When the sun goes down, find out where the fun begins.
Jacksonville boasts more than one nightlife hub; visitors can bar hop in the cool ocean breezes or discover new favorites in Downtown Jacksonville. The local breweries are as eclectic as this city, ranging from beachy breweries to those brewing in historical building. Sundown in Jacksonville sheds light on entertainment options as diverse as the local landscape.
THE TOP NIGHTLIFE SPOTS & EVENING ACTIVITES IN JACKSONVILLE:
The Elbow Downtown for Live Music & DJs
Locals refer to the cluster of bars and venues near the intersection of N. Ocean and E. Bay Street Downtown, as “The Elbow.” This burgeoning cultural district attracts locals and visitors who are looking for a fun and relaxed night out where they can enjoy local beers, craft cocktails, DJs, and live music. Signature venues in The Elbow include: The Florida Theatre, 1904 Music Hall, Dos Gatos, The Volstead, Hourglass Pub, Bold City Brewery, Intuition Ale Works, and more! One of our Downtown bars is even on Southern Living’s Souths Best Bars List. Get down to “The Elbow” tonight!
Dining, Bars, & Music at The Beaches
There is a long-standing tradition of cool beach dives mingling with fresh venues scattered along the Jacksonville coastline. At the Beaches Town Center visitors will find an eclectic mix of venues, from upscale martini lounges to Pete’s Bar, reportedly the holder of Duval County’s oldest liquor license. For a view of the ocean you can grab a frozen beachy cocktail at the Lemon Bar, a local favorite, or for a more sophisticated choice, the patio of renowned restaurant, Azuréa Restaurant at One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa. Beaches Town Center, where Neptune and Atlantic Beaches meet, offers tons of nightlife options. There’s always live music, either in the main courtyard or at Ragtime or the Flying Iguana, which has a selection of 100-plus tequilas. Check out Island Girl Wine & Cigar Bar or Poe’s Tavern, a gastropub with more than 50 beer options. Cruise down A1A to find many additional bars and restaurants with live music and drink specials throughout the beach communities.
Jacksonville Beach has many watering holes within walking distance to one another, from Irish pubs to pulsing dance clubs and the swanky Penthouse Lounge at Casa Marina Hotel & Restaurant with sweeping views of the ocean. Not to mention plenty of places to catch live music. Check out local breweries including Green Room Brewing, Engine 15 Brewing Company, Southern Swells, Atlantic Beach Brewing Company and Zeta Brewing Company all located just a few blocks from the sand at Jax Beach.
The King Street District for Dining & Craft Beer
The fastest growing bar scene is happening in the King Street District in Riverside. You can find over 600 draft beers and hundreds of options in cans. Anchored by gastropub, Kickback’s, European Street and The Loft, several new places have opened. Check out Dahlia’s Pour House, The Garage, Lola’s, Park Place, The Rogue and Carmine’s. Lots of great places to grab a drink or some grub, start on one end of the street and walk your way to the other, don’t worry Kickback’s has a super late-night munchies menu serving until 4 a.m.
St John’s Town Center and Southside Cocktails and More
St. John’s Town Center, a shopping mecca by day, turns into a nightlife spot in the evenings. Visit the Tinseltown district offers several dining and nightlife options including III Forks, Bottlenose Brewing, which features all Florida craft beers. Seven Bridges and Mellow Mushroom, also in the Tinseltown area, offers casual brewpub fare and locally-brewed beers.
Local Breweries on The Jax Ale Trail
From small craft-beer producers to one of the largest breweries in the worldil, the Jax craft beer scene is leading the way in Florida. Visit some of the most friendly tap rooms in the state and sample unique beer creations made with a new twist and local ingredients. Cheers! Go ahead and hop on the Jax Ale Trail, we even have a brewery passport for you to explore!
Live Entertainment & Performing Arts
Downtown Jacksonville’s Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts houses the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s top ensembles which produces concerts of opera, gospel, big band, ballet and classical from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. The stages at the Times-Union Center are also home to traveling Broadway shows presented by the THE FSCJ ARTIST SERIES, popular comedy shows and rock tours. Hop over the Main Street Bridge (it’s the blue one) to San Marco for one of the best live music venues in the city, Jack Rabbitts.
History and music share the stage at the nearby historic Florida Theatre. Built in 1927, The Florida Theatre is one of the last remaining examples of America’s “Picture Palace” era and is one of only four remaining high-style movie palaces built in Florida during this period. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been the site of vaudeville acts and concerts (Elvis performed one of his first indoor concerts there). Today, performances range from country, rock and classical music favorites, dance ensembles, classic rock album recreations and spoken word.
Comedy and Improv
Across town in the neighborhood of Mandarin, your funny bone gets a work out at The Comedy Zone. This 21-and-up club brings the best comedic performers to Jacksonville, including Larry the Cable Guy, John Heffron of Last Comic Standing fame and Sheryl Underwood of HBO’s All-Star Def Comedy Jam. Drink specials and appetizer menu available nightly.