Hidden away at the Sebastian Airport is a treasure that not many people have seen. The ZooBar is a small beer and wine bar with amazing food. The Sebastian Airport is located off Roseland Road on either West or Central Airport Drive. Once you leave Roseland Road just follow the snaking roads back to the big airfields. Most of the airport is dominated by Skydive Sebastian. In the far corner is a small deck with picnic benches and an air conditioned enclosure with about 6 tables.
When you arrive you are greeted by Danielle one of the husband, wife team that owns and runs the bar. She is bubbly and happy to see you. There is a question that you must answer before being served any alcoholic beverage though, “Are you jumping today?” One major rule at the location is anyone who is skydiving cannot have an alcoholic beverage until they return safely to the ground. Then all bets are off!
Jacob, the husband part of the team, opens the ZooBar at 7:00 am to serve breakfast and coffee to the early risers. Breakfast is inexpensive and filling. Egg sandwiches to full platters of pancakes or French toast are served with coffee or tea. You can get an extra jolt if flying from a plane is not enough, with espresso and cappuccino.
Lunch is served until closing at 5:00 pm. There are basic lunch items, hamburgers, hotdogs, and french fries. They are all excellent. Hamburgers are hand made and delicious. Jacob goes a step further. His specials showcase his skill in the kitchen. My lunch was a braised lamb shank with sautéed vegetables. Not something you expect from a small location like this. It was amazing. The lamb was delicate and tasty. I felt like I was eating at a 4 star restaurant.
Jacob prides himself on his microbrew beers. He has the regulars, Coors, Bud and Jingling but goes the extra mile with the Brooklyn Brewery beers. The wines are top shelf and sold by the glass or by the bottle.
The Zoobar caters to the skydivers so their hours will change depending on the jump schedules. If there are jumps until 9:00 pm the bar will stay open. Kitchen is only open until 5:00 pm. Skydivers are from all over the world. At any point you can join a conversation with someone who lives on the other side of the world. It is an interesting mix of people, great conversation and amazing food. You can not get any better than that.
The ZooBar is open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Times may extend due to jump schedules.
The ZooBar is a wonderful place to go to relax and meet great people. Add a beer and some great food and you have a wonderful outing. Hope to see you there.