Best Drink Specials in St. Augustine

With many historic-styled restaurants lining the streets and dozens of outdoor attractions to enjoy, St. Augustine is one of the best places to be for a holiday vacation or relaxing getaway. There’s no shortage of classy cafes, pubs and diners open late into the night within a short distance of our St. Augustine vacation rentals. The historic ancient city may be known for its pirate history or beautiful fort on the water, but for many, it’s all about one thing- a good drink.

Come for the attractions, and stay for the drink specials. Grab a classic and authentic Florida Mule on St. George Street or travel off the main drag for a local bourbon cocktail in a redesigned former ice manufacturing plant.

We take a look at the best places to grab a cocktail in St. Augustine and enjoy some time in northeast Florida.

There’s a nice bar for every kind of person in St. Augustine. Between noisy and college-friendly bars to authentic Irish pubs and classy themed restaurants and bars, you can find something special to really indulge in.

The Conch House is an all-around favorite. Located at 57 Comares Ave, this historic building is fun and bold- plates filled with seafood are held up high in the hands of waiters as they weave in and out of funky, fruity, and colorful cocktails of all shapes and sizes. The vibes are low-key and casual, giving you a place to enjoy a drink with some seafood.

Alternatively, we love the energy and atmosphere of the Ice Plant. Housed upstairs in a genuine historical ice plant saved by the community, this luxury-oriented bar is a dazzle. The ice for all drinks are made in-house, using authentic equipment and ice-making methods from over a century ago. The drinks are seasonal, so they vary based on ingredient availability and freshness. Order a basic beer here and you’ll get a weird look- this is the kind of place to experiment and go 100%.

There’s also a handful of excellent Irish pubs in the city. The two we would absolutely recommend are Ann O’Malley’s and Barley Republic. Both are located in downtown and both offer a real Irish experience, with Irish music, a really tall bar, huge and eclectic beers, and Irish food plates.

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Ice Plant

Location: 110 Ribera St., St. Augustine, FL

The Ice Plant is aptly titled. This second-story bar was once an industrial-sized ice manufacturing plant. The bar has this chilly warehouse aesthetic that is wonderfully appropriate for any season, with a few small tables aligned by a massive and classic wooden bar.

A main draw is either the featured cocktails selected for a special Happy Hour menu or half off on all specialty cocktails – depending on the night. The Ice Plant gets the customers involved in the Prohibition-era aesthetics. Come dressed in Prohibition-era clothing and get a cocktail for 25 cents on certain evenings.

Another bonus here is the two-time Happy Hour. There’s one every week day from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and then another late-night Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to close from Sunday to Thursday. The Ice Plant closes at 12 a.m. on Sunday and Monday and 2 a.m. every other night.

Call for Happy Hour specifics and other details at (904) 829-6553.

The Conch House

Location: 57 Comares Ave., St. Augustine, FL

If the Ice Plant oozes early-20th century charm in a real historic building, the Conch House takes the opposite approach in virtually every way.

Rambunctiously loud and fun, the Conch House incorporates everything you could possibly ask for from a Caribbean-styled beach shack. You will walk into live reggae music, cooked-to-order seafood and, of course, insane Happy Hour prices.

The Conch House specializes in beer and mixed drinks. The Happy Hour is Monday through Friday and it includes $2 off all beer, mixed drinks, and house wines. Friday Happy Hour features live music and entertainment.
It’s an entirely different atmosphere from the Ice Plant, but it is this type of variety that makes St. Augustine such a special place.

The Conch House is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, with an extra hour open on Friday (to 10 p.m.) Weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Call the restaurant at (904) 829-8646 for any further details.

Catch 27

Location: 40 Charlotte St., St. Augustine, FL

In the heart of historic downtown sits Catch 27, a unique and quaint corner restaurant. Catch 27’s Happy Hour is very similar to the one at Conch House, but with a very different atmosphere – laid back as opposed to boisterous.

What gives Catch 27 a leg up on the many nearby St. Augustine restaurants is its commitment to the highest quality local seafood. The menu changes often enough to offer something new nearly every week, including seasonal Snapper, Sheepshead, and Triggerfish, among many others.

The small and cozy atmosphere is the perfect spot before an evening stroll downtown. Happy Hour includes $2 off all beer, wine, and mixed drinks. The Catch 27 Happy Hour begins after lunch ends at 4 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

You can cross the cobblestone street at Catch 27 for some gourmet waffles at Cousteu’s or a late-night cocktail at the Latin-themed Casa Maya. Pizalleys’ famous pizza (and patio bar) is within a few blocks, as well as the St. George Street Magic Show.

There’s also the Castillo de San Marcos fort right across Avenida Menendez, and many other nearby attractions for you to see right in the heart of St. Augustine.

Happy Hour awaits at St. Augustine with drink specials to keep you in good spirits and plenty to do before and afterward. Call (877) 542-2488 to reserve a week in one of our beautiful St. Augustine vacation rentals. You can also contact our information line for further details at (800) 398-5980.

Happy Hours

While we highlighted just a small selection of our favorite local bars, how about a good old-fashioned St. Augustine happy hour?

We really love Catch 27 in downtown St. Augustine. This bar and seafood restaurant is small, but what you lack in openness you get in a really awesome happy hour. It runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and includes beer, wine, and custom cocktails. We recommend the Banana Daiquiri with its mix of Barbados & Jamaican rum blend, lime, Falernum, bananas, and bitters. You can also try the Golden Rose, a delightful mix of Mellow Corn Whiskey, honey, ginger, lemon, pineapple, and a splash of smoked salt.

We previously mentioned Barley Republic. It has a top-shelf happy hour. Visit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a list of special happy hour beers. There’s almost always something incredibly unique and new. 

We also recommend the Chianti Room in downtown. It is in the back entrance of Pizalley’s pizza via St. George St downtown, though it does have its own parking lot on the east side. It is all about a drink and a pizza here! From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, your half price drink comes with a free slice of pizza. Awesome sauce.

We adore Café 11. It is close to the beachside St. Augustine beach condos. This friendly local nook offers an extensive happy hour and organic sandwiches. Every day from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., grab a pint of beer for around $2.50 on the outside patio. The patio is pup-friendly, so you can even bring along your furry friend.

Plan Your Next Visit

There are so many amazing drinking spots that we only truly scratched the surface of the city. Consider there’s downtown, beachside, Ponte Vedra, and more, you’ll find a fantastic spot to drink at every corner. Review the list of available St. Augustine condo rentals and finalize your well-earned trip today!