Meet Brooks Conley of Lucky’s Rotten Apple

Savannah Vasquez
Brooks Conley shows creativity behind the bar with this Crown Apple Margarita at Lucky's Rotten Apple in Destin. [SAVANNAH VASQUEZ/DAILY NEWS]

If you have been in the area for the last five years, you may have heard the name Brooks Conley. That’s because the man behind the bar at Lucky’s Rotten Apple was a professional MMA fighter until recently.

“I fought professionally and at a couple of shows that were here,” Conley said. “Currently, I haven’t been training for a while but I have plans to get back into it.”

When asked what he likes most about bartending, Conley said the flexibility was the biggest draw.

“That’s one of the positives that I do like about bartending is the fact that I can train in the day and then bartend at night and not have to worry about my hours conflicting with what I do,” he said.

As for his drink of choice, Conley said he’s pretty basic when it comes to alcohol.

“I’m really pretty much just a beer guy and, from time to time, I’ll take shots,” he said. “If I was going to say like a mixed drink, probably just a vodka soda with lime.”

Conely said Lucky’s Rotten Apple is a locals bar during the off season and everyone’s bar during tourist season, and one thing the bar is known for is its "power hour," which offers discounted drinks 5-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-midnight each day.

“Destin is kind of a word-of-mouth kind of place, so people who come down here on vacation, they hear of places to go,” he said. “We don’t have really a lot of bars in the area and, as far as a night club, there’s really none of that besides here.”

When it comes to his signature sip, Conley chose one of his own creations, the Crown Apple Margarita.

“It’s basically a margarita, the only thing different is we use Crown Apple instead of tequila,” he said. “I just decided to use Crown Apple one day and try it out. It kind of reminds me of a red, white and blue Bomb Pop flavor wise.”

Besides bartending and sparring, Conley said when he’s not at work, you can find him at the gym or at one of his favorite hangouts.

“I’m pretty laid back. I like to go out to eat, that’s about it and then the movies. I like getting tattoos, going to the gym, going to the movies, things like that. I’m kind of a boring person, I guess.”

Lucky's Rotten Apple is at 205 Mountain Drive, Destin. For more information, call 850-424-7619, visit or find it on Facebook.


Crown Apple Margarita


• 1 1/2 ounces of Crown Apple

• 1 ounce triple sec

• 1/4 ounce simple syrup

• 1/4 ounce lime juice

• Top off with sour mix


In a glass over ice, pour all ingredients.

Shake by pouring into a mixing tin and back into glass.

Garnish with a lime and enjoy.

Crown Apple Margarita