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Your guide to beer, booze and bars in Northeast Florida

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“To alcohol!” the venerable sage Homer J. Simpson once toasted. “The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

We drink to remember, and drink to forget. We drink as social lubricant, and drink to unwind. We drink because it tastes good, and because it gets us high. We drink because drinking is fun. And we write about drinking because writing about drinking is almost as fun as drinking itself. 

Welcome to the inaugural edition of DRINK, Folio Weekly’s celebration of beer, booze and bars in Northeast Florida. We’ll be doing this twice a year — once in spring, once in winter — bringing you a directory of the region’s finest bars as well as features on different aspects of the local drinking culture. For this outing, we’ve focused much of our energy on whiskey’s moment in the sun, though you’ll also find tips on scoring decent affordable bubbly and help locating hot New Year’s Eve party spots, along with an essential guide to Northeast Florida’s many excellent breweries, the winners of our bar-centric readers’ poll, variations on classic cocktails, and much more. Next time, who knows? There’s a lot to explore, and we’re just getting started.

Just a quick disclaimer, which shouldn’t be necessary but probably is: Have a good time, but don’t be dumb about it. Get your drink on, take a cab home, and let’s meet back at our place in May.

— Jeffrey C. Billman, drinker-in-chief

Our guide to Northeast Florida’s bars, by category:

 

CRAFT COCKTAIL


ALOFT TAPESTRY PARK

4812 Deer Lake Dr. W., Southside, 998-4448

Mix, meet, and mingle over music and cocktails. From pints to pinot noirs to signature drinks, plus a snack-attack menu, music, and events. Open 5 p.m.-mid. Sun.-Thur., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Live music Tue. and Thur. Happy hour; $3 domestic bottles, $4 wells, $5 house wines. 

 

bb’s RESTAURANT & BAR

1019 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 306-0100, bbsrestaurant.com

Full bar with hand-crafted cocktails. Happy hour features house infused cocktails, 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Thur. Half-price specialty martinis every Wed. night. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-mid. Fri. and Sat. $$$

 

BLACK SHEEP RESTAURANT 

1534 Oak St., Riverside, 355-3793, blacksheep5points.com

Awesome rooftop bar. Restaurant full bar on the first floor. Brunch, lunch, dinner, fine dining, signature cocktails, wine list. Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur. 10:30 a.m.-mid. Fri., 9:30 a.m.-mid. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 3-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 3 p.m.-close Sun.; $6 craft cocktails, special wine pricing, $1 all drafts. $$$

 

THE BLIND RABBIT WHISKEY BAR

901 King St., Riverside, 337-0146, theblindrabbitwhiskeybar.com

311 Third St. N., Ste. 107, Jax Beach, 595-5915

This new-ish gastropub has an extensive beer selection, including 10 local drafts, and stellar whiskey offerings. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Lunch and dinner are served. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily, all day Mon. and Wed.; $2.50 wells, $2.50 drafts, $4 house wines. $$

 

FLYING IGUANA TAQUERIA
& TEQUILA BAR 

207 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 853-5680, flyingiguana.com

This spot serves a full bar with an emphasis on craft tequilas — more than 100 are served — and 24 drafts. Live music Thur.-Sun. Open 11 a.m.-mid. Sun.-Thur.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. The menu’s a fusion of Latin American and Southwestern-influenced fare. Outdoor seating. Happy hour 3-6 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 9 p.m.-close Sun.-Wed.; $2 draft Bud Light and Yuengling, $5 house margarita, $4 Fireball shots and Jose Cuervo Cinge. $

 

GRAPE & GRAIN EXCHANGE,
THE PARLOUR 

2000 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 396-4455, grapeandgrainexchange.com

The venue offers a full bar as well as Bold City, Intuition, Bold Bean, Steele Wines and Flat Creek Lodge quaffs. Scotch pairings and trunk shows held occasionally. Craft cocktails and visiting “gypsy” bartenders are featured. No smoking, no cover, no food. Open noon-mid. daily. TVs. Trivia on Wed. Live music 9 p.m.-mid. Thur.-Sat. $$

 

THE ICE PLANT

110 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 829-6553,
iceplantbar.com

The cocktails are hand-crafted with fresh, house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of house-made bitters, specially developed syrups and craft liquors, three kinds of ice and custom cubes. Open 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. DJs spin. Happy hour 10:30 p.m.-close nightly; Whiskey Club Wednesdays feature $10 flights 9 p.m.-mid. The farm-to-table menu utilizes locally sourced ingredients. $$$

