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A different kind of Friday in Flagler Beach

Jillann Gildea
Jillann Gildea

There is just something special about being in a small town like Flagler Beach. There are lots of options to choose from when you live in the Palm Coast and The Flagler Beaches area. You can stay in town and visit over a dozen establishments all within 3 miles of each other featuring ocean views anywhere from High Tide Snack Jacks to Johnny D’s. We love that living in Flagler County we have options to stay here or we can be in St. Augustine to the north or in Daytona Beach to the south in 30 minutes which makes our home and ideal location for everyone. Tonight we visited two spots within walking distance to each other. 

It wasn’t just any other Friday night it was “International Talk like a Pirate Day!” The evening promised to be fun in Flagler beach after seeing that The Golden Lion Cafe was asking its’ guests to dress like a pirate and come join in the YO HO YO HO fun! We put on some pirate gear and headed downtown to see what bounty we might find.      

Our first stop was Flagler Beachfront Winery. The winery both inside and out had a very lively crowd and this nights entertainment featured Pat Crawford on guitar who played a variety of music from the 70’s to current hits.  The winery does music every Friday sometimes inside and sometimes out on the oceanfront deck depending on the weather. We ordered the Syrah tonight along with the flatbread which had brie, prosciutto and basil pesto oil and added to that, what has become a favorite, the espresso and lavender hand-rubbed cheese which is full bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel and some crackers. Both of these were exceptional and the Syrah was a nice switch from my usual Merlot that is one of my favorites that they make. Wines made on site are from grapes grown all over the United States. They currently have over 17 varieties on their wine menu and they also offer wine slushies’, desserts, craft beers, sangrias, mimosas and Bloody Mary’s with a twist. It’s a great start to an amazing evening and this one was no exception. 

Our next stop was The Golden Lion Cafe. There were plenty of pirates to be seen and we felt right at home. The musicians featured were the Two Thirds’ Duo and their music kept everyone in spirit.  From the upper deck you can view the ocean and see the beautiful moonrise. Of course dancing in the sand is always a fun thing at this venue and on Sundays they feature reggae music and you can limbo!  For our entrée tonight we had the Mahi Sandwich which we ordered broiled and it was fresh and delicious and it came with fries. The steamed clams are probably the best in town and the raw seafood bar is a must for anyone who enjoys oysters, they usually have a few different selections of oysters.  Of course the pirates in costume really made the evening fun, lots of aaarrrggghs and Yo Ho Yo Ho’s heard, laughter and just plain small town fun. We also like the fact that the menu offers many price points.  The Golden Lion Café is a family friendly spot and first opened in 1993; it has consistently been recognized as a top restaurant in Flagler County and has proudly won over 125 "Best Around Awards" in the readers' choice poll of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.  Also voted the Best Beach Bar in Florida for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by thousands of visitors at Florida Beach Bar and named one of Florida's Top 24 Beach Bars by Florida Travel+Life Magazine.


Until next time….
Jillann Gildea

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