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St. Augustine's Best Bars, Nightclubs and Live Music

Quiet cocktails by the water, a raucous night out or sipping craft on beers, there are many vibes to St. Augustine's nightlife scene. One constant is live music. Nearly every bar and restaurant St. Augustine's downtown historic district offers live music to get their patrons in a party mood. Colonial Quarter, for example, is a history attraction by day, but at night, it opens its cool outdoor stage to music acts touring the country such as Della Mae and Buckwheat Zydeco. 

On the beachside, there are lots of high-energy bars along the water with bands and DJs spinning regularly.

One of the niftiest places to see live music is at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. The state-of-the-art concert hall regularly hosts big acts like The Doobie Brothers, Alan Jackson, Bob Dylan and Sarah McLachlan. Various music festivals also happen throughout the year. 

This top 10 list has a mix of places to get your drink on depending on what suits your tastes. These places are dependable for good cocktails, great live music or a funky place to chill. Most are in the tourist corridor, which means they are easy to walk to if you are staying at a hotel or B & B in the old city. 

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The popular and often packed A1A prides itself on brewing a selection of ales, lagers and seasonal brews that range from golden to black, each with a distinctive flavor and numerous fans. Besides being a brewery, people love coming here for...  Read More

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Limelight Theatre


A fixture in St. Augustine, the Limelight Theatre affords guests quality theatrical performances including comedies, dramas, mysteries, musicals and children's theater. The excellent scenery, acting and ambience will not disappoint theater...  Read More

Historic Downtown
The Bar With No Name
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How can you resist a place with "No Name?" This catch-all bar is directly across the street from the famous Castillo De San Marcos. Take in the views of the inlet and Castillo from the outdoor patio or sit inside at the bar. Don't expect the...  Read More



A part of the charming Casablanca Inn, this little (yes, tiny) martini bar is a great spot to bring a date before or after dinner for a cocktail. The lounge inside is nice, but most go for the patio where there is a view of the water and some of...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Ice Plant
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The ice cube is a work of art here. The Ice plant freezes purified water and then carves cubes into custom "rock" shapes that make the perfect slow melting cube that won't dilute the flavors of your drink. The cocktails themselves have just as...  Read More

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Cobalt Lounge
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Sipping cocktails at the Cobalt Lounge inside the Casa Monica Hotel is a grown-up experience. Classic Moorish decor punctuated with a touch of neon blue lighting over the bar sets the mood. You'll find a well-heeled crowd perusing the martini...  Read More

Historic Downtown
Planet Sarbez
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Artsy, zany and very cool Planet Sarbez is one St. Augustine's more eclectic spots. Grab a coffee in the day time and beer and wine at night. Each corner of the venue features a riotous collection of vintage goodness like old TV sets, graffiti...  Read More

Cellar Upstairs Wine & Jazz Bar
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The Cellar Upstairs, literally upstairs from the San Sebastian Winery, presents patrons with the perfect spot to relax with friends as live bands play eclectic jazz or blues. The wine bar features all of the San Sebastian wines by the glass or...  Read More

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St. Augustine Amphitheater


On your visit to St. Augustine, chances are there will be some amazing music happening at this outdoor, covered concert venue with a 41,000 person capacity. The original amphitheater was built in 1965 in part to commemorate St. Augustine's 400th...  Read More

Stogie's Jazz Club & Listening Room
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Stogie's is a small, intimate bar with a clubby feel. Dark lighting, cigar smoke in the air, leather sofas and live music all set the mood for a cozy evening. Micro brews and a full wine and port selection can be paired with your favorite cigar...  Read More