Architectural Digest: The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Each State in America


Architectural Digest just announced the most beautifully designed bars in each state AND.... The Wilbur Bar at the Roost has been named “The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Mississippi” ! We have included the article below.

Come relax in our speakeasy inspired cocktail bar that showcases the original salvaged wood from 1894, complete with a hidden room behind the swinging bookshelf and a mural of Al Capone, who famously had a local estate right here in Ocean Springs! 

The Wilbur Bar also features a custom bar and hand-crafted wooden tables made from locally-sourced Ocean Springs black oak by Guice Woodworks. Hope to see you soon!

Architectural Digest:

The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Each State in America

From a bar that brings back the look of old New York City to a modern design in Nashville, these bars don't just serve the best drinks—they do so in a space that's like no other


What any bar owner will tell you is that it’s not hard to make a drink. Rather, what’s difficult is cultivating an environment that embraces eye-catching design. When this design is done well, it sets the bar into an echelon of its own, bringing in locals and design lovers alike. Borrowing inspiration from eclectic pockets around the globe as well as the infusion of arts-oriented boutique hotels, these bars epitomize the fact that slipping into a lounge for a drink doesn’t have to be ordinary. Below, AD surveys the best-designed bar in every state, from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. What may surprise some readers is that the most beautiful spaces are not in the biggest cities (as some might expect), but rather, in such locales as Tulsa and Green Bay. Bottoms up! ….


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Live Music: A Staple in Downtown OS

Downtown Ocean Springs is known for its live music. Most weeknights and certainly every weekend, you can find bands playing at downtown restaurants and bars such as The Government St. Grocery, The Greenhouse on Porter, Glory Bound Gyro Co., Murky Waters BBQ, Mosaic Restaurant & Bar, The Hideaway, The Office Bar, The Julep Room, Boots & Spurs, and Mississippi Juke Joint.

Local musicians play an assortment of covers and original songs...the vibe is different at each venue and according to each musician’s taste…

For hip, low-fi vibes, you can usually find original folk bands such as The Squid and the Whale, Paul Cat & Friends, or Bambi playing at The Greenhouse on Porter on their grass lawn complete with wooden stage, wicker chairs, and picnic tables. Grab a can of craft beer and a gourmet biscuit and settle in…

If you’re into a more distinctly Southern feel stop by Murky Waters BBQ, The Julep Room, or Mississippi Juke Joint.

Murky Waters has Southern style BBQ while also offering a distinctly rockabilly vibe with acts such as Blue Mother Tupelo—”Southern Roots. Appalachian Soul. Delta Grit.”

The Julep Room was one of Elvis’ old stomping grounds during his time on the Coast, and it boasts an intimate setting with a small stage and a cozy bar in the cellar underneath Aunt Jenny’s Catfish House on the bayou. With acts such as “Mississippi’s #1 Original Band” The Tall Boys, the vibe is classic Gulf Coast.

Mississippi Juke Joint offers two stages…one inside with a small dance floor that has been put to good use through the years, a large, elevated stage in the backyard, and even fire pits in the winter. The Juke Joint has a seriously eclectic atmosphere, and its musical lineup reflects this diverse energy with bands such as Captain Midnight Band who showcase vocal harmonies, rock guitar, and R&B grooves.

Country bars are a staple in the South and Boots & Spurs has created a modernized country bar atmosphere. Listen to regional artists like Carson Carlisle Band croon out country tunes while playing pool at one of many pool tables or dancing on the biggest dance floor downtown. As one of the largest nightlife venues in downtown Ocean Springs, Boots & Spurs is as close to Nashville as it comes on the Coast.

The Government St. Grocery is a dive bar/burger joint that is known for its burgers, bloody marys, and wide assortment of musical acts…plus a weekly open mic night. Get down in this laid back venue with locals and funk out to Blackwater Brass, a 10 piece funk and jazz band or Della Memoria, a dreamy synth rock group.

Glory Bound Gyro Co. and The Hideaway both offer an outdoor eating area complete with stage…these restaurants are your go-to spot for live music during lunch time with bands such as Amber Dawn with gorgeous covers of classic songs or Brennan Roybal, a local favorite on the keyboard…

Mosaic offers another large outside seating area for dining and entertainment with hookah, an international menu, and a regular Latin Night. Local act Eugene Eash is a frequent entertainer at the popular downtown restaurant/venue.

