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2.9/5 rDev -24.5%
Spent the night in Fernandina Beach on the way to Orlando. Hadn't been there for years and the area has really grown up. However, the town itself is a great little quaint tourist town in January when there are few tourists but great little private bookstores, etc. Read BA reviews to decide where to go. The Palace was number 1 since I had been there in my earlier visits. Still a very atmospheric age old bar.
Next was O'Kanes because of an excellent rating on BA reviews. However, we were not impressed at all. We ordered the crab cake sandwich and the garlic shrimp. Shrimp were OK but not very many for the price, Crab cake sandwich was poor. As much bread in the crab cake as in the bun. Our waitress was attentive however and service was OK. This is an Irish pub and I expected several Irish beers on tap. However, I also expected a few Florida craft beers or at least a few special beers. Nothing! The most interesting offering was Smithwicks. This is really not a beer bar and we were really disappointed from the craft beer lover point of view. O'Kanes did have a pretty good band that night and the bar area itself was pretty active.
If you are in Fernandina Beach and want good craft beer, go to The Palace or the Dog Star.
02-03-2013 17:54:00 | More by Kenyon
3.76/5 rDev -2.1%
My wife and I were at a nearby hotel for a conference a few weeks ago, so we decided to check this place out and grab a beer.
It was a Thursday night, but there was a band there, so it was pretty packed. Seemed like the pretty standard dive for the most part. A lot of taps, but nothing I hadn't had before or was interested in. You'd think these places would at least make a point of having one or two gems -- or at least something that you won't find in every other bar in the country.
Over 20 taps is fine, but if it's all BMC, standard imports, SN Pale Ale, and maybe a few other things, I'd rather have 4 taps of quality stuff. That said, this isn't a beer bar, or it seems like it's not trying to be one, so there's that to consider too.
Though we had to sit at the left side of the place, where we could only see the band through the glass on the left side of the door, the music was great. Clapton and Petty covers. Older guys. They all were having a blast and were pretty damn good and enjoyable, and that helped the atmosphere a lot. Next to use were a bunch of college kids with a bunch of pitchers and wings, and we not eaten about 30 minutes before that, I probably would've snagged a dozen myself.
Definitely a cool place for a stop. The waitress had to deal with both packed sections of the bar, and she was pleasant and attentive, which I know wasn't easy for her that night.
10-18-2010 19:50:53 | More by asabreed
4.78/5 rDev +24.5%
This was my first time at this locally highly-rated beer pub, and frankly the loss is mine for missing out on a great place to get all manner of good brews for all these years.
The atmosphere is of a comfortable, local mid-sized bar with a front bar area of probably 1000 sf and bar of around 2 dozen stools with some tables of average size. There was another much larger dining room in back in a comfy homey decor. The bar is where I spent my time, and a small amount of coin. I stayed at the rail and enjoyed the quaint Irish pub setting with my wife and a few locals and the great staff.
The quality of offerings was excellent and varied. There were about 22 different draws on tap in a wide ranges of styles from european lagers to local ales to a couple of surprisingly good ciders from both sides of the pond.
The service was as some of the best I've experienced in over 30 years of drinking beers for sport and pleasure. Even the beer waitresses were not only friendly and playful, but also educated on the subtleties of brew. The best part of the visit was Ed, our bartender and excellent host. I initially gave Ed a set of requirements (medium to heavy bodied malty lager without too much hoppy bitterness) and he immediately pulled a room temperature shaker and filled it with an outstanding Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest from his quiver of two dozen choices. He and I engaged in beer banter for another hour and half or so and three more draws of differing styles on request, which he nailed on each occasion. Ed also was very willing to allow my wife to sample some of the more unknown selections. His generosity was exceeded only by his knowledge and ability to select just the right beer for the request made.
The selection was very wide as I've already stated, with over 20 varieties of beer and even a couple of ciders available on the tap and an unknown number of bottled varieties available. There were brews from ranging from seasonal domestics to quality examples from both sides of the Atlantic.
The value - which is what this whole review thing is all about right? - is outstanding! My wife and I had a number of great brews, expertly selected and matched to taste, and were able to carry on an intelligent conversation about beer and other things with the staff and a pleasant selection of decent, friendly locals. All this for around $20. Unbeatable!
08-15-2008 01:25:13 | More by LuvzSudz
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Note that I'm raising my atmosphere score a bit after being here on a Saturday evening. The place was packed with a nice mixed age crowd and the musical duo was top-notch. 3-16-11
orignal review of 1-11-08
I stopped here during my last visit to Fernandina Beach. This is a friendly Irish pub that has a slightly better than expected tap list. I think they have 15 taps and there was enough variety to keep my interest. If I recall correctly, they offer both Murphys & Guinness. I did not pay any attention to their bottle offerings.
The building looks like it used to house a department store. The bar is on your right as you enter.
I sat at the bar and enjoyed solid professional service. This was a veteran bartender who knew his beer, the menu and how to treat customers.
The food was pretty good. Going on the recommendation of the bartender, I had the fish & chips. Decent size portions that more than filled me up.
There was no entertainment during my visit, but I had fun talking to the other patrons. This is worth a stop for sure!
01-11-2008 19:22:46 | More by Redrover
4/5 rDev +4.2%
O'Kanes is just a door or so down from the Centre Street Cafe on Centre Street. Centre Street closed early so O'Kanes welcomed us in. Not a wide variety on the draft list, but 15 drafts, one of which was a cider. Pretty much the beers are standard pub fare, but they did have some O'fests on tap at the time of my visit.
The atmosphere was pretty nice, not smoky, and they had a singer at the front who kept everyone entertained on a Tuesday night. The quality was high and the glassware somewhat appropriate. The service was attentive and quick.
I prefer Centre St due to the selection, but if it wasn't opened, I would certainly head back to O'Kanes.
10-19-2004 22:53:29 | More by GCBrewingCo
O'Kanes in Fernandina Beach, FL
- out of 100 based on 5 ratings.