Some of Florida’s Best Beach Bars Overlook the A1A – St. John’s County

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And so, are just a block or less to the beach! Get your sun time in and toddle that short distance, plop down in a booth or barstool for some great food and live music. Oh, and perhaps a drink?

 

 

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(Haha, perhaps.)

 

We started up in Nassau County – read about the one A1A bar we found there, here – and made our way to St. John’s County. We’re driving on down the coast on the A1A to give you a list of the best bar sampling along the way. Remember: it’s not called bar hopping, nor bar crawling. We sample.

 

 

PANAMA HATTIE’S

(pictured above)

361 A1A Beach Blvd.

St. Augustine Beach

 

  • VIBE:  Locals mostly, in an area that can be rather crowded with tourists. Repeat customers who have been coming here for over 20 years.
  • ARRIVE:  Plenty of parking out front (and obviously we won’t be arriving by boat at any of the A1A bars!)
  • SIT: Inside downstairs, but most of us want to sit upstairs outside under an umbrella, with a view of the ocean!
  • SIP:  Happy hour is Monday through Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.
  • NOSH:  Try the pastry baked gravy covered burger (I know, but try it! YUM) or the crab cakes that are as good as the ones in Maryland!.I grew up there, so I know.
  • LISTEN:  Live music Thursday through Sunday.
  • WE LOVE:  The affordable prices, the staying power of a restaurant that holds its own for decades. Oh, and the fact that it’s painted pink!

 

 

THE WORLD FAMOUS OASIS

4000 A1A South

St. Augustine Beach

 

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  • VIBE:  Everyone welcome, from Lilly Pulitzer-wearing socialites to bearded bikers.
  • ARRIVE:  Giant parking lot out front.
  • SIT:  Tons of seating inside, upstairs and down, and an outdoor area along the side.
  • SIP:  Happy hour Monday through Friday 3 – 6:47 p.m.  (I’m dying to know why 6:47? And I forgot to ask…)
  • NOSH:  How about a giant twice-baked potato? Or try their famous baby back ribs; we did, delish!
  • LISTEN:  Live music every day.
  • WE LOVE:  They also serve breakfast; not a lot of beach bars do. Also the 44 televisions for The Game!

 

 

 

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PAULA’S BEACHSIDE GRILL

6896 A1A Beach Blvd.

St. Augustine but actually Crescent Beach

 

About 5 1/2 miles south of St. Augustine Beach is Crescent Beach, a quieter but friendly little beach town where the business owners often use St. Augustine as their address… I’m thinking because of the recognition factor. But you know how we are:  we want to explore the small towns that don’t have any fame! This place was our kind of town, our kind of beach bar.

 

  • VIBE:  Tiki-kitschy heaven; adorable. A tad dark on the inside but that was welcome on a sweltering August afternoon!
  • ARRIVE:  Some parking out front and down the side, and there is a large public parking lot right across the side street.
  • SIT:  Inside at the bar or several seating areas inside. The outside area seems the most fun – when it’s not 100 degrees.
  • SIP:  Happy hour Monday through Friday 4 – 7 p.m.
  • NOSH:  Heart stopping bacon cheeseburger, anyone? My Beachside Salad felt a bit healthier (a bit) with sliced ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone, and black olives. It was super fresh and huge and I ate it all.
  • LISTEN:  Live music Friday and Saturday.
  • WE LOVE:  The quality of the food, and the pet-friendly outside patio.

 

We didn’t find any A1A beach bars in Duval County. Perhaps we missed them? There are plenty of fun places to visit there – read about the perfect mix of low-key and upscale in Atlantic Beach, here.

What are your favorite beach bars that overlook the A1A?  We’re compiling our list, planning the next bar sample – Flagler County is next – so please let us know!

 

St. John’s County is on the east coast of Florida, starting with Ponte Vedra at the north end and Crescent Beach at the south.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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