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Hey, Bartender!

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Pouring by way of St. Augustine’s top-shelf lounge, bar and pub scene, one glass at a time.

By Marie Hough

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Downtown St. Augustine may be probably the most superb location for a night bar crawl. The Historic Metropolis is house to all kinds of cocktail lounges, pubs, taverns, dive bars, and different institutions the place one can order an grownup beverage or two—and all inside strolling distance of one another, so that you’re certain to seek out the libations of alternative for everybody in your celebration. From cozy, historic bars with a narrative to inform, to upscale, trendy cocktail lounges with a aptitude for crafting uncommon flavors, a pub crawl is a good way to discover the Oldest Metropolis, and expertise all it has to supply—or, not less than what you possibly can keep in mind the subsequent morning. So, who’s going to order the Uber?

Tucked away in downtown St. Augustine’s artwork district, Forgotten Tonic gives a casually inviting vibe with a spectacular collection of drinks. They serve a formidable wine listing and a notable assortment of beers, however the principle draw is their prolonged listing of craft cocktails. Severely, the drink menu is 14 pages of tantalizing concoctions of each sort. Pair your cocktails with home eats reminiscent of Cajun egg rolls, baked brie, sautéed mussels and blackened fish. There’s out of doors patio seating plus a handful of tables inside.

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Pop into The Chatsworth, a comfy English pub providing basic cocktails and 30-plus draught beers. The joint serves each domestically distilled liquors and spirits from around the globe, in addition to natural and sustainably made wines. With comfy lounge seating, this little pub is a good place to take a breather. Sip on their signature G + T with gin from England, or strive a brand new beer on draught. The Chatsworth would possibly make you’re feeling such as you’ve jumped throughout the pond for a correct British pint.

Initially established in 1941, St. George Tavern has earned the title of the ‘Oldest Pub within the Oldest Metropolis.’ Escape the hustle and bustle of St. George Avenue, and seize a sales space on this basic dive bar—and we imply that as a praise. The tavern is a favourite of each vacationers and locals, because it gives a no-frills environment bolstered by a pleasant employees. Get pleasure from a pint of beer, check out one in all their many whiskeys, or when you’re fortunate, they’ll be that includes a couple of flavors of their well-known Jello pictures. Sure, they aren’t only for school college students anymore.

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A brief stroll from the Castillo de San Marcos overlooking Matanzas Bay, and on the primary ground of the Casablanca Inn, you’ll discover the Tini Martini bar. Though it’s small in dimension, this lounge carries a giant popularity. Identified for an unbelievable collection of martinis, this is a perfect location when you’re in search of a fairly little drink that packs a punch. Order their Basic Vodka Martini, or strive one in all their different signature flavors like Cucumber or Creme Brulee. Servers will depart the shaker at your desk after filling your glass, simply in case there are extra spirits remaining to be poured.

Subsequent, we head over to Meehan’s Irish Pub and Seafood Home, the place patrons are given permission to “Eat, Drink & Be Irish.” Sit outdoors on the balcony overlooking the water, cozy up in a sales space inside, or hand around in “The Yard,” full with its very personal bar and reside music. Attempt the corned beef and cabbage or checkout native seafood favorites from their in-house oyster bar, and wash all of it down with a pint of Guinness. Participate within the true Irish expertise by sampling one of many many Irish whiskeys readily available.

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Transport your self to a different time in a Thirties Prohibition-era themed classic gastropub and lounge, proper on St. George Avenue. Bask in one in all Prohibition Kitchen’s specialty cocktails, or create your personal Previous-Original. Bartenders will allow you to select the bourbon, bitters and sweetener. Loads of wine and beer are poured, too. For one thing somewhat totally different on a heat night, one of many boozy milkshakes—Bananas Foster with Madi rum or Cookies and Cream laced with chocolate liquor—are sinfully scrumptious. Dwell music retains the joint leaping.