 

JAXON SOCIAL

1161 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 595-5660,
jaxonsocial.com

Carissa Quigg is head mixologist, overseeing the local craft brews poured at tap tables, as well as craft cocktails infused with fresh seasonal ingredients. Open 4-10 p.m. Tue.; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Wed.-Fri.; 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Full bar, full menu, live music, happy hour. $$$

 

MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET 

5202 Big Island Dr., St Johns Town Center, 645-3474, mitchellsfishmarket.com

Fresh bar, fresh juices squeezed daily; no bottled juices or mixes. Signature cocktail creations utilize fresh fruit and herbs. Beer, wine and liquor. Open daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Happy hour Sun.-Fri., $5 wines, cocktails, appetizers; $3 domestic drafts. $$$

 

MOJO NO. 4 URBAN BBQ & WHISKEY BAR 

3572 St. Johns Ave., Avondale,
381-6670, mojobbq.com

Mojo has an extensive collection of whiskeys from around the world plus a massive bottled beer selection. Carolina-style barbecue, shrimp and grits and specialty cocktails. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun.-Thur., till 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. daily; $6 hand-crafted cocktails, $5 wine, $4 premium liquor, $3 drafts. $$

 

MOJO OLD CITY BBQ 

5 Cordova St., St. Augustine, 342-5264

This Mojo also carries an extensive collection of international whiskeys. The barbecue, served in a variety of regional styles, is smoked in-house. Concrete bar, wood ceiling. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thur., till 2 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. daily; $6 craft cocktails, $5 wine, $4 premium liquor, $3 drafts. $$

MOJO SMOKEHOUSE

1810 Town Center Blvd., Ste. 8,
Fleming Island, 264-0636

Among Fleming Island’s few cocktail bars, Mojo has a selection of bourbons, Scotches and rye whiskeys. The fare is homemade-style barbecue with innovative sides. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. and Mon.; till 10 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. daily; $6 craft cocktails, $5 wine, $4 premium liquor, $3 drafts. $$

 

MOXIE KITCHEN + COCKTAILS 

4972 Big Island Dr., St. Johns Town Center, 998-9744, moxiefl.com

Chef Tom Gray offers contemporary American cuisine, classic and craft cocktails, housemade shrubs and mixers, fresh herbs and fruits, and custom ice cubes. Open 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; $4 local draught beers, $6 house wines by the glass, $5.50 premium wells, $6-$7 happy hour cocktails. $$$

RESTAURANT ORSAY

3630 Park St., Riverside, 381-0909, restaurantorsay.com

The craft cocktails get the same attention to detail as the cuisine. Based on a pre-Prohibition tradition, the cocktails feature an extensive whiskey/whisky selection as well as American craft spirits. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 4-11 p.m. Thur., 4 p.m.-mid. Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour is termed Cocktail Hour here, 4-7 p.m., Night Caps 10-11 p.m. Thur., 10 p.m.-mid. Fri. and Sat. $$$

 

SIDECAR 

1406 Hendricks Ave., San Marco, 527-8990, drinksidecar.com

An urban beer garden and craft cocktail bar, featuring — obvee — the classic sidecar, as well as house craft cocktails including McLaury’s Daisy (Los Amantes mezcal, Cocchi Rosa, strawberry, lime, egg white) and The Escape Artist (Bonai, Cocchi Blanc, Booker’s Bourbon, lemon bitters, Abbotts bitters). Vodka and gin infusions, and traditional cocktails. Scads of local craft brews and other drafts (Cigar City Cracker, Aardwolf, Intuition), plus Bud Light and PBR. White and red wines by the glass or bottle; Champagnes and sparkling wines by the bottle or glass. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; late night 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun.-Thur. Open 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-2 a.m. Sat. and Sun. $$

 

THE VOLSTEAD

115 W. Adams St., Downtown, 414-3171, thevolsteadjax.com

Handcrafted cocktails and an extensive whiskey and Scotch collection are served in an intimate Downtown lounge inspired by the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun. Live music during First Wednesday Art Walk. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; $3 single well, $5 double well, $5 wine, $2 PBR. The changing craft cocktail menu features fresh ingredients and pairings. $$$

 

