Cocktails & Evening Entertainment
From the historic district in downtown Fernandina Beach along the riverfront and city marina crossing the island to the Atlantic coast beachfront.
Browse this listing of Amelia Island bars from one tip of the island to the other, some of the most popular venues to enjoy cocktails and an evening out on the town.
HISTORIC DISTRICT, DOWNTOWN FERNANDINA BEACH
PALACE SALOON– If you’re in downtown Fernandina, try a local favorite cocktail, “Pirate’s Punch,” at the Palace Saloon (113 Centre St.), the oldest continuously-operated drinking establishment in Florida. The Palace Saloon was the “ship captain’s bar” also serving elite families of Fernandina and neighboring Cumberland Island, Georgia (Carnegies and Rockefellers). The saloon’s 40-foot bar is a wonderful relic from the turn-of-the-century, surrounded by mosaic tile floors, embossed tin ceilings and murals painted on the walls. The founder of Anheuser-Busch, Adolphus Busch, reportedly assisted in designing the elegant bar. The Palace Saloon also offers live entertainment some evenings. Visit The Palace’s web site at www.thepalacesaloon.com or call 904-491-3332 for further information. Also check out Sheffield’s at the Palace, featuring classic cocktails and craft beers.GREEN TURTLE TAVERN (LOCATED NEXT DOOR TO FLORIDA HOUSE INN), located at 14 South 3rd Street. Green Turtle has nice atmosphere for cocktails and conversation including outdoor side porch seating. Check out the Green Turtle’s Facebook page. Phone: 904-321-2324.
KARIBREW BREW PUB — Does the freshest beer on Amelia Island sound enticing? Then quench your thirst at the only brew pub making home made beer on the island, located in the historic district at 27 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-5269 (adjacent to Cafe Karibo). KARIBREW also offers nice bites like soft-shelled crab sandwich, tasty burgers. The cafe itself has great food, check out their online menu at website: www.cafekaribo.com. See the latest about what’s happening at Cafe Karibo and the pub at their Facebook page.SALTY PELICAN BAR & GRILL, FRONT STREET (at railroad tracks across from Amelia River and Fernandina Marina), “showcasing fresh cocktails and excellent craft beers,” with menu featuring Mayport Shrimp, Gulf Coast Oysters, Fresh Fish, and more. Being on the riverfront, watch the sun go down from the Salty Pelican.
DOG STAR TAVERN at 10 North 2nd Street, 904-277-8010, just off historic Centre Street (in the White Building, circa 1878) features a long bar inside and outside seating in the stable yard. Check out Dog Star Tavern’s FACEBOOK page for latest news and entertainment schedule.
BRETT’S WATERWAY CAFE at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Front Need a sunset to soothe your soul? Sip a Martini while you relax in rocking chairs and witness a gorgeous sunset over the Fernandina Harbor — a view available from the rear porch of Brett’s Waterway Cafe (located at foot of Centre Street). Brett’s has a prime location at the marina on the Amelia River, a spot that can’t be beat for sunset drinks with a waterfront view. Take a stroll on the nearby docks while you admire the yachts at the adjoining Fernandina Beach marina. Call Brett’s for further information about operating hours (summer vs. off season) at 904-261-2660.David’s Restaurant, 802 Ash Street at corner of 8th Street. David’s offers a beautiful cocktail lounge with live entertainment some evenings. Opened by the Hoyt House innkeepers, Fernandina’s newest fine dining restaurant downtown is located half a block from the historic Hoyt House B & B. “Serving the finest seafood and meats available on Amelia Island,” the menu features fresh local shrimp, Chilean Sea Bass, English Channel Dover Sole, and Seafood Risotto to the finest prime meats. Call 904-310-6049 for reservations, visit David’s website www.AmeliaIslandDavids.com.
TWILIGHT BYOB CRUISE DEPARTS FROM FERNANDINA HARBOR MARINAAll aboard the evening “Twilight BYOB Cruise” by Amelia River Cruises, departing from the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina (ticket booth at 1 Front Street on the riverfront boardwalk, call for reservations 904-261-9972). Does cruisin’ and boozin’ while listening to tunes sound intriguing? This boat tour on the Amelia River (weather permitting), is a 2-hour boat ride that also offers live entertainment featuring local artists. Listen to live music, see a sunset out on the water, and bring your own bottle to enjoy a drink – beer, wine or beverage of choice. This is an adult-oriented river cruise introduced by Amelia River Cruises, schedule changes season to season, so call for dates.
