The day before I was induced, Jonathan and I discovered Seville Quarter, a gorgeous Dixieland-esque slice of New Orleans located in the old Pensacola Cigar & Tobacco Company warehouse on Government Street in the middle of Downtown Pensacola.
Seville Quarter is described as “Historic Pensacola with a bourbon chaser!” The large building houses seven unique rooms. One is a turn of the century speakeasy bar with a steampunk twist. One is a bar with an old Western theme, featuring a lamp lit stage where a dueling piano show is performed every night. So on and so on. Check out their website to see more details, instead of hearing my enamored gushing.
At any rate, the day before Tessa made her entrance into the world, we discovered the Palace Café room of Seville Quarter – a dimly lit coffee bar that looks like you stepped into the New Orleans French Quarter. The French doors in the Palace Café are from the old Italian Hall in New Orleans. The bar and back bar in the café date between 1810 and 1820 and come from the Palace Hotel, which is said to have had the first liquor license in the state of Florida. And the stools are from the Wisteria Cafeteria and date from 1870.
Jonathan and I sat in the café, just soaking in the ambiance. The Palace Café connects to Apple Annie’s restaurant, where a live jazz brunch was in full swing. We enjoyed warm beignets and café mochas while listening to the live jazz and people watching – particularly watching an adorable toddler running around while his parents had to take turns chasing him between bottomless mimosa refills. We kept giggling over the cutie and rubbing my tummy, imagining what life will be like when Tessa is that size.
We’ve decided this place MUST be a regular date spot. In fact, we’ve been there twice since that one date day. We took Tessa and Jonathan’s parents exactly one week later on the next Sunday… and I was able to enjoy bottomless mimosas this time! And a few days ago we took my mother who is visiting from California, where we shared beignets and lattes and then wandered the courtyard taking family photos!
Below are some of the photos we took. I’m so in love with my little family!!