WHISKEY JAX KITCHEN & COCKTAILS 

10915 Baymeadows Rd., Ste. 135, Baymeadows, 634-7208, whiskeyjax.com

Upscale yet casual gastropub offers chef-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on local. More than 100 whiskeys and 24 beers on tap, full bar. Smoking allowed outside. Live music Mon.-Sat. Open 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. Sat., 10 a.m. Sun. Happy hour 5-7 p.m.; $3 cocktails, drafts and wine. $$

 

 

CRAFT BEER

 

A1A ALE WORKS

1 King St., St. Augustine, 829-2977, a1aaleworks.com

Two-story brew pub overlooking the Bridge of Lions makes six varieties of beer and serves New World cuisine, indoors or out on the balcony. Live entertainment Thur., Fri. and Sat. $$

 

BREW FIVE POINTS

1024 Park St., Five Points, 374-5789, brewfivepoints.com

The local craft beer, espresso, coffee and wine bar has rotating hand-selected featured drafts and more than 75 canned craft beers. Also serving sodas, tea and a limited menu. Open 7:30 a.m.-mid. Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-mid. Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun., 4 p.m.-mid. Mon. Happy hour 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and all day Sunday; $1 off drafts, $4 wines. $$

 

COPPER TAP HOUSE

13500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 25, Intracoastal, 

647-6595, copperjax.com

The locally owned and operated place has an emphasis on regional craft beers and cocktails, craft cuisine, and housemade regional sliders. TVs, games, trivia 7:30 p.m. Tue., 8:30 p.m. Thur. Live music 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; $5 specialty drinks, $3 wine. The bar top is covered with 52,000 pennies and Copper serves a big beer flight. Open 4-11 p.m. Mon.-Thur.; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat.; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. $$

ENGINE 15 BREWING CO.

1500 Beach Blvd., Ste. 217, Jax Beach, 

249-2337, engine15.com

This popular spot serves 50 taps of craft beers, including selections of Engine 15’s own, as well as gastropub fare. Ask how you can sign up for brew-it-yourself groups. Open 4:30 p.m.-mid. Mon.; 11 a.m.-mid. Tue.-Sun. Trivia on Tue. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; $3.50 pints, $4.50 20-ounce. $

 

EUROPEAN STREET CAFE 

1704 San Marco Blvd., San Marco, 398-9500, europeanstreet.com

2753 Park St., Riverside, 384-9999

5500 Beach Blvd., Southside, 398-1717

992 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 249-3001

More than 130 imported beers, 20 on tap. New York-style sandwich menu. Outside seating at some locations. Open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $

 

GERMAN SCHNITZEL HAUS
& BIER GARTEN 

13475 Atlantic Blvd., Ste. 40, Intracoastal, 

221-9700, germanschnitzelhausofjacksonville.com

Authentic German cuisine and homemade-style desserts and beer — 13 German drafts on tap, full liquor bar. Open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Outdoor bier garten with TVs, live music, German oompah band once a month and every Fri. and Sat. during Oktoberfest. Happy hour: half-priced beer, house wine and well liquor. $$

 

GREEN ROOM BREWING

228 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 201-9238, greenroombrewing.com 

The microbrewery is open 4 p.m.-mid. Tue.-Fri.; noon-mid. Sat. and Sun. Happy hour 5-8 p.m. daily. Various drink specials, 16 taps, dogs are welcome, bring your own food. $$

 

INTUITION ALE WORKS

720 King St., Riverside, 683-7720, intuitionaleworks.com

The brewery creates crafts beers and offers a rotating selection of 20 of them in its casual, relaxed taproom, staffed with knowledgeable brewers. Some of the creations are only available in the taproom. Live music, TVs. Open 3-11 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-11 p.m. Sat. $

 

KICKBACKS GASTROPUB, 

GOOZLEPIPE & GUTTYWORKS

910 King St., Riverside, 388-9551

Open every day, 20 hours a day 7 a.m.-3 a.m., with a full bar that has more than 655 bottled beers and another 84 on tap. An innovative take on standard pub fare is offered. Live music on Sun. Flatscreen TVs. Smoking is allowed. Happy hour 2-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $1 off drafts, $2 off wells. Outdoor seating. The adjoining new venue Goozlepipe & Guttyworks features a steampunk décor and new menu. $$ 

 

LOLA’S BURRITO JOINT

1522 King St., Riverside, 738-7181, lolasburritojoint.com

More than 50 craft beers, some local, as well as signature margaritas. Sunday brunch has bottomless mimosas. Open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 2-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $1.47 domestic drafts, $2.47 Bold City, Intuition taps, Duke, Killer Whale, I-10, Pale ale; $2.50 wells, half-off margaritas, $2 house wines. $$

