WHERE TO DRINK: 24 Bars to Grab a Beverage in Downtown Jacksonville

We’ve rounded up some of the notable bars, nightclubs, and cocktail lounges on the Northbank of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida to grab a drink! Whether it’s a happy hour cocktail after work, a beer before the game, or a damn good view of Jacksonville’s skyline to cheers to, we’ve got you covered for drinking in the Urban Core.

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Bellwether’s Mexican Cookout with monte lobos mezcal joven, ancho verde, watermelon syrup, lime, Photo by Nate Mayo

1904 Music Hall  19 N. Ocean St., 434-3475, 1904musichall.com Resurrected from one of Downtown Jax’s oldest structures, this live music venue’s name comes from the year it was built: 1904. With 17 foot tall ceilings, brick walls, rustic wooden columns, and local art on display, the sound and vibe of the room lends itself well to any performance. Days and hours of operation depend on show schedule.

Bellwether 100 N. Laura St., 802-7745, bellwetherjax.com Downtown’s hip new hangout has local beers and a full bar, perfect for that post-work cocktail and a nibble, Tue – Fri, when they are open for dinner.

Bold City Brewery  109 E. Bay St., 379-6551, boldcitybrewery.com Bold City Brewery is locally owned and operated. Brian, the Brewmaster started with home brewing in 2002. Bold City Brewery was one of the first to create Jacksonville’s own selection of craft beer, making them a local favorite. The downtown location is open Sun-Thur 11am-8pm and Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

Breezy Jazz Club  119 W. Adams St., 666-7562 A jazz club in downtown Jacksonville with live jazz, wine, dining and dancing. Open Wed-Sat 6-10pm. Check their Facebook for updates.

Burrito Gallery 21 E. Adams St., 598-2922, burritogallery.com  It’s an art gallery that serves burritos, quesadillas, and tacos. Serving food late. Full Bar.

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Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktail’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cocktail, made with Don Q rum, peanut butter almond milk, Sweet Pete’s sea salt caramel, Godiva liqueur, and a chocolate coin

Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails 400 N. Hogan St., 376-7161, candyapplecafeandcocktails.com Every hour is happy with craft cocktails from the Mixology Bar! Candy Apple can mix up your favorite cocktail from the full bar with a wide range of local, small-batch, and classic spirits. Happy hour specials, shareable appetizers, and light dinner entrées will turn you into an afternoon regular. Open every day for lunch, Tue – Sat for dinner.

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Kobe-in-a-Blanket + The DANIS mule, is the perfect Happy Hour combination from Cowford Chophouse

Cowford Chophouse 101 E. Bay St., 862-6464, cowfordchophouse.com The most upscale place you’ll find Downtown is located in a lovingly restored historic landmark. Cowford Chophouse contains several fabulous bars to to enjoy a drink and a bite. The open-air rooftop bar has a view that is sure to impress.

De Real Ting Cafe  128 W. Adams St., 633-9738 The Caribbean cafe is open Mon-Fri for lunch but Friday and Saturday nights, they rock the block until 4am. Check their Facebook for updates.

Dos Gatos  123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666 Located across from the historic Florida Theatre, the art of the cocktail is on display nightly as the talented staff create real drinks for people who like real drinks. The most diverse selection of spirits and a healthy beer list, as well. Whatever your itch, they aim to scratch. Open nightly until 2am.

Downtown Cigar Lounge  11 N. Ocean St., 353-4411 Cigar lounge complete with custom-made humidors and member lockers. More than 100+ cigars to choose from ranging from $4 – $100. Beer and wine. Mon-Thur 3pm-12am, Fri-Sat 3pm-2am.

Fionn MacCool’s 2 W. Independent Dr. (Jacksonville Landing), 374-1547, fionnmacs.com Located at the Jacksonville Landing, this Irish pub features traditional Irish dishes and a well-stocked bar. Serving late. Open every day until midnight or later.

