Sipping the Spirit of the South
Stir, swirl and shake your way through to Jacksonville's craft cocktails scene. Jacksonville has Florida’s youngest population and we know how to have a good time. The city’s nightlife is filled with unique lounges, bars and a few rooftop hangouts.
Take a look at our suggestions below, if you have questions along the way ask a local their advice!
Things To Do
In the historic Riverside area, just a few blocks from the sparkling St. Johns River, you will find Black Sheep, a modern and hip restaurant home to Jacksonville’s best rooftop bar. The restaurant offers a delicious menu with locally sourced organic ingredients and the cocktail menu is equally impressive!. On the main floor, Black Sheep is a full service, elegant restaurant, then two floors up, Black Sheep transforms into a nightlife hub with its vibrant open terrace taking the spotlight. Enjoy amazing views of the Downtown Jacksonville skyline while sitting on their vibrant outdoors lounge that features beautiful furniture and a big bar. Food is also served on the rooftop, including a fantastic Sunday brunch--who doesn't need a Bloody Mary to start the week off right!
Don't be late for one of the best Handcrafted Happy Hours inted in the Markets at Town Center, muddles up the finest in ingredients every Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. Don't worry if you miss it, enjoy a delicious meal inspired by American flavors from coast to coast or end your evening with a night cap upstairs on the patio! Psst, they have a late night happy hour too, Friday-Sunday 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Breathe in the the ocean air at the Penthouse Lounge, rooftop of The Casa Marina Hotel in Jacksonville Beach. Craving a frozen concoction, hop on your bikes and peddle a few blocks north to the Lemon Bar in Neptune Beach.
Only In JAX
Jacksonville is serving up the finest in craft cocktails, taste for yourself at a few local hot spots around town. The Grape and Grain Exchange and The Parlour, both located in San Marco, or The Volstead and Dos Gatos, in Downtown Jacksonville. Sidecar and Le Bar at Bistro AIX, Iocated in the charming San Marco neighborhood ,or Blind Rabbit, which is in Jacksonville Beach.
Timing is Everything
Whether you in the mood for a happy-hour cocktail or a night cap make sure you fill-in the between with the latest box office hit at the San Marco Theatre or Sun-Ray Cinemas. Jax Fact: Both the San Marco Theatre and Sun-Ray Cinema are historic dating back to the 1900's. Get down to The Elbow on the corner of Bay and Ocean Street in Downtown Jacksonville.
Photo Credit: Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Bloody Mary Cocktail, Journey Productions
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