 

RAGTIME TAVERN & SEAFOOD GRILL 

207 Atlantic Blvd., Beaches Town Center, Atlantic Beach, 241-7877, ragtimetavern.com

Three different bars under one roof. Microbrewery with big screen TVs and live music; comfortable, cool, cocktail area and the original bar in the dining room. Beer, wine, and liquor. 11 a.m.-mid. Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Fri. and Sat. Live music Wed.-Sun. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; $1 off beer, $2 off wine, $5 cocktails; food specials. $$

 

RIVER CITY BREWING COMPANY

835 Museum Cir., Southbank, 398-2299, rivercitybrew.com

A full menu and full bar are served on the Southbank Riverwalk on the St. Johns River. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon. and Tue.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wed. and Thur.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $2.50 draft beers, well drinks, glasses of house wine. $$

 

SAUCY TACO

450 S.R. 13 N., Ste. 113, Julington Creek, 

287-8226, saucytaco.com

Seriously locally owned and operated. Light Mexican with American influenced menu. There are 40 beers on draft, many local. Live music Fri. and Sat. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-mid. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 3-7 p.m., 9 p.m.-close; $2 domestic drafts, $1 off wells, $3 margaritas all day every day. $$

 

SEVEN BRIDGES GRILLE & BREWERY 

9735 Gate Parkway N., Tinseltown, 997-1999, 7bridgesgrille.com

Brewer Aaron Nesbit handcrafts award-winning freshly brewed ales and lagers. Play pool for free until 4 p.m. Live music Fri., weather permitting. Open 11 a.m.-mid. Mon.-Thur.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 4-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 p.m.-close; food and drink specials; $1 off Seven Bridges beers, 

$2 off wine by the glass, $5 all ultra-premium cocktails. $$

 

THREE LAYERS COFFEEHOUSE 

1602 Walnut St., Springfield, 355-9791, threelayersacoffeehouse.com

This coffeehouse offers beer (featuring Bold City Brewery beers) and wine, desserts and pastries, light lunches. Indoors and courtyard dining. Local artists’ works on the walls. Free Wi-Fi. Live music Wed.-Sun. The Cellar is an adjacent wine bar. $$

 

WORLD OF BEER 

9700 Deer Lake Court, Ste. 1, Southside, 

551-5929, worldofbeer.com

This beercentric place serves burgers, tavern fare, 50 rotating drafts, 600 beers, craft drafts from all over: Germany, Cali, Florida (Bold City brews), Ireland and Belgium. Wines, too. Smoking allowed on the outside patio; 17 TVs, trivia every Tue. Open noon-mid. daily. Live local music Thur.-Sat. Happy hour till 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $1 off select drafts and wine. $$

 

ZETA BREWING COMPANY 

131 First Ave. N., Jax Beach, 372-0727, zetajax.com

Zeta brews its own beer, lagers and ales, and offers craft cocktails, a full liquor bar and full service restaurant. Martinis and moonshine, too. Sample craft beer flights daily. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Live music Thur.-Sun. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $3.50 beers, $3 house wine, $3 wells. $$

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD BARS/
DIVES/PUBS

 

ANN O’MALLEY’S DELI & PUB

23 Orange St., St. Augustine, 825-4040, annomalleys.com

Across from the Old City Gates, Ann O’Malley’s serves Irish beers on tap and a casual menu. Dine indoors or out on the porch. Open mic every Tue., trivia every Thur., live music on weekends. $

BARLEY REPUBLIC IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE & RESTAURANT 

48 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 547-2023, barleyrepublicph.com

The Irish bar and pub offers more than 70 beers and wines, including 10 on draft daily. Live music on weekends. Dine indoors or outside on the deck. $$ 


BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS

869 Stockton St., Stes. 1-2, Riverside, 

855-1181, boldbeancoffee.com

2400 S. Third St., Ste. 201, Jax Beach

Bold Bean has a small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting coffee, and some excellent wine and beer choices, too. Occasional live music and/or DJ. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., $4 craft beers. $

BRASS ANCHOR PUB

2292 Mayport Rd., Ste. 35, Atlantic Beach, 249-0301

The bar and grill is open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Karaoke Sat. night. Happy hour 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $2 draft beers; $6 pitchers of domestic beer; $2.50 bottles of domestic beer; $10 buckets of domestic beer. $

