Located on historic St. Augustine’s carless thoroughfare, the nautical, tropical tavern Boat Drinks invites you to eat and drink like a local. With a menu inspired by travels through the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and Florida, Boat Drinks slings a boatload of sustainably farmed oysters, fresh local seafood, and breezy cocktails, with frozen machines spinning fresh juices and house-made syrups, and two bars boasting the largest rum selection in North Florida. It’s a place where day drinking is celebrated, the seafood is always fresh, and only the drinks are frozen––it’s a state of mind, really. And certainly not your grandparent’s St. Augustine. Voted Top Ten Best New American Cocktail Bars by Tales of the Cocktail 2020, Boat Drinks is certainly worth a visit.
And when you do visit, it’s likely that Jessie Lane will be a memorable face behind the Boat Drinks bar. We lobbed a few questions her way. A stiff pour of honesty and hilarity ensued.
If you could make a drink for anyone alive or dead, who would it be and what would you make?
Captain Ron for sure. He is my dream bar guest. Would he tip well? No. Would he even pay his tab? Probably not. But maybe I’d get to see his glass eye, have a dance party and who knows… skip out on my shift and sail away with him? I would make my future lover a Goombay Smash because that cocktail screams 80s-tropical-blackout-fun-time. Followed by copious tequila shots, beers, and strip Monopoly.
What is your favorite beer/drink and food combo on the menu?
Blackened fish sandwich with plantain chips and the Scuttlebutt Swizzle. It’s the best fish sandwich that ever was. And if you don’t order it like The Ladies Man you are doing it wrong.
What’s the single greatest item you should have for a home bar and why?
A VHS player! I love to see what my friends pick out from my collection. Next thing you know we are taking shots when Jaws eats a kid or making banana daiquiris inspired by “Girls Games of Summer.” Runner up item: a blender for said banana daiquiris. Sidenote: If your home bar doesn’t have a dog, I’m out.
Best hangover cure?
A 5-10 mg gummy, a swimming pool with a lounge float, and some soft Bossanova playing in the background. Oh, and lots of snacks.
Overproof Jamaican Rum
This interview originally appeared in a special sponsored section called ‘Pour-Files’ in the June 2021 issue of Void Magazine.