GLHF Game Bar  2 W. Independent Dr. (Jacksonville Landing), 619-7048 Get competitive and have a drink while you do it. Pick your favorite, whether it be PC, console, or arcade cabinet; they’ve got it at GLHF. Full bar and snacks. Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am. Check out the menu of games and rates at glhfgamebar.com.

Hooters  2 W. Independent Dr. (Jacksonville Landing), 356-5400, hooters.com Home of the world-famous Hooters girls is where you’ll find great buffalo wings and a full bar.

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Intuition Ale Works

Intuition Ale Works  929 E. Bay St., 683-7720 Intuition Ale Works is a Jacksonville, Florida-based craft brewery established in 2010 by owner and brewer Ben Davis. Specializing in small-batch handcrafted ales, they aim to create quality, flavorful and creative beers in a wide range of styles. Black Sheep, a local restaurant, also provides food within the brewery. Mon-Thurs 3-10pm, Fri 3-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm.

Jacksonville Sports Tavern  234 A. P. Randolph Blvd. (next to the Arena, across from Baseball Grounds), 361-3547  Your tailgate, pregame and postgame spot for food and drinks. Sat – Sun 3-10pm. Open 3 hours before any major event at the Sports Center. Hours are subject to change, call to verify.

J Bar in Omni Hotel  245 Water St., 791-4995 Newly renovated, J Bar is the ideal place to experience the local downtown Jacksonville scene. Satisfy your appetite with small plates of progressive bistro-inspired cuisine, enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, locally brewed beer or choose from our extensive wine list. Daily 10:30am – 12am

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Mural Artwork by Mark Ferreira and Shaun Thurston inside the Justice Pub on Bay Street

The Justice Pub  315 E. Bay Street, 515-3112, @TheJusticePub Serving beer and wine only, but not missing the full bar because Justice serves up some amazing beer and wine cocktails. Great selection of local craft beers on draft as well as a nice assortment of domestic and international beers. There are outdoor tables and the inside has impressive murals on the walls. In the back you will find some classic video games, pinball machines, dart boards, and a couple of pool tables.

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Manifest Distilling Small Batch Whiskey

Manifest Distilling  960 E. Forsyth St., 619-1479 Downtown Jacksonville’s only full-scale distillery, Manifest Distillery is located just a few blocks from the Sports Complex and is in the same building as Intuition Ale Works. Manifest produces non-GMO Potato Vodka, organic Gin and organic Rye Whiskey. All distillation equipment is American-made, and the grains that go into each of their spirits are sourced from carefully selected, North American farms. Open for tastings, tours and private events, Manifest offers cocktail kits for home games and has bottles available for purchase. Retail hours are Th-Fri 2-7pm, Saturday Noon-7pm and Sunday Noon-6pm.

Mavericks LIVE  2 W. Independent Dr. (Jacksonville Landing), 356-1110, mavericksatthelanding.com You will find big variety of artists from various genres with the Largest Country and Ladies Night in the city every Thursday. Thur-Sat 8pm-2am.

Morton’s Steakhouse 225 E. Coastline Dr., 354-4350, mortons.com Morton’s Steakhouse is located in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. The bar opens at every day at 4pm.

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Myth Nightclub, Element Bistro & Craft Bar

Myth Nightclub, Element Bistro & Craft Bar  333 E. Bay St., 707-0474, mythexperience.com State of the art nightclub featuring DJs, live music, a sound and lighting attraction, and a party atmosphere.  

Spliff’s Gastropub  15 N. Ocean St., 844-5000, spliffsgastropub.com Spliff’s Gastropub serves up bold flavors to diners and features a full liquor bar with a wall of rotating taps serving craft and local beers, select wines, as well as daily events to entertain you. Mon-Sat 11am-2am.

Super Food and Brew 11 E. Forsyth St., 723-1180, superfoodandbrew.com Serving food with passion and purpose. Artisan, healthy gastropub with $4 craft beers all day, every day. Open Mon-Wed until 8pm and Thur-Fri until 10pm.

Volstead  115 W. Adams St. An upscale bourbon bar serving premium bourbons, scotches and whiskeys in a 1920s-themed setting. Mon-Sat 4pm-2am and Sun 7pm-2am.

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