 

THE BRITISH PUB

213 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 810-5111

This pub has a full bar, darts and ale, beer and wine, as well as Brit bar fare. $$

BULL TAVERN

7217 Atlantic Blvd., Arlington, 724-2337

Open daily. There’s live music, Karaoke, pool tables and drink specials. $

 

CARMINE’S PIE HOUSE

2677 Forbes St., Riverside, 387-1400, carminespiehouse.com

Craft beers and microbrews are served. Open 11 a.m.-10:20 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 2-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $1.50 slices and half-price Bold City, Intuition and domestic drafts, half-price house wine; 8 p.m.-close Tue. and Wed., it’s half-price Bold City, Intuition and domestic drafts, half-price house wine. Trivia every Mon. $$

 

CHEERS

11475 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 262-4337, cheersjax.com 

Can’t guarantee that everyone will know your name, but it’s still a friendly place. Happy hour 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tue.-Sat. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. $$

 

THE COFFEE GRINDER

9834 Old Baymeadows Rd., Baymeadows, 

642-7600, thecoffeegrinderjax.com

Serving coffee, beer and wine. A DJ spins; local art hangs, live music is played. Open 7 a.m.-mid. Mon.-Thur.; 8 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Fri. and Sat.; 8:30 a.m.-mid. Sun. $$

 

THE CORAZON CINEMA & CAFE

36 Granada St., St. Augustine, 679-5736, corazoncinemaandcafe.com

Have a glass of beer or wine and a bite to eat or see a movie in the heart of the Ancient City. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Occasional live music.

 

CULHANE’S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE

967 Atlantic Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-9595, culhanesirishpub.com

An upscale Irish pub and restaurant run by four sisters from County Limerick. A full bar is served. Open 3 p.m.-mid. Tue.-Thur., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun. Karaoke on Sat., trivia Wed., Thur. and Sun. Live music and/or a DJ on Fri., Sat. and Sun. Happy hour. $$

 

DIVE BAR 

331 E. Bay St., Downtown, 359-9090 

The full liquor bar is open 8 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. There’s a DJ, live music, and dancing. $

 

DOG STAR TAVERN 

10 N. Second St., Fernandina Beach, 277-8010

Full liquor bar, 16 rotating taps, live music five nights week are featured. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.; noon-2 a.m. Tue.-Sun. $

 

DONOVAN’S IRISH PUB

7440 U.S. 1 N., Ste. 108, St. Augustine,
 

829-0000, donovansirishpub.com

This spot serves a full bar including Irish beers and whiskeys, classic Irish entrées and traditional American dinners, as well as pub grub. Six HDTVs, pool tables and Wii. $$

 

DOS GATOS

123 E. Forsyth St., Downtown, 354-0666

Craft cocktails and beers are served. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Karaoke on Mon., trivia on Thur. A DJ spins most nights. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $3 drafts, $4 premium wells, $5 wine. $$ 

FIONN MACCOOL’S IRISH
PUB & RESTAURANT 

Jacksonville Landing, Ste. 176, 2 Independent Dr., Downtown, 374-1547, fionnmacs.com

This popular pub offers a full bar, Irish drinks and casual dining with an uptown Irish atmosphere. Live music daily. $$

 

FLY’S TIE IRISH PUB

177 E. Sailfish Drive, Atlantic Beach, 246-4293

A full bar is served in this super-casual joint. Live music Wed.-Sun. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily; $1 off all drinks. Live music on most weekends, Sunday brunch, no cover. $$

 

GINGER’S PLACE

304 Third St. S., Jax Beach, 249-8711

Family-owned (haunted) local joint serves a full bar. A DJ spins, there’s live music some nights, and Karaoke, a jukebox, pool tables. Smoking is allowed. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. $

 

GREEN TURTLE TAVERN 

14 S. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 321-2324, greenturtletavern.com

Housed in a historic shotgun shack, offering cold local beer and a chill atmosphere. Live music on weekends. A full bar is served. Open noon-1 a.m. daily. Happy hour 6 p.m.-close. $

 

HAMMERHEAD BEACH TAVERN

2045 S. Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, 

261-7007
, hammerheadbeachbar.com

The neighborhood waterfront bar serves food and a full bar. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Pool tables, trivia, DJs. $

 

