Visitors’ Guide to St. Augustine Nightlife
There’s no end to the reasons why people visit St. Augustine. As America’s oldest city, our rich history draws guests from far and wide. Our burgeoning reputation as a “foodie town” grows every day. And it’s tough to beat all the ways there are to experience the warm weather, beaches, and ocean life. Still, one of the more overlooked aspects of the city’s special charm is its abundance of great ways to enjoy yourself once the sun goes down. To that end, let’s take a closer look at some of the best places to explore St. Augustine nightlife.
Some bars are places where everyone knows your name. Other bars never even decided on one for themselves. You won’t find a lot of fancy frou-frou drinks at The Bar With No Name — but the beer is ice-cold, there are regular mixed-drink specials, and the people-watching is second-to-none. Expect a party vibe with live music on weekends, and an especially upbeat crowd. The outdoor patio also affords excellent views of the nearby Castillo de San Marcos.
While not a nightclub per se, “The Amp” still offers an incredible option to anyone looking for an incredible evening out in the city. As St. Augustine’s premier destination for big-ticket live music, the amphitheatre hosts a full schedule of national touring artists year round. Upcoming shows at The Amp include performances by Emmylou Harris, Pat Benatar, Flogging Molly, John Legend, Brantley Gilbert, Modest Mouse, Earth Wind & Fire, TLC, and The Revivalists.
Arnold’s is a St. Augustine institution — one with a ‘50s style reminiscent of the “Happy Days” hangout that shares its name. It’s a locals’ favorite thanks to its welcoming atmosphere, and the fact that it consistently delivers the “live music, food, fun & spirits” promised on the vintage neon sign out front. Dance to live music every Saturday, become a rock star yourself during Monday and Thursday karaoke nights, and don’t miss Ladies’ Night on Fridays.
The post Great Depression-era ambience of Prohibition Kitchen is a must-see when visiting the city. It always serves as a particularly inviting place to check out some great live music, tuck into a plate of satisfying gastropub fare, and enjoy speakeasy-style drinks at the longest bar in town. The balcony-level seating area is an especially cool place to relax, as you’ll have a peach view of both the stage below and the reclaimed 400-year-old colonial pine ceiling.
Jazz is America’s most celebrated native art form, and there’s no better place in town to experience it than Stogies. Subdued lighting, an outdoor patio and leather sofas give it an exclusive club feel, and seven-days-a-week live jazz and blues means there’s never a bad time to visit. Order up a vintage port from the fully-stocked bar, and be sure to ask your server which of the ever-rotating cigar selections from their humidor would pair best with the notes.
As St. Augustine’s most unpredictable destination, Sarbez! Is never the same place twice. Equal parts bar, restaurant, arcade, art gallery and concert venue, this over-the-top entertainment emporium is a guaranteed good time. Into retro video games? Play to your heart’s content. Hungry? Don’t skip the signature grilled cheese, served until close. Feel like rocking out? The live music calendar features a rotating roster of every genre of music imaginable. Don’t miss out!