Long awaited Bass Pro Shops' Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill opened with great fanfare and standing room only on Thursday, July 3rd! The underwater themed bowling alley and restaurant also features private rooms for meetings or parties. Ultra-modern teleconferencing capabilities are available. Behind the huge centrally located full-service boat-shaped bar is another richly paneled dining, meeting, and billiards room complete with fireplace. I could envision rich 19th century aristocrats sitting around this beautiful room smoking their cigars. Out front, a fenced outdoor kiosk bar serves as a pleasing seating area for waiting patrons.
Diners, bowlers, and others enter the building by crossing a bridge flanked on either side by running waterfalls. Once inside, one is immediately immersed in a stunning underwater visual experience. Over 800 replicas of sharks, groupers, tunas, morays, sea turtles, and other marine creatures hang from the ceilings and complement the undersea murals painstakingly painted on the walls. Special motion lighting striking the wavy ceilings over the bowling lanes create the effects of sunlight refracting off the waves above. Uniquely designed sea creatures serve as bowling ball returns.
The food is upscale bowling alley fare at very reasonable prices. Appetizers (including fried alligator), soups and salads, a huge variety of fancy burgers and sandwiches, pizza and flatbreads, main course seafood and fresh water fish dishes, along with sirloin steak and baby back ribs are offered. The full-rack of baby back ribs is the most expensive item on the menu at just $15. Plans call for taking reservations in the near future for bowling/pizza/birthday parties and private meetings. Seasonal adjustments and specials to the menu are also planned.
Destin's Uncle Buck's Fishbowl and Grill is located on the northeast corner of U.S. Hwy. 98 and Mid-Bay Bridge Road in the new addition to the Destin Commons, just west of the BPS retail store. It is the only stand-alone Bass Pro Shops restaurant in any of the nearly 75 BPS stores in the U.S. and Canada.
To check on dining or bowling lane wait times or to call for carryout orders, simply dial (850) 269-6100. Uncle Bucks opens for lunch at 11 AM every day except Christmas and closes in the wee hours.