HARPOON LOUIE’S

4070 Herschel St., Ste. 8, Avondale, 389-5631

Locally-owned-and-operated, Harp’s serves beer and wine and a full menu. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Trivia, live music, bingo. $$

 

KARIBREW PUB

27 N. Third St., Fernandina Beach, 277-5269, cafekaribo.com

Next door to its sister restaurant, Cafe Karibo. Karibrew offers a variety of beers, spirits and pub food. Open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat.; 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday brunch. Happy hour 4-6 p.m. daily; $3 Kronenbourg, Yuengling and Coors Lite, $4 Caribou Cafe red or white wine, $5 mixed drinks and feature martinis, $2 sliders (choose from five different sliders). $$

 

THE KING’S HEAD BRITISH PUB

6460 U.S. 1 N., St. Augustine, 823-9787, kingsheadbritishpub.com

Owner Ann Dyke and staff serve British draught beers and cider in 20-ounce Imperial pints in an authentic pub, plus a full bar and Brit menu. Look for the red double-decker bus out front. $$

 

LYNCH’S IRISH PUB 

514 N. First St., Jax Beach, 249-5181, lynchirishpub.com

More than 50 imported and domestic draft beers on tap and a full bar are served at Lynch’s, a mainstay for 20 years. Smoking is allowed. A full menu is served. Live music nightly. Pool tables, TVs. Trivia Tue. and Thur. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $1 off all drinks, $2 Pint of the Night. $$

 

MEEHAN’S IRISH PUB & SEAFOOD HOUSE

20 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, 

810-1923, meehansirishpub.com

This pub, just south of the old fort, offers traditional pub fare and a full bar. $$$

 

MELLOW MUSHROOM

3611 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 388-0200, mellowmushroom.com

1018 Third St. N., Jax Beach, 246-1500

1800 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island, 541-1999

9734 Deer Lake Ct., Ste. 1, Southside, 997-1955

Mellow Mushroom has 35 beers on tap — some local crafts — and a full bar and Moscow Mule on draft. Happy hour all day, every day. Live music at some locations Thur.-Sat. Outside dining. Games, TVs. Trivia every Mon. Open 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. daily. Happy hour Mon.-Fri.; $1 off all drafts, craft cocktails and glasses of wine, $5 select apps. $$

 

MONKEY’S UNCLE TAVERN 

1850 S. Third St., Jax Beach, 246-1070, monkeysuncletavern.com

10503 San Jose Blvd., Mandarin, 260-1349

For more than 25 years, Monkey’s has served a full liquor bar and bar food. Hang inside or on the patio. Karaoke every Tue.-Thur. , Sat. and Sun. Open 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily. Happy hour 2-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. $

 

MOSSFIRE GRILL & LOUNGE

1537 Margaret St., Riverside, 355-4434, mossfire.com

Southwestern/New American fusion cuisine, massive tequila selection, friendly bartenders. Happy hour 3-7 daily; $3.50 house margaritas, $4 glass house wine, discounted draft beer, well liquor drinks. Open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. $$

 

MULLIGAN’S PUB

45 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 

285-1506, mulliganspubpontevedra.com

The Irish pub, at the Hilton Garden Inn, offers a full bar, including Guinness and a variety of favorites and Irish dishes. Open 7 a.m.-mid. daily. Games, jukebox, TVs, Karaoke, and trivia on Tue. Happy hour 3-9 p.m. daily; half-price house wine, domestic draft and wells. $$

 

NIPPERS BEACH GRILLE 

2309 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 247-3300, nippersbeachgrille.com

Chef-driven Southern coastal cuisine and a full bar are served overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Dine inside or on the tiki deck. Live music nightly. Valet parking. $$

 

O’BROTHERS IRISH PUB

1521 Margaret St., Riverside, 854-9300, obrothersirishpub.com

The casual joint has a full bar, traditional Irish fare and American favorites. Outdoor patio dining is available, where smoking is allowed. Open noon Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Games, TVs; trivia every Thur. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 p.m.-close nightly; $1 off domestic and microbrew drafts, $3 wells, $5 wines. $$

 

PANAMA HATTIE’S

361 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach, 471-2192, panamahattiesbar.com

Across from the St. Johns County pier. Casual beach fare and a full bar are served. Live bands nightly. Dine inside or out on the ocean-view deck upstairs. The full bar’s open till 2 a.m. $

 

PETE’S BAR 

117 First St., Neptune Beach, 249-9158

Pete’s, slammin’ since 1933, serves a full bar and cheap draft beer. Smoke to your lungs’ content. Meet your husband/wife/next victim. Pete’s has pool tables, foosball, jukebox. Happy hour daily. We love Pete’s. $

 

RAIN DOGS.

