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Top 25 places to drink in the greater Jacksonville area



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Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Drink is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Setlan Coffee tucked away in a small plaza and located inside a shipping container. From craft breweries to coffee shops — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Drink in Jacksonville in the greater Jacksonville area (Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Fernandina, St. Augustine).

Did your favorite watering hole make it into the top 25? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram. Remember, we only know how good a spot is if you take the time to review it. So share your thoughts on Yelp, and maybe your favorites will be on next year’s list! 

Topping this year’s best places to drink list is St. Augustine Distillery, Jacksonville’s favorite distillery.

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

#1 St. Augustine Distillery (St. Augustine)

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What they’re known for:  Their handcrafted artisanal spirits in historic downtown St. Augustine.

Yelpers say: “The St. Augustine Distillery is truly what is great about going local.  Make sure you attend the free tour because you’ll learn all about the history of how the distillery came into being.  A local group of residents decided to save the historic building and have gone back to the original distillery roots.” -Jamie V.

#2 City Gate Spirits (St. Augustine)

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What they’re known for:  Their locally produced spirits made in the heart of St. augustine.

Yelpers say: “The Pineapple Rum is fantastically smooth and easy drinking.  The Tropical Rum and Spiced Orange Rum are family favorites as well.  Lastly they have a selection of moonshines.  Of course they have Apple Pie moonshine but the creamsicle is my favorite.” -John O.

#3 Catullo’s Italian (Jacksonville)

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What they’re known for:  Their wine based cocktails and handcrafted Italian pasta.

Yelpers say: “The music and ambience were great, but the cocktails, appetizer, entrees, and dessert were beyond amazing!  We started with signature cocktails:  I had the Paesano from Jalisco (my new favorite cocktail) and my husband had the 1905, both were great!” -Nicole W.

#4 Marlin and Barrel (Fernandina)

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What they’re known for:  Their handcrafted rum, vodka, gin, and cello spirits made in Fernandina.

Yelpers say: “Such a cool experience sampling all kinds of spirits at this hidden gem.  I had no idea Fernandina had a distillery and we were not disappointed by the amazing experience.  The bartender was super knowledgeable,  passionate and fun as she went through all kinds of Gins. Vodkas, Rums, Bourbons etc. Definitely a place to visit if you are in the area.” -Jessica P.

#5 Crave (St. Augustine)

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What they’re known for:  Their healthy and locally sourced food, wraps, smoothies, and bowls in St. Augustine.

Yelpers say: “First of all the staff is so friendly, not only with their interactions with me, but with everyone I’ve seen. The food taste so fresh and there is a variety for all dietary types including vegetarian and vegan. They have unique smoothies with lots of nutrients. If you are in the St. Augustine area I would highly recommend trying this place out. You won’t be disappointed!” -Jennifer L.

#6 Town Beer Co. (Jacksonville)

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What they’re known for:  Their locally made beer and natural made wine.

Yelpers say: “This is an awesome veteran-owned business.  The drinks were reasonable and there is an option for draft or bottles.  Also, there are beers that can take purchased to take home.  Town beer specializes in local brews.  The service was fantastic, I felt like I was a regular there during my first visit.” -Ryan W.

#7 First Love Brewing (Fernandina Beach)

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What they’re known for:  Their locally made beer and handcrafted wood fired pizza.

Yelpers say: “Nice vibe and definitely has become a great spot for locals and visitors alike. They have a wide selection of local brews and the food is uniformly awesome.” -Jeff S.

#8 Old Coast Ales (St. Augustine)

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What they’re known for:  Their locally made beer like malty stouts, porters, brown ales and double red.

Yelpers say: “A hidden gem! We found this place via Yelp. They had a good selection of beers on tap at fair pricing for a local craft brewer. We tried the Tugboat Smoke and Brown Blvd. Both are darker beers packing a lot of flavor. Awesome. Super friendly bartenders and patrons.” -Kristy B.

#9 The Kookaburra (St. Augustine)

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What they’re known for:  Their handcrafted coffee drinks and Aussie pies.

Yelpers say: “This little gem is the perfect place to start your day. Kookaburra coffee has a a variety of coffee styles, syrups and Aussie pies. I had a iced latte with their homemade coconut syrup, it was fantastic.” -Amanda A.

#10 Community Loaves (Jacksonville)

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What they’re known for:  Their freshly made baked goods and coffee drinks.

Yelpers say: “By far my favorite place to eat, study, and meet up with people. The food is always incredible and the coffee/espresso is consistently made! I have never been disappointed with a visit to Community Loaves!” -Devon G.

#11 Burlingame (Fernandina Beach)

#12 Lemonstreet Brewing (Jacksonville)

#13 Llama Restaurant (St. Augustine)

#14 Silkie’s Chicken and Champagne Bar (Springfield)

#15 The Ice Plant (St. Augustine)

#17 Social House Coffee (Jacksonville)

#18 Setlan Coffee (Jacksonville)

#19 The Jungle Bowl (Jacksonville)

#20 Bold City Brewery (Jacksonville)

#21 Bold Bean Coffee Roasters (Riverside)

#22 Brass Tacks Coffee (Southside)

#23 Bernie’s Wine Stop (Jacksonville)

#24 Bar Harbor Cheesecake (St. Augustine)

#25 Prospect Five Points (Jacksonville)

This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Drink in the Jacksonville area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the coffee & tea, cideries, bubble tea, brewpubs, breweries, beer, wine & spirits, meaderies, kombucha, juice bars & smoothies, tea rooms, wineries, bars, beer gardens, coffee shops, beer hall, wine tasting rooms, and distilleries category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Jacksonville area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 1, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 1, 2022.

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