Rock, Blues, Jazz and More
From the sounds of an acoustic duo emanating from an upstairs listening room, to the thundering bass of a nationally touring rock band, to a free jazz concert at sunset on The Plaza, to a calypso band on a summer evening at the pier, to buskers that fill the air downtown, the St. Augustine area is ALIVE with music. There is an incredibly diverse array of acts from all genres playing on any given day and night here in the Old City. Whether you like blues, country, reggae, salsa, rap, electronica – you name it – there is something for everyone at an eclectic mix of venues. Here are some of our favorites…
The St. Augustine Amphitheater (aka The Amp) – This incredible outdoor concert spot has become a destination in itself. Set amongst a hammock of trees just off the beach, in the shadows of the lighthouse, the 4,100 person capacity venue has put our little town on the musical map. In fact, it was recently ranked the #2 concert venue in the United States and #3 in the world! This has kept major artists flocking here in droves. Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Santana, Brad Paisley, Wu-Tang Clan and Widespread Panic are just a few names that have graced the stage lately. There is also a smaller stage on the property called The Backyard, which hosts lesser known acts (often for free) in addition to weekly farmer’s and artisan markets. They even have their very own Sing Out Loud Session IPA on tap, brewed locally by Intuition Aleworks. Many people plan their St. Augustine vacations around shows here, so keep your eye on their schedule and come see what all the noise is about.
Colonial Oak Music Park – Tucked away behind coquina walls, amidst the hustle and bustle of St. George Street, sits this unique musical space featuring a variety of regional and local acts. The stage is set underneath – as the name suggests – a giant colonial era oak tree. Grab a cold one, then a seat at one of the several picnic tables shaded by the massive tree’s branches that are dripping with Spanish moss, lanterns and twinkling lights. Or, grab your dance partner and cut a rug up front. Either way, you are sure to have a good time at this one-of-a-kind spot.
Sarbez! – Located just across the Bridge of Lions from downtown, Sarbez! is one part music venue, one part craft beer/grilled cheese emporium, one part vintage arcade – and all parts awesome. The funky, retro vibes (think skee-ball and 80’s decor) are matched by the legendary late night dance parties that are known to go down here. This is the place for up-and-coming musicians from around the region to let it all hang out. Their beers are OCBT approved and go great with one of the delicious, gourmet grilled cheeses they serve until close. Oh, and did we mention the life-sized Pac-Man game?
The Milltop Tavern & Listening Room – This storied downtown watering hole has been St. Augustine’s go-to spot for kicking back and listening to tunes for over 40 years. Just inside the city gates, on the site of an old grist mill, The Milltop brings live music to both tourists and locals alike every day and night in a historical setting. Enjoy fantastic pub grub and a great selection of brews while singing along to your favorites in this rustic upstairs space. Pro tip: the rear balcony is a prime spot for people watching on St. George Street below.
Prohibition Kitchen – A vintage speakeasy vibe sets the stage for the wide range of live music occurring nightly at this hip downtown gastropub. PK (as the locals call it) attracts some of the area’s best musicians, as well as established acts from across the country, from blues to bluegrass and everything in between. Grab a table and enjoy dinner with one band early in the evening, then hit the dance floor as a different band takes the stage for late night jams. There is always something on tap (including an amazing craft beer and cocktail menu) at this downtown nightlife hub.