So while it may appear that we are high-rollers flush with cash (not), the reality is that us Magnolia Gals actually have champagne taste on a beer budget. We're foodies and beer/wine/cocktail snobs, but since retail isn't exactly the most lucrative vocation, we have to get creative. And lucky enough for you, we decided to share our secret (and not so secret) spots for great food and drink on a budge in our adorable little home city, St. Augustine, Florida. Enjoy!
With a focus on the artistry of craft cocktails and regional spirits, Odd Birds (owned by Cesar Diaz, formerly of the Ice Plant Bar) has quickly become a favorite amongst locals, as well as visitors seeking a more authentic experience. While the quality of the product and skill of the bartenders means higher prices, we highly recommend you hit up their happy hour for $5 select cocktails and drink in the intimacy of the bar and patio. Enjoy live music most nights and delicious $2 arepas on Tuesdays.
$2 Arepas on Tuesdays, 5pm-2am // Happy Hour 5-7 Selected Cocktails $5
“Inspired by the historical period of the early 20th century, the Ice Plant Bar is focused on the art and craft of mixing exceptional local ingredients in precise measurements to create perfect and unique flavor profiles. Fresh, house-pressed juices and a wide assortment of bitters and specially developed syrups, 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 stunning ambiance and impeccable food and drink, get your fancy on at this St. Augustine institution…
Happy Hour 3-6/10-2 $6 Selected Cocktails // Down and Out Tuesdays, $4 Cocktails, $2 Fernet 10pm-Close // Share the Smoked Fish Dip, $11, a huge portion with house-made chips and pickled veggies or the delightful Pretzel Bread, $7.
With two locations in the North Florida area, Hoptinger is a modern “Baverican” bier garden with more than 60 taps devoted to carefully selected craft beer along with a full liquor bar and Bavarian-inspired gastro-pub fare. A spacious patio with tons of seating make it a great happy hour hangout.
Happy hour every weekday, featuring: $3 Selected Drafts//$3 House Wines//$5 Specialty Cocktails//$10 Beer Flights//$3 Bar Snacks
Native to North Florida, Mojo’s offers up delicious barbecue, as well as beer, wine and a full liquor bar (try the Drunken Cucumber or the Low Country Sangria). Two patios and an enormous dining room and bar provide plenty of space to gather with friends for happy hour, and the laid-back atmosphere is even kid-friendly!
Happy Hour Sun-Thu 4-7: $6 Well Liquors//$3 Select Beers//$3 Whiskey Shot
Our favorite restaurant in town, The Floridian offers cuisine “regionally-inspired and fresh from the source—a synthesis of Down-home Southern Comfort Foods, and lighter, healthier, vibrant and creative dishes--with many vegetarian options.”
Share an order of Company’s Coming, $10, house-pickled veggies with fried green tomatoes served with pimento cheese, buttermilk herb and toasted bread or the daily offering of Chips and Dips for $8.50.
One of St. Augustine’s enduring favorites, Gypsy Cab Company’s daily menu “is prepared by a creative and innovative culinary team and ‘borrows’ from Italian, German, Cajun, Mediterranean, classical European, Southern, Oriental, and ‘Floribbean’ cuisines.”
Twilight Dinners, 4-7pm: $12 Select Entrees like the famed Gypsy Kitchen or Tofu Fra Diablo.
One of our go-to lunch spots for healthy and delicious salads, wraps, smoothies and bowls, Crave started as a food truck and has expanded to a second brick-and-mortar location on the Beachside due to a cult-like following. Service is ALWAYS top-notch, the food is amazing, and it won’t break the bank…
Build your own MASSIVE wrap or salad or enjoy one of their amazing specials, like a Happy Hummus Wrap or Fall Harvest Salad for $9.25 that will literally last you 2-3 meals.
If brunch or breakfast is your jam, look no further than the Blue Hen Cafe, nestled in a beautiful little white building in Historic Lincolnville. The decor is midcentury-meets flea market kitch, and the food is down-home GOOD. Seriously, the bacon is the best we’ve ever had…
Order the Southern Omelette with andouille, swiss and collard greens plus sweet potato home fries and biscuit with peach butter for $9, or their famous Breakfast Burrito for just $5. Add a PINT glass mimosa for just $5!