The Best Bars in St Augustine
Florida is called “The Sunshine State” for a reason. Countless visitors flock to our shores every year to soak up all kinds of fun in the sun. But — as anyone who has enjoyed our amazing weather knows — all of that warmth and activity can be thirsty work. In light of that (and since our fair city was named after St. Augustine of Hippo, who just so happens to be the patron saint of brewing), we thought it might be fun to take a look at some of the best bars in St Augustine.
So read on, and then get out there and whet your whistle with some lovely libations!
This inviting local landmark was once exactly what it appears to be. In the days before refrigeration was commonly available, the Ice Plant supplied St. Augustine’s homes and businesses with large blocks of frozen frigidity for their iceboxes. Today, the offerings on the menu are no less refreshing. Visitors will find carefully handcrafted cocktails, farm-to-table menu options, and exceptional service, all served in an atmosphere reminiscent of the original factory.
Craft beers are the order of the day at Dog Rose. Specialty brews are created on-site, with many being experimental or limited-edition. Styles vary greatly from European wheat lagers to lip-smacking sours to hop-heavy IPAs, so there’s always something new and exciting to try every time you visit. And what goes better with a cold one than a little friendly competition? Gather your crew for a little shuffleboard or darts and play to your heart’s content.
Eight-time winner of “Best Bar in St. Augustine” honors by Folio Magazine, Scarlett O’Hara’s has been a tradition in town for more than four decades. Guests are greeted by charming Southern-style decor, award-winning BBQ, and a full menu of beer, wine, and cocktails. Live music is a frequent feature, as are pub trivia and karaoke. Before you go, pop upstairs to the Ghost Bar — listed on the National Register of Haunted Places — and check out some different spirits.
Located just off the famous beachfront highway that shares its name, A1A Ale Works is a beer lover’s paradise. An ever-evolving selection of craft beers is always full of delicious surprises, and an enticing food menu of scratch-cooked, pub-style favorites (like loaded nachos, beer-cheese soup, and shrimp and grits) will satisfy even the hungriest of diners. The view is also spectacular, with a dining room that overlooks picturesque Matanzas Bay.
There’s no other place in St. Augustine that offers an experience quite like what Sarbez! has on tap. Equal parts bar, restaurant, arcade, art gallery, and concert venue, this over-the-top entertainment emporium is sure to entertain. Into retro video games? Play to your heart’s content. Hungry? Don’t skip the signature grilled cheese, served until the wee hours. Ready to rock out? The live music calendar has your back. It’s just wall-to-wall fun here, and the party never stops.
There’s nothing that compares to a good old-fashioned Irish pub. If you know, you know. And the folks at Barley Republic most definitely do. This gastropub and cocktail lounge not only has a deep well of whiskies and plenty of Irish beer on tap (draft Black & Tan, anyone?), but the menu is also brimming with Irish favorites. Potato leek soup? Of course. Shepherd’s pie? The best in town. You can even dig into some bangers and mash if you’re feeling the vibe.
Plan Your Tipsy Tour
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