A1A Ale Works is St. Augustine's answer to craft beer connoisseurs who seek suds in this sun-soaked town. The brewers focus primarily on ales and lagers, but they also feature some different styles as well as a couple of seasonal beers. The Porpoise Point IPA is one of their best, it's made with delicious Galena and Cascade hops which give it a bright, citrus-like finish. Overall, A1A is the quintessential spot for beer lovers to find a variety of award-winning, local suds, where each one accompanies the fresh Caribbean-influenced seafood dishes on the food menu perfectly.
Oasis is a well-known watering hole offering casual dining, a full bar and direct access to the beach. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and each service has everything from traditional eggs and waffles to burgers, dogs, soups and salads. The bar is usually filled with local patrons who come to watch one of the games on more than 40 different TVs and enjoy a bucket of oysters. Others come for the live music that varies depending on the night, sometimes its rock, sometimes its country or something in-between.
The Tradewinds Lounge bills itself as the oldest club in the oldest city in America. Whether true or not, the bar is still located in a charming 18th-century building. Upon entering, the music and Tiki decor definitely give the bar that 'Parrothead,' island-type of vibe (Mr. Parrothead himself, Jimmy Buffet played here at the beginning of his career). There is no kitchen, just pub snacks like chips, pretzels and popcorn, but most people come for the music, camaraderie and cold beer.
The Cellar Upstars Wine Bar is located in St. Augustine's very own San Sebastian Winery. Of course, most of the wines come from the estate, and though Florida is not synonymous with Napa Valley, remember that it was this part of the coast where French Huguenots first cultivated the grape in the Americas. The Cellar is only open on weekends, but the winery conducts tours throughout the week. If you do make it while its open, the Cellar has a great patio deck where you can sip your vino and listen to live music.
At Isabela's guests can fire up a fine cigar and cork a nice vintage in an intimate little spot after a day of sightseeing in this historic city. Isabela still runs the shop, where she treats every guest like family and if she's not there, her qualified staff will help you pick out the right cigar or bottle. In addition to wine, the bar also has a great selection of local and imported beers. The list of cigars is impressive, from Macanudo to A. Fuente, you can even get Cohibas.
The Ice Plant is housed in a former ice factory that was built in 1927, where it still retains many of the original details of the original building. The cold concrete walls and exposed brick bar transport you back to the Roaring Twenties alongside craft cocktails made with care. The food menu runs the gamut depending on how hungry you are, from bar snacks and small plates to lunch and entrees. Most come for the cocktails however, where each one has interesting and innovative ingredients; some of which are only found fresh in St. Augustine like the Datil Pepper Tincture or the St. Augustine Distillery Cane Vodka.
Planet Sarbez is proof that good things really do come in small packages. Bar, cafe, boutique, art gallery and event venue rolled in to one, Planet Sarbez offers its patrons an eclectic mix of delights. With its vibrant colors, contemporary art pieces and laid-back vibe, the bar is an attraction in itself. On the menu you will find delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, alongside an impressive selection of beers and wine. Indulge in a bit of retail therapy at the Planet Sarbez boutique where you will find one of a kind pieces produced by local artists, or explore the many fun-filled treasures scattered throughout this joint. Games, books, videos, music and scrumptious bites, at Planet Sarbez you will find a seemingly endless variety of fun things to do. The bar also hosts stellar live performances at least once a week, so be sure to keep an eye on their facebook page for the latest updates.
This yellow, two-story pub with wide verandah and lots of plants is located near the city gates. The deli and pub offer a variety of basic sandwiches including smoked turkey, pastrami, corned beef, ham and cheese and roast beef ($5). Salads include tuna, chicken breast, house. Ann O'Malley's houses domestic and imported bottled beers, plus wine and soft drinks are available.
Every town needs a good wine bar, and fortunately St. Augustine has several. One of those wine bars, DOS Coffee & Wine, is found at the far end of San Marcos Avenue, where the variety of wine and coffee changes often, so guests are assured of something novel. In addition to super libations from around the world, the bar hosts live music on certain nights. On the menu, the kitchen serves pressed sandwiches, cheese boards and artisan salads and if you get here early, they even serve breakfast.