Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean breezes or discover new favorites in Downtown Jacksonville nightlife. Local breweries and world-class entertainment offer additional options. Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape.
The Core refers to itself as a destination with "Umpteen Downtown Clubs in One Destination." This destination is home to a variety of nightlife venues in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, centrally located in its main arteries from Bay, Forsyth and Adams Streets to The Jacksonville Landing. The Core is where nightlife entrepreneurs are creating a new vibe in the epicenter of Jacksonville with special promotions and activities like "The Great Pirate Party" and monthly happy hour events. Venues range from a rockin' honky tonk to dance clubs and ultra cool cocktail lounges.
There is a long-standing tradition of cool beach dives mingling with fresh venues scattered along the Jacksonville coastline. At the Beaches Town Center visitors will find an eclectic mix of venues, from upscale martini lounges to Pete's Bar, reportedly the holder of Duval County's oldest liquor license. For a view of the ocean you can grab an ice-cold can of beer at the Lemon Bar, a local favorite, or for a more sophisticated choice, the patio of renowned restaurant, Azuréa Restaurant at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa.
Jacksonville Beach has many watering holes within walking distance to one another, from Irish pubs to pulsing dance clubs and the swanky Penthouse Lounge at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant with sweeping views of the ocean. There are plenty of places to catch live music at the beaches, but one popular spot hosting local favorites and national recording artists is Freebird Live. The beachside hangout honors the legacy of Lynyrd Skynrd and is run by the widow of Ronnie VanZant, the original leader of the local grown band.
The King Street
The fastest growing bar scene is happening in the King Street District in Riverside. Anchored by gastropub, Kickback's, Eurpoean Street and The Loft, several new places have opened recently. Check out Dahlia's Pour House, The Garage, Lola's, Pele's Wood Fire, Park Place, The Rogue and Carmine's. Lots of great place to grab a drink or some grub. Kickbacks Gastorpub has a welcoming neighborhood vibe and offers hundreds of beers and late night munchies; menu served until 4 a.m.
The Riverside Brewery District
With a popular craft brewery and taproom already open and one coming soon, the Riverside neighborhood, minutes from Downtown, is quickly becoming known as the "Riverside Brewing District."
Bold City Brewery is a local favorite served at several bars and restaurants around town. There is also a Tap Room connected to the brewery operation, and it is open four days a week. First timers are offered a complimentary sampler of all the beers on tap that day. The brewery which produces ales, IPAs and English ales is open for complimentary tours on the hour Saturdays from 2 - 5 p.m.
Intuition Ale Works, right around the corner from Bold City Brewery, specializes in West Coast-style pale ale and Belgian-inspired beers with a "southern twist." The tap room is open evenings from Tuesday through Saturday and the open-air brewery bar is open on Friday and Saturday.
Downtown Jacksonville's Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts houses the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation's top ensembles which produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet and classical from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. The stages at the Times-Union Center are also home to traveling Broadway shows presented by the THE ARTIST SERIES, popular comedy shows and rock tours.
History and music share the stage at the nearby historic Florida Theatre. Built in 1927, The Florida Theatre is one of the last remaining examples of America's "Picture Palace" era and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during this period. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the site of vaudeville acts and concerts (Elvis performed one of his first indoor concerts there). Today, performances range from country, rock and classical music favorites, dance ensembles, classic rock album recreations and spoken word.
Across town in the neighborhood of Mandarin, your funny bone gets a work out at The Comedy Zone. This 21-and-up club brings the best comedic performers to Jacksonville, including Larry the Cable Guy, John Heffron of Last Comic Standing fame and Sheryl Underwood of HBO's All-Star Def Comedy Jam. Drink specials and appetizer menu available nightly.