Watering Holes to Remember

It’s a nice summer day, and you’re looking to grab a drink but don’t want to visit the same bar you go to every week? I get it and I’ve got the list for you!

VooSwar Restaurant and Lounge
Built by hand in 1963 by owner Earnest Davis, this Atlantic Beach staple was made to be a place to welcome African-American sailors who felt cast out from other places in the surrounding area during the time of segregation. It has become a lively and lit up bar welcoming all who want to visit, keeping with Davis’ original ideals. The bar boasts large, colorful murals, a full menu and bar, and pool tables. Looking to dance the night away to live music on a dance floor under disco balls? VooSwar is where you need to be.

Boat Drinks
This nautical, tropical-styled restaurant and bar offers fresh seafood and one of the largest rum collections in Northeast Florida. Opened right before COVID-19 hit, the St. Augustine tavern is a fan favorite for their signature frozen cocktails and raw oysters. The menu is littered with recipes gathered from the owners’ travels to the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast. Make sure to visit for a fun atmosphere and great people.

Buchner’s Bierhalle
If German food and beer is your go-to, check out Buchner’s. The German restaurant and bar with a speak-easy twist boasts an impressive list of beer and imported wine. Inspired by the owner’s great-grandfather from Germany, the menu offers all kinds of interesting drinks, small bites and appetizers. Yes, even the beloved German pretzel and bratwurst. Who isn’t a fan of a good charcuterie board? Stop in for some drinks and a board on your next ladies’ night, guys’ night, any night really; you won’t regret it.

About Molly Britt

Molly Britt is a multimedia journalist with Folio Weekly, as well as an account executive. As a Jax Beach local and University of North Florida graduate, she is familiar with all things Duval and Northeast Florida. She enjoys investigative journalism and interviews, using her platform to educate and inform the local community with her words. While at Folio, Britt has enjoyed interviews with the likes of Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls and local small businesses such as Femme Fire Books.