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10 Best Bars in Fernandina Beach, Florida

There’s nothing like sipping an island cocktail at a beach-front bar. If you’re looking for a fun night out or a great happy hour deal, these are the best bars in Fernandina Beach!

I love bar-hopping in Fernandina Beach because there are so many different options. I’ve curated this list of my favorite Fernandina Beach bars, organized into beach-front bars and bars in Historic Downtown Fernandina so you can decide what vibe you’re in the mood for.

The Decantery Wine Wall

Where to Drink in Fernandina Beach

Beach-Front Bars in Fernandina Beach

Kick back and sip a drink in the sand. These beach-front and ocean-view bars in Fernandina Beach are the best way to enjoy island life.

1. Salt Life Food Shack

Salt Life Food Shack, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Salt Life Food Shack is a great restaurant by the beach. They have sushi, poke bowls, tacos, and burgers as well as a bunch of refreshing mixed drinks.

Enjoy drinks on their a breezy rooftop patio where you can look out at the ocean while you eat; but you have to be quick to score a table up there!

I recommend the Pineapple Mojito (absolutely no one is shocked that the first thing I recommend is a mojito!).

17 N Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

2. The Sandbar & Kitchen

The Sandbar & Kitchen

Enjoy oceanfront dining at The Sandbar & Kitchen. The Sandbar menu offers plenty of seafood options, burgers, wood fire pizza, and more either indoors or out on their patio and beach seating.

Take advantage of their weekly lunch specials, happy hours, live music, and trivia events.

I recommend the White Sangria or the Sandbar Hurricane.

2910 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

3. Sliders Seaside Grill


Sliders Seaside Grill is a 2-story oceanfront tiki bar with a menu of fried seafood and live music. This bar is literally just steps away from the beach.

Come for their happy hour and enjoy drinks with a waterfront view. Sit outside at their “sandbox” near the playground or out on either level of their oceanfront patio.

I recommend their Fish Bowl.

1998 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Historic Downtown Fernandina Bars

Get off the beach and head into town. When you’re done having your fun in the sun, check out these top bars in historic Downtown Fernandina Beach (and beyond).

4. Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca

Pablo's Mexican Cuisine, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Mezcal Spirit of Oaxaca offers traditional Mexican favorites, taco Tuesday special menu, and some of the best margaritas in town.

You can share a pitcher of margaritas with your friends indoors our outside on their a roomy patio.

I recommend getting a pitcher of their Mango Margarita.

12 N 2nd St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

5. The Palace Saloon

The Palace Saloon, Fernandina Beach, Florida

The Palace Saloon is the oldest continually operating drinking establishment in Florida. The building dates back to 1878 and the bar dates back to 1903. Local lore says that it was the last bar in Florida to close on the eve of Prohibition.

They have live music, pool tables, darts, and a backyard area called the Shipyard.

I recommend getting a cup of their world famous Pirates Punch.

117 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

6. The Decantery

The Decantery

Located next door to The Palace Saloon is The Decantery, Fernandina Beach’s premier wine, craft beer, and cocktail lounge.

They have a selection of rare and unique wines, craft cocktails, and homemade desserts. There is even a state-of-the-art wine dispensing machine.

I recommend asking their super helpful staff to help you pick out your new favorite wine!

117 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

7. The Principal’s Office Bar

Amelia Schoolhouse Inn Bar

Located at the historic Amelia Schoolhouse Inn is the aptly named Principal’s Office Bar. This is one time you’ll love being sent to the principal’s office!

Enjoy craft cocktails and wine while being surrounded by school-appropriate décor like the old desk in the corner, the dunce’s hat, and educational wall hangings.

I recommend the School’s Out or the Bear Necessities.

914 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

8. Pepper’s Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar

Mojito at Pepper's Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar, Fernandina Beach, Florida

As a tequila bar, Pepper’s may be other people’s choice for their margarita craving, but for me it was a mojito craving!

Have a seat at their bar, out on their patio, or a booth inside. They have an extensive Tequila collection, a full bar, and fresh Mexican food.

I recommend the Amelia Island Mojito (surprise, surprise).

530 Centre St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

9. Mocama Beer Company

Mocama Brewery

Beer-lovers in Fernandina Beach will love drinking at Mocama Beer Company. This 3,500 square foot taproom takes up space in an old 50’s car dealership, renovated to embrace its mid-century charm.

There are 24 taps with rotating brews. For non-beer drinkers, they have a wine list full of small producers and rare offerings.

I recommend the Idle Daze sour.

629 S 8th St, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

10. Cantina Louie

Cocktail at Cantina Louie, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Okay, so I’m sending you out of Downtown Fernandina Beach for this one. But Cantina Louie is worth it!

They have a great selection of specialty cocktails and drink specials every day of the week, along with a weekday happy hour. So it’s so worth it to make the trek out of downtown!

I recommend the Pomegranate Paloma.

960062 Gateway Blvd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Fernandina Beach Bars Map

Ready for a night out at these top bars in Fernandina Beach? Use the map below to plan your next drink.

I hope you have a great time bar-hopping in Fernandina!

Fernandina Beach Bars FAQ

Can you drink on the beach in Fernandina Beach?

No, alcoholic beverages are not permitted on any City of Fernandina Beach beaches, and it is unlawful to consume or drink beer, wine, or alcoholic beverages on the beach.

Is Amelia Island a party town?

Fernandina Beach draws a lot of retirees and families, so it’s not really a party town. That doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good time! But you’re not likely to find a lot of big beach bashes here like you would a Gulf Shores or Miami.

What celebrities are in Fernandina Beach?

Some celebrities who have visited Fernandina Beach include Oprah, Kenny Chesney, John Travolta, Sean Connery, and Jay Leno. Author John Grisham also owns a vacation home in Fernandina Beach.

Top Fernandina Beach Tours

With so much to see, Fernandina Beach can be overwhelming for any first-time traveler. To take some of the stress out of planning your visit, opt for a guided tour! Check out this list of the top Fernandina Beach tours to help you make the most of your time on Amelia Island.

Where to Stay in Fernandina Beach, Florida

Find the perfect place to rest your head on your visit to Fernandina Beach, from the top rated accommodations to unique stays you can’t get anywhere else.

More Things To Do in Fernandina Beach

Just can’t get enough of this coastal Florida town? Check out these other Fernandina Beach itineraries.

Ready to visit Fernandina Beach, Florida? Plan your trip with these tips.



The Best Bars in Fernandina Beach, Florida

What are your favorite bars in Fernandina Beach, Florida? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. There are some wonderful bars here! I’ve never heard of Fernandina Beach but it’s now on my radar, thank you 😀

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