Drink

The Hunt: Finding the Best Spicy Margarita in Town

  Words by Ambar Ramirez and Carmen Macri   Flying Iguana Located in the heart of the busy Beaches Town Center is Flying Iguana, a taqueria and tequila bar that has won “Best Margarita” in the “Folio” Best of Jax contest. And while we are all for taking Jacksonville’s advice (and votes) to heart, it would have been a disservice not to include this “Good Vibes Only” restaurant in our hunt for the best spicy margarita in Jacksonville. It would also be a disservice to lie to you all reading this and say that this was our first time having …

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Speakeasy Scavenger Hunt

By Ambar Ramirez Admit it. When a friend tells you they have something to say to you, something that you can’t tell anybody, you feel piqued, eager and dare I say … excited. There’s something about secrecy that activates some sort of primal reaction. Which begs the question, why are secrets so fun? Is it a sense of pride that your friend trusted you with some vital information? Or is it that with secrecy comes this unspoken role, that you are some undercover spy having to be very careful with what you say and do? I think, and maybe it’s …

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New Fall Cocktails Hawkers Asian Street Fare

New Fall Cocktails Hawkers Asian Street Fare

Cocktails at Hawkers Hawkers has some new fall cocktails available and I was one of the lucky few invited out for a cocktail making class to celebrate. Our class was held at the location, but the new cocktails can also be ordered at their location, which was recently expanded to add a wraparound bar and a few extra tables.   We started the night by making 2 of their new cocktails: G-N-TEA: Smoky and herbal. Chai-infused Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish gin, apple cider simple tonic, smoked cinnamon. Jingle Juice: Light and festive. RumHaven, REÀL coconut, pineapple juice, house sake, prosecco This was such …

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Buchner’s Bierhalle: New German Bierhalle in Murray Hill Transports You Back in Time

Buchner’s Bierhalle: New German Bierhalle in Murray Hill Transports You Back in Time, Jason Grimes

Upon walking into you are immediately transported back in time. A time of bootleggers roaming the streets on horseback and speakeasies that require a secret password or have a hidden back-alley entrance. Buchner’s, is easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it (or even if you are!). Located in the back of in , this is quite literally a hidden gem. Once inside, it’s all too easy to forget that you are in Jacksonville. From the exposed brick walls to the uniquely retro wallpaper, this place is one of a kind. Jason Grimes, the owner of Buchner’s Bierhalle, named …

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#EATUPJAX: New Restaurants and Hangouts To Checkout Around Jacksonville This Summer

Buchner's Bierhalle, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida, German Bar, Jason Grimes, Photo by Charlie Shuck

Seafood-hungry denizens of now have a new place to dine: Whispers Oyster Bar & Crabs at 331 W. Forsyth Street. Carribean and Southern dishes are on offer with decently priced specials such as their $12.99 junior crab in a bag, $10.99 shrimp pasta, $9.99 jerk pasta, $5 wings and $7 shrimp baskets. Expect southern sides like collards and classic mac & cheese to round out the selections. Those who work in the area will be glad of the 10% discount offered to government employees and Downtown businesses. Open every day 11:30am-11pm, with happy hour 5-9 pm. Jacksonville showed up in …

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Jacksonville Restaurants: Downtown Dining

Bellwether Restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville, Catch of the day- Flounder, coconut jasmine rice, baby bok choy, oyster mushroom, house kimchi, thai broth, Photo by Nate Mayo

Downtown dining keeps getting more and more tasty. This month we’ve picked three restaurants you should try if you happen to be in ! Gili’s Kitchen Catering & Bakery 126 W Adams St # 102, (904) 475-1400, giliskitchen.com Even with the wide variety of cuisines in Jacksonville, finding Kosher in our fair city is more difficult than you’d expect. Chef Gili owned a catering company in Israel before teaming up with Ricki Ben Simon to form . While they serve up traditional Jewish fare, especially when it comes to catering events, their menu is surprisingly international, with Vietnamese-inspired items alongside …

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Fetch! Sit Up! Pour Me a Brew! BrewHound Comes to Neptune Beach

BrewHound comes to Neptune Beach

It’s no secret that people love dogs. Many of those same people also love hanging with friends over a cold beer or a good cup of coffee. Sadly, most venues won’t let you enjoy both. Jason Underwood and Lauren Wyckoff developed the concept for BrewHound, an off-leash dog park with an open-air bar, to create a common ground for people to enjoy all of what they love in a natural setting. “That’s really what we want to generate is this core community of animal lovers and a place for everybody to hang out and share ideas,” says Wyckoff. “It’s a …

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#EATUPJAX: El Jefe Comes to Murray Hill + Cantina Louie, V Pizza, and Maple Street Bakery Expand + June Foodie Events

El Jefe, Murray Hill, Jacksonville, Florida, Photo by Kristen Penoyer

Cantina Louie is set to open more locations, at Nocatee, Monument Road, and on the Southside at Tinseltown. Old locations include St. Augustine, Atlantic, and Fernandina Beach. Expect some funky Day of the Dead mural action at all the locations–they were painted by local artist Moses Gazon, so you’ll have some Mexican art to go along with your Mexican food! Nocatee’s promise of development has been kick-started again, with some great restaurants nearby the moneyed individuals who live there. The line-up in the area is really starting to tempt me, and I think they might start attracting people from outside …

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

Downtown Jacksonville, Bars, Drinking, Cowford Chophouse, Happy Hour, View

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. 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 …

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GastroFest Partners with MOSH to Bring Jax’s Favorite Food Festival to Friendship Fountain

GastroFest, Friendship Fountain, Museum of Science and History, MOSH, Jacksonville, Florida, Food Festival

DELICOUSLY DUVAL The recipe for a successful food festival is simple. Never run out of food. Obvious food pun aside, producing an event centered around food is more than just a matter of taste and now in its fourth year, has proven to be more than a spread of local cuisine. It’s a carefully curated offering of vendors including food trucks, restaurants, mobile stand-alones, and caterers alongside free and ticketed workshops and tastings, catering to every palette from simple to sophisticated. It’s also vegan-friendly, offering a “food map” to direct vegans to specific vendors and events that meet their culinary …

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