FERNANDINA PUB CRAWL TOUR — The Amelia Island Museum hosts “Happy Hour” history tours in historic Fernandina, so quench your thirst and hear tales of this Victorian-era seaport. One ticket purchase required to experience four pubs, a wealth of historical information about downtown Fernandina Beach, and enjoy a good time. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Call 904-261-7378 x105
HEADING OUT OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT AND GOING EAST TO THE BEACHES, HERE’S A FEW OF AMELIA ISLAND’S CASUAL BEACH BARSAn Amelia Island landmark, Sliders Seaside Grill is located on oceanfront property at 1998 South Fletcher Avenue at the roundabout at Sadler Road — one of only two restaurant/bars on Amelia Island (non-resort property), that are actually right on the beach (the other being Sandy Bottoms). For drinks right on the beach, there’s a tiki bar outside at the rear of Sliders with live evening entertainment some nights. Sliders has playground equipment off its rear porch, adjacent to the beach, for patrons with kids. Sliders is well known to both locals and visitors, having a presence on Amelia Island since 1945. Call Sliders 904-277-6652 for further information about seasonal operating hours, specials and featured entertainment.
SANDY BOTTOMS BEACH BAR & GRILL, MAIN BEACH PARK, FERNANDINA
If you’re around Main Beach toward the northern end of Amelia Island and would like a very casual beach bar, Sandy Bottoms is the place. It’s one of only two beach bars on Amelia Island (located in non-resort property) actually located right on the beach with an outdoor patio overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and “Ocean Oasis” outdoor bar. Sandy Bottoms also offers some live musical entertainment at night. Located at Main Beach, 2910 Atlantic Avenue, call Sandy Bottoms at (904)277-0814 for the latest operating hours and entertainment schedule (summer vs. off season). Or visit their website, www.SandyBottomsAmelia.com.
VERY CASUAL — BRING THE FAMILY TO “THE SURF.” A very casual eatery and open deck bar “The Surf,” is located across the street from the ocean at 3199 South Fletcher Avenue (904) 261-5711. The Surf draws large crowds during the summertime, especially on “Wing-It” nights. Live entertainment on the outdoor deck (DJs, acoustical guitar) helps to keep the crowd buzzing with enthusiasm. Families with children can dine at The Surf for its casual, open-air atmosphere on the deck where an exuberant or unhappy child, generally, will not disturb others.
BARS LOCATED ON THE SOUTHEND OF AMELIA ISLAND, RESORT AREA
THE FALCON’S NEST –Enjoy some “high-flying specialty drinks” along with “lite” bites (like a Falcon burger or wings), by dropping by the Falcon’s Nest located within Amelia Island Plantation resort. (The Falcon’s Nest is open to the public, not just Plantation resort guests.) The Falcon’s Nest has two stories, 7,000 square feet, with indoor and outdoor seating, offering a dance floor and game room with pool tables, and pinball. The outdoor rear decking faces a natural setting of oak trees and a creek, with umbrella tables. The Falcon’s Nest is for those aged 21 and over. Call 904-491-4242 for operating hours (summer vs. off season), entertainment schedule, special theme nights, and further information.
EIGHT SPORTS LOUNGE, AT AMELIA ISLAND RITZ-CARLTON, located off the Amelia Island Parkway. Equipped with billiard tables, multiple flat screen televisions, extensive beer and wine lists and residential-style furniture, “Eight” has a laid back atmosphere. Eight’s menu features classic sports fare, including: burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, chicken wings and nachos. Its signature cocktail, the Eight martini combines eight delicious ingredients. Eight is open Monday through Friday from 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from Noon to Midnight. (When games last later, the bar will remain open.)
PLAE — STYLE, ATMOSPHERE, WONDERFUL DINING
Located on the resort property at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in the Spa & Shops area is PLAE (“People Laughing and Eating”), with golf course views. PLAE, with its impressive cocktail lounge, is a nice venue for drinks in the lounge or outside on the deck overlooking golf course. PLAE offers live entertainment in the lounge some evenings. Call 904-277-2132 for operating hours (summer vs. off season), entertainment schedule, and dinner reservations.
BAXTER’S (4919 First Coast Hwy. 904-277-4503, near Harris Teeter shopping plaza). Locals on the southend like to hangout here. Baxter’s has a late bar menu (10 pm to 2 am).
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