1045 Park St., 5 Points, 379-4969

Five Points’ living room has eclectic brews and wines, homemade sangria, coffees, teas. Local and national live music and DJs. Community bookshelf, rotating art shows. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sun.-Fri., noon-mid. Sat. Pinball, classic arcade games, TVs. Karaoke 9:30 p.m. Thur., trivia 7:45 p.m. Mon. Happy hour 4-7 p.m.; $1 off drafts and wine. $

 

THE RITZ LOUNGE

185 Third Ave. N., Jax Beach, 246-2255, theritzlounge.com

A full bar is served. Happy hour, pool tables, DJs and dancing are featured. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; noon-2 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Smoking is allowed. A cover is charged. $$

 

THE ROADHOUSE

231 Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, 264-0611, roadhouseonline.net

Six pool tables, dartboards, foosball and TVs (two big screens); live music Mon., Thur.-Sat. and more than 75 imported beers. A full bar is served. Open 4-10 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thur.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; $10 Miller Lite, Coors Light buckets (5 bottles); $4 Bacardi, Jim Beam, Pinnacle; $5 Blue Chair Bay, Jack Daniel’s, Absolut, Jameson. $

 

ROGUE BAR

927 King St., Murray Hill, 551-1350, roguejax.com

Rogue has the basics: rock ’n’ roll, whiskey and tacos. A full bar is served. Open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Darts, TVs; trivia 8 p.m. Wed. Photo ops in the bathtub. Buy a set of Mason jar rings; throw them and if you ring a bottle behind the bar, you get a free shot from that bottle. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. daily; one free taco with every purchased drink. $

 

THE TAVERN ON 1ST STREET

401 First St. N., Jax Beach, 435-4124

A full bar and full menu are served. Open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mon.-Fri.; 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. and Sun. Happy hour daily; $3 rum special. $$

 

WEST INN LOUNGE

3644 St. Johns Ave., Avondale, 389-1131

This spot has an attached liquor store and heated outdoor patio. A full bar is served; daily specials. A limited food menu is available. Smoking is allowed. Pool tables, a jukebox, TVs. Karaoke every Mon.; live music and/or DJs on Fri. Open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $1 domestic draft, $5 domestic pitchers and shot specials. $

 

YOUR PLACE BAR & GRILL

13245 Atlantic Blvd., Intracoastal, 221-9994

Live music is presented nightly. A full bar and bar fare are served. $$

 

 

WATERFRONT

 

AZURÉA

1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, 249-7402, oneoceanresort.com

In One Ocean Resort hotel, Azuréa offers an extensive wine list, a full bar and oceanfront dining. $$$$

 

BILLY’S BOAT HOUSE GRILL 

2321 Beach Blvd., Jax Beach, 241-9771, billysboathousegrill.com

At Beach Marine with an Intracoastal Waterway vista, Billy’s serves a full bar, fresh local seafood and steaks. Trivia every Mon., oyster and wing specials every Thur. Live music Wed.-Sun. $$

 

BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFÉ

1 S. Front St., Fernandina Beach, 261-2660

Overlooking the Marina, Brett’s serves a full bar and fresh seafood. Open 11:30 a.m. daily. $$$

CAP’S ON THE WATER

4325 Myrtle St., Vilano Beach, 824-8794, capsonthewater.com

The Vilano Beach mainstay serves a full bar, coastal cuisine indoors or out on the deck. Boat access. $$

 

CASA MARINA INN & RESTAURANT

691 First St. N., Jax Beach, 270-0025, casamarinahotel.com

Penthouse Lounge offers a martini bar and a terrific view of the Atlantic Ocean. The 1924 restaurant is the oldest structure in Jax Beach; dine indoors, on the verandah or in the oceanfront courtyard. A full bar and craft cocktails are served. $$

 

THE CONCH HOUSE 

57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine, 829-8646, conch-house.com

Indoor seating and Tiki huts built out over Salt Run. Tropical drinks are a specialty. Live entertainment, including Reggae Sunday, on weekends. $$

 

KINGFISH GRILL

252 Yacht Club Dr., St. Augustine, 824-2111, kingfishgrill.com

Casual waterside dining indoors and out on the

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