From beach bars to historic saloons, nightlife gets interesting at some of the best bars on Amelia Island! Maybe you prefer an ice-cold brew after a long day lounging around in the sun. Perhaps you’d like to try a creative cocktail to kick off a night of fun. Regardless of what your beverage of choice might be, chances are you’re for a great time at any one of the following establishments.
Read on to get an idea of what lies in store. Then, be sure to check out our free Vacation Guide for more great restaurants and attractions to include in your Fernandina Beach itinerary!
Find the Best Amelia Island Bars and Nightlife
“He is a wise man who invented beer” — Plato
1. Green Turtle Tavern
Equal parts funky and friendly the Green Turtle Tavern is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a couple of drinks! If you’re lucky, you might catch a local band playing one evening. They pride themselves on using fresh, local fruit and ingredients from their own garden to concoct tasty cocktails. You’ll also find an eclectic mix of locals and visitors with whom you can extract some great ideas on what to do around Amelia Island!
Side Note: This bar is just an eight-minute walk from Fairbanks House!
2. Palace Saloon
A trip to Amelia Island is incomplete without visiting the oldest bar in Florida! The Palace Saloon has welcomed weary travelers looking to take a load off since 1903. First known as the “Shipcaptain’s Bar,” it now continues to bring folks together! The tin ceiling, exposed brick walls, and a gorgeous wooden bar give this establishment a lot of character. In addition to ordering a drink or night, you might also be able to see some live music while you’re there!
Side Note: This establishment is just a 10-minute walk from Fairbanks House!
3. The Decantery
The Decantery is an excellent option for those who might enjoy a sleek, upscale atmosphere combined with historic surroundings. This establishment is a relatively new addition to the downtown scene. They offer wine, craft beer, cocktails, and dessert! Wine dispensing machines allow for a personal selection of type as well as the volume of your pour. It's an excellent option for before or after dinner. They also offer tastings throughout the week!
4. PJD's Beer & Wine Garden
Local character and entrepreneur, Pajama Dave, welcomes locals and visitors alike to his self-ascribed "hole in the wall" beer and wine garden. What used to be an outdoor-only venue now boasts an indoor bar that gives patrons the ability to partake in the ever-changing list of craft brews while also enjoying live music, rain or shine. This local favorite invites island visitors to come in for easy listening, football, and the occasional pop-up beer and yoga session!
Side Note: You’ll find quite an exciting array of local restaurants at which you can grab a drink as well!
5. David's Lounge
Located inside one of the best restaurants on the island, the Lounge at David’s offers access to craft cocktails, beer and wine from their extensive cellar. Locals flock to David’s Sunday through Thursday evenings for their 5-7pm happy hour featuring discounted drinks and excellent appetizers. Use this as a pre-dinner stop or as a light-fare dinner.
Stay in the Heart of Historic, Downtown Fernandina Beach
Fairbanks House sits centrally located to some of the best Amelia Island bars! Our charming, Queen Anne Victorian mansion offers a respite and relaxation to guests from all over. Choose between 12 uniquely appointed rooms, suites, and cottages to call your own while you’re in town. Wake up to a delicious, gourmet breakfast each morning. Revel in luxurious amenities. Enjoy outstanding service from our engaging staff. Simply make yourself at home, and we’ll do our best to ensure your stay is one you’ll remember for a lifetime!