyCon parties, and Masquerade Balls, Emerald City keeps it hot, fresh, and out of this world.

Several regular events are offered as well, just to keep things rolling in between themed events. Drag Bingo, featuring two Emerald City performers and a Happy Hour, takes place on Friday evenings. Sunday evenings bring Trivia nights to a new level with Happy Hour and $5 Long Island Iced Teas. And Saturdays? Well, Saturdays are the obvious highlight of the week, featuring a different promotion constantly, such as GLO parties (dayglo paint party), Foam parties, Pajama parties, and the list goes on and on. "We try to keep things fresh and entertaining at Emerald City," points out McCrary, as we revel over his listings.

With a recent remodel taking place just after Memorial Day and constant updates planned for the location, McCrary assures us that there's never been a better time to venture into the unknown and head down to Emerald City. "We welcome ALL people," he states, quite matter of factly. He continues, chuckling lightly, "We love to have fun and provide a place for everyone to have a good time and... maybe... a little walk on the wild side!"

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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