make meetings rock here.
But it’s not all grand scale at casino resorts in Biloxi. Set just inland from the Gulf,
the Palace Casino Resort boasts the first
smoke-free casino on the Mississippi Gulf
Coast, with an award-winning steak house
and a lounge/sports bar on hand when you
want a break from gaming.
“Palace Casino Resort is the ideal location for small meeting groups,” said Mary
Smith, golf and hotel sales manager. “Our
meeting space is limited to 1,800 square
feet, which means instead of being one of
many groups you will be our top priority.
We offer everything you need to make the
most of your meeting, banquet or business
Fun on Tap
Beyond the casinos, the Mississippi Gulf
Coast parties into the night with a host of
after-hours options, including that group
favorite, craft breweries.
“Beer is the great social lubricant…
nothing gets people out of their shells like
a cold beer,” said David Reese, brewmaster
at Chandeleur Island Brewing Company in
Gulfport, just west of Biloxi, where a taproom overlooks the brewery. Walking tours
are offered Friday and Saturday but private
tours for up to 10 also can be arranged,
according to Reese.
“We’re pretty informal here,” he said.
“We have giant Jenga, darts, cornhole. It’s a
really nice environment.”
In nearby Kiln, the Lazy Magnolia bills it-
self as the state’s oldest packaging brewery
and has been offering locally brewed beer
since 2005. If you’re bringing a big crowd,
this is the place—they can accommodate
hundreds on brewery tours and flight
tastings featuring “front porch” selections
available year-round and “back porch” spe-
cialty beers with a higher alcohol content.
“We’ve had 400 people here,” said
head bartender Brian Wells. “It’s a good
icebreaker activity for people attending a
Tours are scheduled on Saturdays at the
Biloxi Brewing Company, whose labels include Salty Dog, Black Gold, Back Bay and
Biloxi Blonde. Originally opened in 2014,
the company’s taproom made its debut
last July, according to Mark Cowley, one of
“We can do group tastings,” he said.
“Groups can have the taproom to themselves if they call us ahead of time.”
Raising the Bar
Soak in some local flavor—as you drink in
some local spirits—at Jack’s by the Tracks
bar in Pascagoula, hosting live concerts
three nights a week. It can accommodate
up to 12 in a separate area.
In Gulfport, 13th St. Jazz Bistro’s atmospheric bar/restaurant area and stage
welcomes weekly live jazz and blues while
also hosting poetry nights and other cool
doings. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast has collaborated with 13th St. Jazz Bistro and the
City of Gulfport to host unique receptions
in Fishbone Alley, which is an actual alley,
strung with lights and decorated by local
street artists and muralists.
Speaking of murals, a huge underwater
scene splashes across an entire wall of
restaurant The Reef Biloxi, whose top-floor
Sky Bar is an adaptable venue with a band
stage and DJ booth, all overlooking the Gulf
and offering spectacular sunset views.
Setting the Table
Group dining is a specialty at 200 North
Beach Restaurant & Bar in Bay St. Louis,
welcoming private parties and events in a
separate room upstairs, with a variety of catering menus available, including appetizers, brunch, buffets and seated dinners.
“We host a variety of meetings, from corporate retreats and business seminars to
club meetings,” said Vicky Bayley, business
development manager. “Groups range from
eight to 50.”
Dinner with a side of history is waiting
at Mary Mahoney’s Old French House in
Biloxi, housed in a building dating back
to 1737 and featuring a charming New
Orleans-style courtyard shaded by centu-ries-old live oaks.
Owned by the same family since 1964,
Mary’s offers multiple dining rooms accommodating between 10 and 96 depending on size.
“We work with groups on a regular ba-
sis,” said Nicole Carlisle, granddaughter of
the titular founder Mary Mahoney. “We’re
within walking distance of Hard Rock and
Beau Rivage, very easy to get to.”
For a quintessentially coastal experience,
the Betsy Ann Riverboat can hold up to 150
people for a daytime tour, sunset cruise or
dinner cruise. It departs from the harbor
in between Margaritaville and the Golden
Nugget in Biloxi, cruising along the Missis-
sippi Sound and Back Bay Biloxi.
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