Our crawl takes us to an uncommon spot that’s truly an previous home that has been transformed right into a bar, proper within the coronary heart of the historic district. Stogies Cigar Bar pours an unlimited collection of craft beers and wine. And the phrase “smoke ‘em when you bought ‘em” rings true right here. The humidors are stocked with premium cigars. Friends could chill out inside in comfy lounge areas each upstairs and downstairs, or outdoors on the patio round a fireplace pit. Stogies is favored for its laid again environment and reside music each evening of the week.

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This nautical-themed tropical tavern and oyster bar is a must-do on any St. Augustine bar crawl tour. Boat Drinks is the definition of excellent vibes, nice bites, and unbelievable drinks. Benefit from the breeze on the second story balcony, or spend a while inside amongst the maritime museum of enjoyable decor (which is, in fact, completely Instagrammable). From the S.S. Presso Martini to the Motorboatin Mule, patrons could select from a menu of cleverly named drinks. Charbroiled oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, blackened fish sandwich, jerk rooster skewers… drop anchor and keep some time.

Positioned in a rebuilt and refurbished ice plant constructing from the Twenties, having a libation within the Ice Plant Bar is actually a cool expertise. Pun meant. The farm-to-table restaurant and bar prepares all dishes and drinks with domestically sourced substances. Attempt the smoked fish dip with kettle chips and the house-made pimento cheese topped with guava-datil jelly. The cocktail menu is constructed upon recent juices pressed in-house, an thrilling number of bitters and specifically curated syrups. Belief us, the Napoleon Dynamite, a mixture of rum, apple, habanero, spice pear, agave and lemon, is a winner.

Canine Rose Brewing Co. within the Lincolnville neighborhood includes a spacious taproom that’s superb for gathering with mates for a spherical of shuffleboard or darts, whereas sipping on some scrumptious native brews. There’s additionally a enjoyable out of doors patio, so be happy to convey your furry mates alongside. Not an enormous beer fan? They’ve additionally bought a notable wine listing, in addition to a couple of manufacturers of craft soda. Some snacks are on the market however to name it a restaurant can be a stretch. Swing by for a chill vibe, and occasional reside music acts, then keep for a drink. Perhaps two.

Arguably probably the most visually gorgeous bar within the Oldest Metropolis is discovered adjoining to Cordova Chophouse contained in the Casa Monica Resort resort (pictured on the quilt). An added perk of ordering a drink right here is that you could be additionally bask in small bites from the Chophouse menu. Tuna tartare, shrimp cocktail, grilled octopus and pork stomach—it’s all good. Among the many bar’s signature cocktails is the Kessler Margarita, a mix of tequila, grand marnier and recent lime juice. It’s a becoming libation for the setting, a stunning inside that mixes hints of Spanish and Moorish influences with wealthy materials, delicate gold highlights and cozy seating from the bar itself to a row of extra intimate two-seat tables.

Retaining with the Spanish theme, and solely a brief stroll away from the Casa Monica, is Casa Reina Taqueria. The multi-level restaurant options two bars and out of doors patio areas. The 120-year-old constructing sits a stone’s throw from the Bridge of Lions. As you’d anticipate, the listing of top-shelf tequilas is simply that—high shelf. Attempt the Previous Metropolis margarita, made with Tres Generaciones Reposado, honey syrup, chile bitters and recent lemon. The tequila tasting flights is one to pattern a wide range of high-end spirits. Some chips, salsa and guacamole… you could by no means need to depart.

There are eight Mojo barbecue eateries peppered throughout Florida, together with Mojo Previous Metropolis on Cordova Avenue in St. Augustine. The menu at every is principally the identical with a set of Southern favorites reminiscent of fried pickles, Brunswick stew, smoked turkey, pulled pork, buddy rooster and banana pudding. Whiskey and bourbon play vital roles in Mojo’s rising attraction and cocktails classics just like the Kentucky Mule, Previous Original and Flying Peach are poured recurrently. The draught beer choices embody native brews from Canine Rose, Historic Metropolis and Instinct.

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