Keep it Funky! That is the motto of Fishbone Alley in downtown Gulfport, an urban, fresh hangout nestled between 26th and 27th avenue. The alley connects several bars and restaurants together in a funky space filled with outdoor art and live music and entertainment. The art is eclectic and bright, with bluesy vibes complete with dancing skeletons. Some of the nearby establishments include Rock n Roll Sushi, Murky Waters, The Rack House, Kelly’s Sports Pub, Big Mike’s Speakeasy, Rooney’s Irish Pub, The Half Shell Oyster House, and the new Beachcombers opening soon. Before you head downtown, here are 5 things you should know about Fishbone Alley:
1. The pavers that line Fishbone Alley date back to 1905, and were found after Hurricane Katrina underneath the infrastructure asphalt. They were salvaged and saved for 8 years until Fishbone Alley was created. What a cool piece of Gulfport history!
2. Fishbone Alley is an entertainment district which allows open containers or “go-cups” while strolling the alley and its bars and restaurants. There are often events hosted where you are encouraged to bring a chair and post up for a party or movie night!
3. All of the artwork in Fishbone Alley was done by local artists and is ever-changing. The Alley is colorful and funky, thanks to an amazing group of talented artists on the coast. Some of them include Jerika Broussard, Ryan Merrill, Nicholas Cook, Kelsey Wishik, and Jesse Blalock. The space has kept most of its original surrounding structure, exposed brick, pipes, etc in order to keep an authentic alley vibe.
4. Fishbone Alley has already been recognized nationally by The National Main Street Center through the “Innovation on Main Street” awarded to Gulfport Main Street Association. Yes, Fishbone Alley is an up-and-coming main “street” that is only going to get more popular!
5. The alley was featured in the New York Post in an article called “8 amazing American streets you’ve never heard of” by Perri Ormont Blumberg alongside Nashville’s Printer’s Alley, another pedestrian alley that inspired City of Gulfport’s Economic Director David Parker to create Fishbone Alley.
So go check it out, take a selfie in front of the “Make it Funky!” sign, relax and enjoy all Fishbone Alley has to offer!