Where is the best nightlife in Jacksonville?

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Natalie Wearstler

The best nightlife in Jacksonville can take you from brew pubs to cocktail bars to underground music joints. Beer lovers will find plenty to raise a glass to in the city’s Riverside neighborhood, where the breweries, restaurants and pubs along Park Street and King Street have earned the area unofficial billing as "Jacksonville’s Beer District." Start your journey with local craft brews at Bold City Brewery and Intuition Ale Works before walking down King Street to Kickbacks, a gastropub that boasts over 600 bottled beers and 84 taps. Further down the street, Dahlia’s Pour House has 85 taps, several of which come from 14 different Florida breweries. Keep going to Pele’s Wood Fire, which offers 50 different drafts. Farther down King Street, Lola’s Burrito Joint is home to 54 taps; turn right onto Park Street to enjoy the famous two-for-one happy hour and hearty sandwiches at European Street Cafe.

Once five o’ clock hits at the many business complexes and office parks on the Southside, all those workers seek out somewhere to toast a hard day’s work. Most flock to The Markets at Town Center, a retail and dining hub adjacent to the sprawling St. Johns Town Center outdoor mall. Nightlife favorites include BlackFinn American Grille, where the saloon room draws a young professional crowd; Whisky River, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s concept restaurant/bar/nightclub that drips with Southern country energy (did we mention there’s a mechanical bull?); and Suite, a dress-to-impress club where a sophisticated cocktail menu fuels late-night DJ sets.

The Urban Core in Jacksonville’s downtown neighborhood has renewed itself as a nightlife destination in recent years. Dos Gatos, a swanky cocktail lounge across from the Florida Theatre, is a local favorite for innovative cocktails after a concert (or any night, really, as the bar is open seven days a week and even ushers in thirsty patrons early on special events, game days and holidays). Bay Street is home to Underbelly, a spacious live music hall that serves wine and beer alongside local and touring independent acts; Mark’s downtown, a popular cocktail bar; Dive Bar, an eclectic retro bar that boasts a black light room; and Club TSI, a dance club with nightly changes to its music lineup. Gritty and unpretentious Burro Bar on Adams Street draws a late-night crowd for local underground musical acts.

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