Sheffield's is a totally separate section of the Palace Saloon that does not allow smoking and has a much more refined and elegant feel than the rest of the Palace. The bartenders there are crafting the drinks instead of slinging things together. I watched the bartender there throw some fresh cut limes and lemons and some sugar into a glass and start muddling it together with some water and asked what he was making. His response was that he was making a margarita and didn't like to use the pre-made sour mix. Another bartender was going through the list of whiskeys and bourbons with a customer with the knowledge of a patient instructor. The end result being a customer who felt like they'd learned something as they enjoyed their special drink.
The atmosphere in Sheffield's is that of old money turn of the century guilded age decor with a stamped tin ceiling and lots of wood and brass. There are two very large televisions and an absolutely huge ceiling fan betraying the antique feel but they seem to fit somehow, and the fan is very nice when the room gets crowded on Saturday nights.
They have live music Wednesday through Saturday starting in the early evening. It's a nice place to relax before your dinner reservations or even right after dinner for an digestif.
You might have guessed by reading this review that I've been there a few times. It really is my favorite bar in Fernandina Beach and I'm glad to tell you about it.
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