The Office Bar is strictly libations and has a wonderfully intimate feel as well as hosting solo acts such as Brandon Green, a top pick on American Idol, and Gram Rea, a utility musician and professional violinist.

So check the weekend line-up, take a walk downtown, and get the night started with live music at any of these great venues.

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Birding in Ocean Springs

Birding in Ocean Springs

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is a hot spot for birding! Whether you are an expert, novice, or just interested getting out into nature to see natural habitats and wildlife, Ocean Springs has it all. The mix of both coastal and inland species makes for a spectacular array of birds, with some visitors seeing over 100 different species in a weekend!

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Audubon Society hosts events throughout the year, these events focus on things like Migratory birds, or Winter Humming Birds. The MGCA's mission is to ..."promote and protect fragile beach-nesting species, education, conservation, and protection of our natural resources in southern Mississippi...". They can help guide you to a spot to sit and observe local bird species, or can help you locate the most special and rare birds that migrate through our area.

Eco Tours of South Mississippi is another wonderful resource for both birding and nature lovers alike. They are located on the Pascagoula River, which gives them the unique opportunity to offer tours of cypress swamps, salt marshes, and coastal barrier islands. These areas are perfect for spotting ospreys, herons, egrets, and bald eagles.

Birding and wildlife viewing in our scenic harbor during migration and winter are recommended. You'll see loons, grebes, black-crowned night-heron, waterfowl, rails, shorebirds, gulls, terns, migrant songbirds. 

If you are planing on visiting us, our staff is happy to guide you in the right direction for a wonderful bird watching experience. See you on the trail!

Get inspired by checking out local birding photographer Jon Hauge's website for some amazing bird shots!

photo by Jon Hauge

Yoga in Ocean Springs

Yoga in Ocean Springs

Whether you are a practicing “yogi” or novice yoga practitioner, yoga is the perfect way to relax your body and mind during your stay. Come back from vacation refreshed and ready to take on the world! Ocean Springs offers multiple options to practice yoga…whether it be in a traditional studio environment, at the beach, or even on the water via paddleboard!

Blues Over Biloxi


July 21-July 22, 2018

Located between Harrah's Great Lawn & Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi

The Blue Angles headline this free show that includes the world-famous Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Army’s Golden Knight parachute team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team, the ACEMAKER Airshows T-33, aerobatic solo performers, warbirds flyovers, U.S. Coast Guard rescue demos, and a host of modern military aircraft. Street vendors and performers will be present up and down the public display areas along Beach Boulevard.

This event is FREE, and just a 5 minute drive from The Roost!

All One People

“All One People” by Christopher Inglis Stebly. Created as a Mississippi bicentennial project, Chris’ original piece has been installed as one solid aluminum sculpture that beautifully tells the story of the past, present & future of the Ocean Springs community. Light refreshments from Eat, Drink, Love, with a brief program & informal reception. This project was a joint effort of the Historic Ocean Springs Association and the Roost Boutique Hotel, with support from the Mississippi Humanities Council. The public, private, non-profit partnership has been recognized for incorporating original art in property development. Plans are underway to support sharing Stebly’s inspiring art in other forms in the community & beyond. The project team also produced a free color “Art Matters in Ocean Springs” printed guide map, which will be released at the event, and will be available through the Chamber and many other locations in town.


The 6 Most Beautiful New Hotels in the Southern U.S... The Roost made the list!!!

We are so excited and honored to announce that The Roost was named as one of the most beautiful New Hotel in the South by Architectural Digest! 

Read the full article here: CLICK HERE

From the article...

The Roost, Boutique Hotel

Located in the artsy Mississippi Gulf Coast town of Ocean Springs, this six-room property is the very definition of a boutique hotel. The town is anchored by the Walter Anderson Museum of Art and Shearwater Pottery, so it’s fitting that the Roost would pay homage to the artist with a namesake guest room. The Shearwater Suite, with a master bedroom and full kitchen, is awash in creamy beach-chic decor and opulent furnishings that make you feel as if you’re weekending at a wealthy but completely unpretentious friend’s summer home. There’s a loftlike common outdoor space equipped with oversize chairs, communal tables, and stunning chandeliers—ideal for sipping wine and doing what Southerners do best: making new friends.


