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Spirits of St. Augustine

Whiskey glass filled slightly next to a larger bottle of whiskey

We’re not talking about ghosts! Sometimes you just want something stronger than a beer, and in St. Augustine you won’t have to go very far. With inventive cocktail bars and locally distilled spirits, this town knows a thing or two when it comes to hard liquor. Here are a few of our favorites:

Odd Birds

A new bar concept which showcases the art of craft cocktails and the talent and diversity brought by the professionals in this area. Odd Birds also brings a variety of small bites of eclectic fare to accompany these special spirits. It has an eclectic atmosphere with a beautiful outdoor sitting area and provides a chill and relaxing backdrop to the art of making fresh and small batch cocktails, bringing something new and refreshing to the scene in our quaint small town of St. Augustine, FL.

The Tini Martini Bar

The Tini Martini Bar is located at the Casablanca Inn, where you can enjoy a selection of martinis al fresco as you relax overlooking Matanzas Bay on the verandah or inside at the cozy bar or private tables. On top of their 30 varieties of martini, they have a wonderful signature cocktail selection, wine vintages by the glass, and several fine single malt Scotch choices. Beer aficionados won’t be disappointed either, with many distinctive brews to choose from.

The Ice Plant

Inside this century-old factory that used to produce – you guessed it – ice, is one of the most talked about restaurants in the state. It shares the historic space with the St. Augustine Distillery (and their FREE tours and tastings), serving hand crafted cocktails made from their fine spirits, along with delicious Southern inspired food like Shrimp & Okra Beignets and Rabbit Pie. Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, they reintroduce their guests to a time where the experience of having a cocktail and a bite to eat was both healthful and enjoyable. They’re focused on the art and craft of mixing exceptional local ingredients in precise measurements to create perfect and unique flavor profiles, using items such as fresh house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of bitters and specially developed syrups, which result in stunning cocktails. Attention is paid to the smallest of details with three different kinds of ice, including a nod to the building’s original use as an ice plant, with a 300lb block of ice and custom cubes.

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