Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yo, Ho, Ho and a Mug of Pusser's Rum

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yo, Ho, Ho and a Mug of Pusser's Rum

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Byline: LAURA CAPITANO

Honestly, the thing that kept me from trying Pusser's Caribbean Grille in Ponte Vedra Beach was its name. I hear "puss," I think about oozing sores, and I suddenly don't feel so celebratory. But enough people told me, "Get over it, that place is great!" that I had to see for myself.

Upon arrival, I scoured the menu for some sort of origin story about the Pusser's name. Turns out that Great Britain's Royal Navy issued daily rations of Pusser's rum for more than 300 years, before it became available commercially in 1979. "Pusser" is a version of the word "Purser," the person who controlled the ship's stores. From Purser to Pusser, how's that for evolution of language?

Pusser's is a surprisingly sprawling establishment, with gorgeous, maritime-themed rooms for indoor dining and a grand wooden bar to belly up to for rum. Live entertainment is available Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Outdoors, there are two terraces with scenic, fountain views. The rooftop terrace, called the Upper Deck, is complete with a huge, U-shaped bar, gazebo, lanterns, portable heaters (while we still need them) and plenty of seating. Every Sunday, Pusser's Upper Deck hosts Rum, Reggae & Ribs from 3 to 7 p.m.

Another regular Upper Deck event is the Full Moon Party. The next installment is from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, and you can drink Blue Moon ale for $2 a pop!

Pusser's also offers a decent weeknight happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., with two-for-one draft beer, house wines and call cocktails. Rum drinks are an obvious must at Pusser's, with the Painkiller being the signature drink, available in three strengths to meet your stress-relief needs. Pusser's Painkillers are creamy drinks, which I don't personally dig, so I had a good ol' rum punch instead. I only needed one of those things, if you catch my drift.

With your cocktail, I recommend springing for the $8. …

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