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Discover 7 of the coolest, hippest and most upscale rooftop bars in Jax.
Jacksonville, Florida, is a destination that really takes outdoor fun seriously, with more than 220 sunny days on average each year.
Many of Jacksonville’s best bars with views also take it to the next level—literally—with rooftop bars. Let’s take a look at the coolest, hippest and most upscale rooftop bars in Jax, from trendy microbreweries in historic neighborhoods, to beachfront rooftops that let you take in Jacksonville’s coast and river regions, to some just-opened nightlife hotspots that still have that “new bar smell.”
Freshly opened with impeccably swanky decor, the upscale River & Post is Jacksonville’s latest, greatest place to impress a date or your boss during a business meeting, with valet service and an unbeatable view of the St. Johns River and Downtown Jacksonville. Outdoor couches and fire pits complement the snazzy rooftop bar that serves all the way til 2 a.m. In case of inclement weather, there’s a retractable roof and a connected inside bar that allows you to still enjoy the view.
Renowned Jacksonville restaurateur Jacques Klempf has just opened a crown jewel among the best new restaurants in Jacksonville, the Cowford Chophouse, which combines steakhouse dining with seafood, a raw bar and a rooftop bar that overlooks Downtown. As part of the completion of a glorious renovation of the
1902 vintage historic Bostwick Building, Cowford Chophouse offers one of the best views of Jacksonville and refined craft cocktails for a four-star steakhouse experience that’s a cut above the rest.
Craft beer fans can follow their intuition to the microbrewery and taproom of Intuition Ale Works, whose rooftop bar overlooks the shores of the St. Johns River and offers spectacular views of Downtown and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field. The casual “shorts and a T-shirt” ambience is complemented by delicious craft beers and outdoor live music and rooftop shows.
The taproom is the home of One Off Wednesdays, where each Wednesday an all-new, limited-release beer is tapped and served for an exclusive one-day run. The brewery hosts a kid-friendly Family Game Night complete with a bounce house, cornhole, and video and board games galore. You don’t want to miss the community yoga classes weekly on the rooftop.
Known as one of Jacksonville’s trendiest and top happy hour spots, the posh and elegant Black Sheep Restaurant rooftop bar is a great date-night spot that’s also especially popular for corporate functions, receptions and mixers. Overlooking the Jax skyline and tricked out with a gorgeous outdoor fireplace display, Black Sheep Restaurant’s all-day Sunday happy hour is a weekly hit, and night owls love that bar food is served after 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The rooftop bar does not take reservations, but can be reserved for groups of 30 to 50 depending on the night.
Complete your Florida experience sipping margaritas in the sun on a rooftop bar! This fun and funky Burrito Gallery location in the historic, hip neighborhood of Brooklyn is at the fore of Jacksonville’s foodie revolution as a unique Mexican eatery with full table and bar service on the roof. You’ll be dazzled by the amazing range of cocktail selections, and Burrito Gallery’s attentive staff caters to your comfort with umbrellas and heat lamps in case of cooler weather.
Another late-night destination whose non-residential location lets them serve on the roof until 2 a.m., this 5 Points bier garden scores points not just with its drinks, but also with an array of outdoor games like billiards, foosball, shuffleboard and more. Accentuated with wild steampunk art on the rooftop bar, Hoptinger Bier Garden is a hit with the professional happy hour set for its whimsical, handcrafted cocktail presentation in the casual rooftop lounge. The lounge is open Thursday and Friday nights, and all day and all night Saturdays and Sundays, and there’s another Hoptinger Bier Garden location right on Jacksonville Beach.
Since the 1920s, business travelers have been mixing business and pleasure at one of Jacksonville’s best business travel locations on the beach, the Casa Marina Hotel. Right on the ocean and with unforgettable views of the beach, the rooftop penthouse lounge serves cocktails, sangrias, tapas and a full dinner menu, and has one of the most impressive martini lists you’ll see anywhere. The lounge is the place to be on weekends in particular, with a DJ on Saturdays and live music on Sundays.
Casa Marina is just one of many great places to stay in Jacksonville, where fantastic outdoor bars will have you shouting from the rooftops. So raise the roof by planning your next trip to Jacksonville, where the downtown skyline and beachfront views are absolutely tops.
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