Woof! Bob asked me to give a different perspective on the blog by writing about my experiences here on Amelia Island. It is a tough life being the inn dog and my days are pretty full but I’ll give this writing thing a try. I don’t have opposable thumbs but I’ve been watching Bob type and he doesn’t use his thumbs so it shouldn’t be too hard.
Category Archives: Palace Saloon
There are days when it really pays to have a Canadian heritage and one of those days was today. Maggie Doone, One-Eyed Louie and I walked into the Palace Saloon this afternoon and immediately became the center of attention because Olympic Curling was on the TV and we understood the rules.
There several great bars within walking distance of the inn and many of the restaurants have nice bars in them too. Pablos Mexican Restarant on 2nd Street makes the best margaritas in town according to Lee, our assistant innkeeper. Bretts has a nice bar from which you can watch the sun set and O’Kane’s Irish pub has a full bar with a house band playing three nights a week. Carolyn’s on Center has a nice little bar on the ground floor with beer pong on Sundays in the garden patio out the back door. But restaurants are restaurants and bars are bars. This is my view of two great bars in Fernandina Beach. Both are fun places and they both welcome Maggie Doone so that’s where we go.
Maggie Doone used to be content to lay on the cool tile floor but lately has been more demanding and insists on sitting up at the bar with everybody else. She’s way too young to drink but that doesn’t bother her. With no opposable thumbs she can’t pick up a glass anyway.
The Pirates Club even does a Pirate-For-Hire service with the proceeds going to charity. Need a pirate for a wedding or birthday party? Want someone kidnapped? Even on days when there is nothing going on you’ll see pirates wandering around downtown posing for pictures with the tourists or drinking in the Palace Saloon. There’s something to keep in mind for all of you couples that are calling about the Elopement Special… How about a rented pirate best man and maid of honor? Aaarr.
The pirate on the left is probably the most photographed pirate on the island. He stands guard outside the Palace Saloon. Maggie Doone likes going to the Palace because Artie “The One Man Party” and daytime bartender keeps treats behind the bar for her but it took her several visits to get used to the pirate at the front door. Now she walks right past him as if he isn’t even there.