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Ragtime Tavern & Seafood Grill

This Atlantic Beach institution has been brewing since 1993

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Having just celebrated its 30th anniversary on June 25, Ragtime Tavern & Seafood Grill is an Atlantic Beach institution. But even the biggest fans of Red Brick Ale and Ragtime shrimp might not realize that the brewpub/restaurant has another claim to fame.

“We’re one of the first ones in the city,” Head Brewer Scott Bannester said.

Originally owned by the Morton family, Ragtime, now owned by Gordon Biersch (like sister restaurants Seven Bridges and A1A Ale Works), has been brewing beer onsite since 1993. (River City Brewing Company began brewing the same year.) Seasonal tapping celebrations – announced on Facebook – are a regular treat.

Offering plenty of seating, a full bar and menu, the large corner property has a vibrant atmosphere diverse enough for a date, a family dinner, a bite after a day at the beach, or some late-night grooves and brews to the tunes of any of a number of popular local bands that frequently take the stage in the taproom on weekends.

Recently remodeled to be more open and inviting, Ragtime has a New Orleans-infused menu packed with seafood that goes great with low-calorie, low-carb Dolphin's Breath Lager or seasonal Summer Honey Ale, a refreshing brew made with local honey.

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