attractions st augustine fl

We at The Old Powder House welcome you to the “Old City”! Our charming, turn-of-the-century Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of the St Augustine, Florida’s Historic District.  You will be just steps from St. George Street, world renowned restaurants and many historic attractions.

At the Old Powder House Inn, you will relax.  You can sit on the Veranda and watch the world  go by.  Horses and carriages with happy travelers will keep you entertained while you swing on the oh-so-comfortable porch swing.  Or, you can sit on the rocking chairs on the front porch.

Stroll the cobblestone streets and enjoy the very best St. Augustine has to offer. We have provided extensive information on our website about all the wonderful activities, beaches, and shopping to discover in our nation’s oldest city!

schooner freedom cruisesTo appreciate the rich culture and heritage of St. Augustine, it’s important to understand how the Old City came to be. The colony of St. Augustine was first founded by the Spanish when Pedro Menendez de Aviles and 600 soldiers landed on the Florida coast in September 1565. Menendez de Aviles had been commissioned by the King of Spain to drive out pirates. The French garrison stationed itself on the St. Johns River to establish and protect Spain’s claim and interests in Florida. The Spanish had some very lucrative treasure ventures in Central and South America, but as the ships returned to Spain, they were being looted by pirates hiding out along the coast of Florida. By 1695, the Spaniards had built a well fortified fort, Castillo de San Marcos, made of coquina, a hard rock-like material made of broken shells. It is due to the hard material and immense structure of the fort that St. Augustine was never conquered.

attractions st augustine flIn 1763, Spain ceded Florida to the British. For twenty years, the British controlled St. Augustine.  In 1783 the Treaty of Paris returned Florida to the Spanish. On July 10, 1821, Spain sold Florida to the United States.  Spanish control in Florida was over. In 1885, Henry Flagler came to St. Augustine and changed the Old City forever. He brought the railroad industry to Florida and with it, tourists. Flagler developed golf courses, yacht racing and beaches to enjoy, and the nation’s elite flocked to St. Augustine to enjoy fresh air, sunshine and social refinement. In 1899, the Old Powder House Inn was built, and today, the house is a fine example of the Victorian architectural elements that characterized Flagler’s era. Come stay with us in the heart of the St Augustine Historic District and walk to the St Augustine Forts and other historical sites. The Old Powder House accommodations and rooms will transport you back to the luxury and ambiance of St. Augustine’s Golden Era. Come appreciate the old world romance, scenic beauty and warm ocean breezes in St. Augustine, Florida.

Our city is proud of our live music.

    • Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille

      (904) 824-7765

      Harry’s festive outdoor patio area features live music every day of the week. For the full live music schedule, please visit here.

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      Salt Life Food Shack

      (904) 217-3526

      This two-story beachside restaurant specializes in fresh seafood and features live music daily from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. during the week and from 1:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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      Scarlett O’Hara’s

      (904) 824-6535

      This local favorite has live music on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – on the porch in the afternoons and on the inside stage in the evenings. Karaoke on Monday nights starting at 9 p.m.

      Cobalt Lounge

      (904) 810-6810

      This elegant lounge inside the Casa Monica offers live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Music starts at 8 p.m.

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      Mardi Gras Sports Bar

      (904) 823-8806

      On Fridays and Saturdays, Mardi Gras hosts top local bands on their 30-foot stage, with a packed dance floor. The bands start at 9 p.m. and play until 1 a.m

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      The Cellar Upstairs at the San Sebastian Winery

      (904) 826-1594

      The Cellar Upstairs features eclectic live music from 2 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Visit here for schedule.

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      Prohibition Kitchen

      (904) 209-5704

      Prohibition Kitchen on St. George Street offers live music daily, featuring a variety of genres including jazz, alternative, folk, and more. The music starts at 6 p.m. For the schedule, click here.

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      Café Alcazar

      (904) 825-9948

      This unique, historic café features daily live music, with a classical guitarist performing 12-3 p.m. Monday – Wednesday and a classical pianist 12-3 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.

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      Tini Martini Bar

      (904) 829-0928

      The Tini Martini Bar features live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit here.

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      Arnold’s Lounge

      (904) 824-8738

      Arnold’s Lounge features a live band every Saturday night.

      Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge

      (904) 825-1923

      Local jazz musicians perform live on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Oak Room Lounge.

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      O.C. White’s Seafood and Spirits

      (904) 824-0808

      O.C. Whites, located on the bayfront in downtown St. Augustine, offers nightly live entertainment in their garden area.

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      Tradewinds Lounge

      (904) 829-9336

      Tradewinds Lounge is known for its laid-back tropical vibes and live music every night of the week. For the full music schedule, visit here.

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      Centro After Dark

      (904) 891-0318

      After 10 p.m. Thursdays – Sundays, Centro After Dark offers a nightclub setting with a live DJ, dancing, and drink specials.

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      Creekside Dinery

      (904) 829-6113

      Live music Thursday – Sunday. For full schedule, visit here.

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      Tempo Restaurant

      (904) 342-0286

      Tempo offers live music every night of the week except Mondays, when the restaurant is closed. Styles range from Latin guitar to jazz and blues. Music starts at 7 p.m.

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      Ann O’Malley’s

      (904) 825-4040

      This Irish pub near the Old City Gate has live music on the weekends. To view their full schedule, visit here.

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      Stogies Cigar Bar

      (904) 826-4008

      Stogies Cigar Bar on Charlotte Street has an extensive selection of cigars, fine wines, and craft beers, and features nightly music in an attractive cottage setting and outdoors on their patio.

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      Barley Republic

      (904) 547-2023

      This authentic Irish pub on Spanish Street features live music in the evenings Thursday – Sunday. They have a full bar and a great selection of craft beers and fresh food.

      Other venues that frequently feature live music in St. Augustine include:

      St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Planet Sarbez, and Shanghai Nobby’s.

      To see where live music is offered on other days of the week, please use the links below:

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