15 Unique Craft Cocktail Bars & Their Must Have Cocktail

​In a city of makers, we don’t just stop at arts & crafts.

Jacksonville’s craft cocktail bars each bring their own fresh perspective to cocktail making. They even compete regularly to be named the most creative bartenders in the city. These cocktail purveyors are like our own local celebrities and best friends all in one, and they all love to welcome new folks in to taste their concoctions. Check out these local craft cocktail bars and their most well-known specialty cocktail they serve.

Dos Gatos

Neighborhood: Downtown
Perfect Outing for: Drinks before going out to a show at the Florida Theatre
Unique Fact: Original cocktail lounge downtown
Must Try: Stolen Fish

Volstead

Neighborhood: Downtown
Perfect Outing for: Drinks with co-workers
Unique Fact: Swing dance lessons on Sundays
Must Try: Baked Apple Sazerac

Grape & Grain

Neighborhood: San Marco
Perfect Outing for: Date Night
Unique Fact: The Parlour, a speakeasy, is connected
Must Try: Old Fashion

Side Car

Neighborhood: San Marco
Perfect Outing for: Happy Hour
Unique Fact: Connects to a local Pizza joint.
Must Try: Tending Rabbit

River & Post

Neighborhood: Riverside
Perfect Outing for: Entertaining Friends & Family
Unique Fact: Best Skyline views from a rooftop bar in the city.
Must Try: Bourbon & Berries

Azurea Lounge (One Ocean)

Neighborhood: Beaches
Perfect Outing for: Beach Getaway
Unique Fact: Enjoy overlooking the ocean while sipping your delicious cocktails.
Must Try: Fig n’Rose (Seasonal cocktails)

Black Sheep

Neighborhood: Riverside
Perfect Outing for: Happy Hour on a beautiful day
Unique Fact: Great rooftop bar - and you can dine on the rooftop if you decide to stay.
Must Try: Dusty Boot

The Pagoda

Neighborhood: Southside
Perfect Outing for: Dinner & Drinks
Unique Fact: The bar is called the Tiki Temple, what else do we need to say?
Must Try: Volcano

Flask & Cannon

Neighborhood: Beaches
Perfect Outing for: Fun night out with Friends
Unique Fact: This bar is the sister bar to Sidecar and is also attached to a V Pizza.
Must Try: Planet of the Apes

Orsay

Neighborhood: Avondale
Perfect Outing for: Date Night celebrating a special occasion
Unique Fact: Orsay is a French Restaurant with Southern Influences
Must Try: QUIT MESSIN’

Element

Neighborhood: Downtown
Perfect Outing for: Night out with friends
Unique Fact: Element has live music on Fridays!
Must Try: Botanical Bounty

Lemon Bar

Neighborhood: Beaches
Perfect Outing for: Sunday Funday
Unique Fact: Bathing Suits are appropriate attire
Must Try: Mai Tai

Moxie Kitchen & Cocktails

Neighborhood: Southside
Perfect Outing for: Date Night
Unique Fact: Is the only locally owned restaurant in the St. Johns Town Center
Must Try: Sure Thing

Bistro Aix

Neighborhood: San Marco
Perfect Outing for: Date Night
Unique Fact: This restaurant was completely remodeled after Hurricane Irma.
Must Try: X75 – Their unique take on a French 75

Cowford Chophouse

Neighborhood: Downtown
Perfect Outing for: Fancy date night
Unique Fact: This former bank building was built in
Must Try: The Danis Mule – Made with local Carve vodka!

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