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Coolest Local Hangouts in St. Augustine, FL

There’s not a thing wrong with visiting area attractions while traveling. And when you’re America’s oldest city, you’ve definitely had a great head start on coming up with some winners! But what if you want to hang out where the locals do? To get to know some folks from up the road (as opposed to from across the country), and really get a sense of the regional character? If that sounds like more your speed, we have some great suggestions for cool local hangouts in St. Augustine, FL that will have you kicking back like you own the place.  

Ice Plant

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 food options, and exceptional service, all served in an atmosphere reminiscent of the original factory. Stop by and discover what it really means to chill. 

110 Riberia St, St. Augustine, FL 32084    

A1A Ale Works

Located just off the famous beachfront highway that shares its name, A1A Ale Works is a beer lovers’ paradise. An ever-evolving selection of craft brews 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 gorgeous Matanzas Bay.  

1 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Planet Sarbez!

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, there’s just never a dull moment at this over-the-top entertainment emporium. 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. Don’t miss dropping by this hotspot!

115 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

Stogies Jazz Club & Listening Room

Jazz is America’s most celebrated native art form, and there’s no better place in town to experience it than Stogies. Muted lighting, an outdoor patio and leather sofas give it an exclusive club feel, and live jazz and blues every night means there’s never a bad time to visit. Order a vintage port from the bar, and be sure to ask your server which of the ever-rotating cigar selections from their humidor would pair best with your choice. 

36 Charlotte St Saint Augustine, FL 32084

The Bar With No Name

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 drinks at The Bar With No Name — but the beer is ice-cold, there are regular drink specials, and the people-watching is top-notch. Expect a party vibe with live music and an upbeat crowd on weekends. The outdoor patio also affords excellent views of the nearby Castillo de San Marcos.

16 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

San Sebastian Winery

Florida’s near-tropical climate may not exactly be the typical Mediterranean-style biome most wine growers might say they favor, but our rich soil and consistent sunshine certainly contribute a uniquely desirable terroir to our native grapes. Exhibit A: the award-winning wines from San Sebastian span a wide range of styles, from traditional Chardonnay, Cabernet and Pinot to deliciously flavorful sherry and port varieties. Be sure to check their tours and tastings schedule if you’d like to sample some for yourself. 

157 King Street St. Augustine, Florida 32084

Prohibition Kitchen

The post Great Depression-era ambience of Prohibition Kitchen is a must-see when visiting the city. It’s a particularly inviting place to check out some great live music while you 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 400-year-old pine ceiling. 

119 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Arnold’s Lounge

Arnold’s is a St. Augustine institution. The ‘50s style here is 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 karaoke nights, and don’t miss Ladies’ Night on Fridays.   

3912 N Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Live Like a Local at St. George Inn

Planning to stop in and check out some of these locals’ favorites? You’ll want to take a look at the exclusive offers and rates at St. George Inn. Our St. Augustine travel deals are the best you’ll find anywhere. Just give us a call when you’re all set, and we’ll get your room ready!