Breweries in South Mississippi

Breweries in South Mississippi

 What’s a foodie destination without delicious, write-home worthy, locally brewed beer? The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to a few breweries worth their weight in suds. Our first choice Brewery is Biloxi Brewing Company offers tours and tastings for $10 for those above 21 years old. No reservations required (unless you want to bring a BIG group). Open Tuesday-Friday 3-8pm and Saturday noon-6pm. Our second location is Chandeleur Brewing Company. Chandeleur Brewing Company brews ales using only malted barley, hops, and local ingredients. Open Monday-Thursday 4pm to 10pm, Friday 1pm to 12am, Saturday 11am to 12am, Sunday 1am to 7pm. Admission charged. Our third location is Crooked Letter Brewing Company. Crooked Letter Brewing Company offers 7,000 square feet of brewing space and includes 2,400 square feet of Tavern space, huge indoor & outdoor bars. Open daily 11am to 11pm. Last but not least, Lazy Magnolia. Lazy Magnolia, Mississippi's first brewery, brews craft beer sold locally and regionally. Tours of the brewery are offered with participants receiving a Lazy Magnolia pint glass and sample of up to 6 different brews. Brewery tours are kid and family friendly. Kids tour for free and get a special Mississippi-mad treat. No samples will be given to anyone under the age of 21. Tours are on Thursday-Friday at 4, 5, and 6pm and Saturday each hour from 11am to 4pm. All guests are required to tour the facility before they can receive their complimentary beer samples. Last call is at 7:15pm and the brewery will close at 7:30pm.

Gulf Coast Golf

Picture you and your friends on one of our world-class golf courses created by legendary designers...maybe names like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Mark McCumber, Jerry Pate, and Tom Fazio ring a bell.

Besides award-winning play from Bay St. Louis to Biloxi to Pascagoula, on our greens, you’re treated to sprawling views of the Gulf Coast while surrounded by nature at its finest. When you’re on one of our nearly 20 courses, just don’t be surprised if you don’t know whether to tee off or take pictures.

That said, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast we're proud to offer something for every budget. So whether you’re a golf pro or just looking to casually hit the links, we have the perfect course - and perfect golf package - for you.

The Top Golf Resorts that are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast would be Shell Landing Golf Course, The Preserve Golf Club, Gulf Hills Golf Club, Sunkist Country Club, and Great Southern Golf Club.


The Roost Boutique Hotel named by Architectural Digest as ‘Most Beautiful Hotel in Mississippi’

“For an authentic and relaxing getaway to the Gulf Coast, the Roost’s chic beach-shack decor will give you vacation vibes upon entry”- Architectural Digest



We are honored to be named ‘Most Beautiful Hotel’ in our State. Our guests have the opportunity to see the unparalleled beauty of the Gulf Coast while being surrounded by coastal charm, delightful amenities, and experience true southern hospitality that The Roost offers. We hope this nomination encourages people to “come roost with us”.

The Roost was designed to highlight all the enchanting qualities of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. From the exterior wall made of oyster shells, and the Spanish moss hanging from the beautiful Live Oaks, this Boutique Hotel highlights all the natural beauty of Ocean Springs. Each suite offers guests a thoughtfully curated, and refreshingly laid back decor that is elegant, coastal, and cozy all at once.

Fall Giveaway

Fall Giveaway

We are so excited for Fall, we decided to give away a free nights stay on Facebook. Here is how it's done; Like, Share, & tag two friends on Facebook and make sure to "like" The Roost. We will be announcing the winner on Facebook on October 1st.

Tuxachanie Coffee & Bright-Eyed Cold Nitro Brew Pop-Up

Tuxachanie Coffee & Bright-Eyed Cold Nitro Brew Pop-Up: August 11 (this Friday)!

Tuxachanie Coffee and Tea, our local coffee roaster specializing in small batch, hand selected imported beans and Bright- Eyed Cold Nitro Brew, the Coast's cold brew coffee company featuring Nitro Brew on tap will be at The Roost!!! Come by and try one of the amazing varieties of freshly brewed coffee, cold brew or teas!