At Pelican Place in Gulf Shores, Alabama
Rafters Restaurant and Sportsbar

Gulf Shores Alabama's favorite casual restaurant and sports bar
The Story of Rafters
Rafters began as a small town barbeque joint call Smokey Mac's. Smokey Mac's was named after my grandfather whose friends called 'Mac'. The restaurant was located a block north of the Gulf Shores Public Beach. Smokey Mac's served southern style barbeque including "fall off the bone" tender ribs.
After two years at that location it was time to move on to bigger and better things. Smokey Mac's moved on to a new location a few blocks up Highway 59. We expanded the menu, created a top notch sports bar, added a game room and changed the name; Thus Rafters Sports Bar & Grill was born.
Rafters Sports Bar - Gulf Shores, AL


Rafters did extremely well for two years and would still be sitting by that little bayou between Little Lagoon and Lake Shelby except for Hurricane Ivan. Ivan tore through Gulf Shores in 2004 bringing over seven feet of water into Rafters. When the storm moved on and the waters receded as they all do, Rafters was a total loss.
In 2007, Rafters reopened at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach. We changed our format from a Sportsbar that served food to a family restaurant with a Sports theme, with an updated menu that featured many of our old favorites plus some new additions from our talented kitchen staff. Eventually we expanded our space to include a game room, as well as a cozy "lounge area". Our time at The Wharf was prosperous, but as the old saying goes, "the only thing constant in life is change"!
Rafters Restaurant & Sports Bar at Pelican Place in Gulf Shores, AL
Rafters Restaurant & Sports Bar at Pelican Place in Gulf Shores, AL
Our story comes full circle with our move to our new location here at Pelican Place, on Hwy 59 next to Cobb Pinnacle 14 Theaters in Gulf Shores. We have a new look but we're keeping the same desire to serve great food in a fun atmosphere. Come check out our new home featuring all your favorite sporting events on multiple giant screen TVs, Buzztime Interactive Triva and Hold 'em Poker tournaments, live music on the porch, and if there is anything you need, just ask. We hope to see you soon!
 
Blake & Ranee
Rafters Restaurant & Sportsbar