Hawker’s Atlantic Beach– Best Atlantic Beach Bars

Eleven locations and counting, Hawker’s Asian Street Fare is fast becoming a favorite location around the entire southeast.  Here in Jacksonville we have two locations and the Neptune Beach spot is a popular hangout because of the great food and amazing bar selections.  Clean and brightly lit, this bar is the furthest thing from a local dive bar and that might be what you are looking for tonight.  The decor is one of what you might expect to see in an Asian street market and the food far exceeds what you could possibly expect from the same.  Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Hawker’s is nearly always full and that speaks volumes.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at The Hawker’s Atlantic Beach

hawker's atlantic beachWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at The Hawker’s Atlantic Beach in Atlantic Beach.

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Our Thoughts on The Hawker’s Atlantic Beach

You can get a full entree at Hawker’s Asian Street Fare, but we were with a large party and decided to go with the plentiful options of small plates to try something new and we are so glad we did. There are more options available than we could try and every one of them were prepared and served, fresh, hot, and fast. The food was a culinary exploration of Asian flavors and we look forward to trying more on our next visit.

This initial visit was punctuated by lavish cocktails selected from the lengthy menu of specialty and classic mixed drinks as well as a mind-expanding introduction to Japanese whiskeys and a variety of sake. A decent wine list and a good selection of beers including some local brewery offerings make Hawker’s Asian Street Fare the total package, great food and drink is a fantastic atmosphere waiting for you to discover something new.

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The Fly’s Tie – Best Atlantic Beach Bars

Not to take anything away from any other of our favorite Irish pubs and restaurants in the area, there is room in our hearts for all these places, but if you’re looking for a truly Irish Pub experience where you’ll enjoy the dark corners, sip your beer in a friendly crowd, and enjoy some fantastic rowdy music, The Fly’s Tie Irish Pub is the spot to hit when you’re in Atlantic Beach. Just off Atlantic at Sailfish Drive, this lovingly dirty dive bar is a great place for a few brews among friends, even when you walk in alone, everyone is friends at The Fly’s Tie.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at The Fly’s Tie

The Fly's TieWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at The Fly’s Tie in Atlantic Beach.

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Our Thoughts on The Fly’s Tie

We had to turn around when searching for this place the first time we were there, the building is so small and unassuming, you could drive right past it without knowing what you’re missing.  Our first visit was to catch some of the local bands that make their way to the Fly’s Tie stage (as small as it is) and once there we enjoyed some fantastic burgers and cold beer.

We don’t think this will every make anyone’s list of the world’s cleanest, brightest, most popular bars, and that is precisely why we love it there.  You come to The Fly’s Tie for the beer, the music, the camaraderie.  You come here for the reality of an authentic experience, not for the imported cookie cutter image of what bars think we want, but for what we really do want, a great local bar where they serve more than beer, they serve friend.

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RagTime Tavern – Best Atlantic Beach Bars

You can find dozens of bars at the popular Atlantic Beach location, and with the revitalization that saw business flock to the beach, one bar stayed true to its form and gave the patrons what they wanted. Ragtime Tavern Seafood and Grill has seen its fair share of the changing beach life, but this spot remained a favorite of locals because it offers the roots and connection to the sand that feels like home to the beach neighborhood. The wide-open floor plan somehow remains quietly intimate while offering a great view across the room for people watching and casual conversation.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at RagTime Tavern

ragtime tavernWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at RagTime Tavern in Atlantic Beach.

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Our Thoughts on the RagTime Tavern

The wooden interior decor brings that large open space down to size and keeps RagTime Tavern’s atmosphere calm and quiet even when the space fills up with plenty of patrons. The handcrafted beer menu offers a great range of local brews and seasonal options when available. The kitchen is visible in the back, where they are preparing some of the best bar food you’ll get anywhere.

Focusing on a decidedly Cajun appeal to seafood, you can get a bowl of their amazing Seafood Gumbo or Shrimp and Grits, and if you’re not in the mood for New Orleans cooking, the Filet Mignon is superb. The menu is fantastic, the beer options are refreshing, and the general feeling when we were inside RagTime Tavern was one of a happy and jovial “local joint”, one where good food and drink is expected, and great friends are welcomed. This has become one of our favorite spots to frequent when we’re out at Atlantic Beach.

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Poe’s Tavern – Best Atlantic Beach Bars

Any of us “city-dwellers” who have cruised the beaches here in Jacksonville knows that the afternoon often ends up for many of us by turning north on 3rd street and heading back into town on Atlantic Boulevard, but now we have another reason to stop there at that corner and prolong the beach life; Poe’s Tavern.  This freshly kept bar and restaurant plays on the old-world charm of past century decorations and the romance of Edgar Allen Poe’s time but don’t let the antique look fool you, this place is upscale and happy, a great place to spend the evening when you’re looking for great drinks and even better food.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Poe’s Tavern

poe's tavernWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Poe’s Tavern in Atlantic Beach.

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Our Thoughts on the Poe’s Tavern

We first stopped at Poe’s Tavern thinking it was a bar, and it is, but Poe’s is so much more than that.  The beer menu is filled with plenty of craft brews, local brews, and beers you’ve got to try.  You can get a Bud anywhere, but Poe’s knows your tastes demand something a little different.  On our visit we tried the “Fluffernutter Spread” stout.  Oh it tasted as unusual as it sounds, but that’s the point, at Poe’s you can get any flavor of beer from “Unicorn Farts” sour to “Oberon Ale” wheat and everything in between. 

And if the beer menu wasn’t enough, the Poe’s Tavern creates a menu of bar foods worthy of an entirely upscale kitchen in a fine dining establishment.  Their burgers are exceptional and anytime you can grab an amazing burger, unusual brew, and dine outdoors with the gentle breeze of the beach washing over your evening, we are a fan and have returned to Poe’s Tavern regularly.

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Pete’s Bar – Best Atlantic Beach Bars

On the corner of 1st Street and Lemon Street, one block from the waves and directly across the street from Neptune Beach City Hall, you’ll find an unassuming one-story building that always looks like it needs some small amount of repair, with an old fashioned neon outline sign hanging over the door displaying the simple moniker, “Pete’s Bar”.  A self-proclaimed “Five Star Dive Bar”, this is the place to be when you want to get a sense of what old-school bars can offer.  Dark enough to drink, bubbly enough to hold a conversation, this family heirloom has been handed down and remained in the family that keeps “Pete’s Bar” running like a bar ought to.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Pete’s Bar

pete's barWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Pete’s Bar in Atlantic Beach.

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Our Thoughts on the Pete’s Bar

When we stepped inside, there was a moment of trepidation that we were intruding on a private affair, the bar had been there for so long, and the atmosphere was one of familiar camaraderie, would we belong? Would we be accepted by the locals? The moment the door closed behind us, we knew we needed not worry. The bartender cheerily asked us what we’d have and once that firs beer was poured, we were “Pete’s” regulars.

Happy bar patrons and lively action around the neighborhood, this is everything you want in a community bar, even if you’re from across town. Holidays and events are often celebrated at Pete’s either as the starting point of the festivities, or where everyone ends up hanging out after the day ends. The pool tables are cheap and the jukebox is upgraded, so order up the drinks and pull up a stool, Pete’s Bar maintains the look and feel of the old wooden floor bar while making each and every patron feel welcomed.

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