Shor – Best Downtown Bars

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Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Shor

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Live Bar – Best Downtown Bars

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Super Food and Brew – Best Downtown Bars

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Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Super Food and Brew

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Element – Best Downtown Bars

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Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Element

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The Elbow – Best Downtown Bars

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am- 2am, Friday: 11am- 3am, Saturday: 6pm- 3am, Sunday: Closed
  • Address: 7 Ocean St, Jacksonville, FL 32202, United States
  • Phone: (904)240-4913
  • Website: theelbowjax.com

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Top 5 Drinks and Eats at The Elbow

the elbowWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at The Elbow in Downtown.

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Bellwether- Best Downtown Bars

  • Hours: Lunch: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 2:00pm Happy Hour: Wednesday – Friday: 4:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner: Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Address: 100 N Laura St Ste 100, Jacksonville, FL 32202
  • Phone:  904-802-7745
  • Website: https://bellwetherjax.com/

Standing directly in the shadow of one of Jacksonville’s iconic skyscrapers, the Bellwether restaurant does a booming business with the downtown office workers and power brokers. These people demand something more from their limited time away from their desks and at Bellwether, they get it.

A wide menu of sumptuous dishes, quick and friendly service, all at a fair price make Bellwether a popular spot for lunch, and a return destination for dinner as well. The bar is one of the greatest bar experiences you’ll get in downtown Jacksonville with a bevy of beer options on tap and a cocktail menu that you’ll have to taste to believe.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Bellwether

BellwetherWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Bellwether in Downtown.

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Our Thoughts on the Bellwether

Think of Bellwether Restaurant as a downtown version of its sister restaurant; Black Sheep in Five Points. Everything about the restaurant feels similar from the farm-to-table responsible menu planning, to the clean and roomy atmosphere in the dining room, but the food is decidedly different and cultivates its own feel reflecting its surroundings and downtown guests.

The dining room is comfortable and clean, unusual dishes and flavor pairings await you on the menu, the food is delicious and served as quickly as you’d expect from a counter service though you’re dining in. If you’re not in a hurry, hang out at the bar where some they offer better “bar menu” items than many restaurant’s main courses.

The custom cocktails are blended with premium spirits that send your tastebuds into overdrive with familiar and distinctly unusual flavors. The perfect combination of good food served fast, in a prime location centered in downtown Jacksonville, Bellwether is a must-dine spot.

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Cowford Chophouse- Best Downtown Bars

When you dine at the Cowford Chophouse in downtown Jacksonville, you’re not wandering in and hanging out, this restaurant and bar is more of a destination than a find. Housed in one of Jacksonville’s oldest historic buildings, the theme of the experience at Cowford Chophouse is one of elegance, class, and style.

The depth of the wine cellar is matched only by the heights of fashion with rooftop dining. The food is singular and the cocktails are superb. Prepare for an evening among the elite and enjoy an exclusive sophistication in the dining experience from the complementary valet parking to the delectable desserts and after dinner cocktails.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Cowford Chophouse

cowford chophouseWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Cowford Chophouse in Downtown.

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Our Thoughts on the Cowford Chophouse

Open only for dinner, the Cowford Chophouse knows the clientele they appeal to and caters to the tastes of those looking for something more than a quick bite. The serve up a fine dining experience with style beginning with valet parking, elegant starters, lavish entrees offering the finest cuts of beef available, and a dessert menu that may be worth the visit to begin with.

The fantastic food is worth the cost, but guests can get the sense of the how exclusive this restaurant is, the kids menu has Filet Mignon and Kobe beef on it, so you know you’re not getting out of there cheap. The wine cellar must be fathoms deep as there were bottles available that covered your wine desires no matter what your taste calls for and the cocktails were delightful and tasty.

Unless you’re on a corporate budget, the cost may be prohibitive for regular dining, but you simply must dine at the Cowford Chophouse to judge for yourself, the experience is worth it.

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Spliffs Gastropub- Best Downtown Bars

If you’ve got the munchies while looking for a great place to grab a beer while downtown, Spliff’s Gastropub is the place to be. Centrally located between two entertainment venues on the same block, Spliff’s is the perfect place for lunch or a late night bite after an evening out, or a place to begin the night out.

The full menu of savory favorites and interesting complex flavors in seemingly traditional dishes like sandwiches, burgers and mac-n-cheese. Try something new in an old favorite, get a pastry pocket or rice bowl, and wash them down with your choice of cold brews from around Jacksonville’s growing breweries.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Spliffs Gastropub

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Our Thoughts on the Spliffs Gastropub

Upon arrival at Spliffs Gastropub at the corner of Ocean and Forsyth streets we initially didn’t expect much from this seemingly simple burger joint. However, when you look it over with anything more than a cursory glance, you will begin to observe why this makes the list of local favorite hangouts in the downtown Jacksonville area.

The constantly rotating beer menu maintains wide varieties of options from the light to the darkest beers, and the menu is more than it appears with creative dishes worthy of finer dining establishments. The staff makes you feel welcome and the environment is family friendly as well as intimately quiet if you’re looking for space by dining on the patio.

Spliff’s is the greater than the sum of its parts and has been overlooked for far too long. It embraces their appearance of being simple, by staying simple while offering one of the better late night spots in all of downtown Jacksonville.

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Dos Gatos- Best Downtown Bars

Out for the evening in downtown Jacksonville of perhaps looking to enjoy a few cocktails after a show at the theater? Cross the street to Dos Gatos and take in one of the better bars available to you in the greater Jacksonville metropolitan area. Simple, tasteful, yet bold and understated, the bar is full of friendly characters that will enhance your evening for the better!

A wide selection of bottles to choose from, there are spirits you may not have considered available to taste, and well-trained bartenders that know how to mix them in the best way possible. If you’re looking for a great local bar, Dos Gatos has what you need.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Dos Gatos

Dos GatosWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Dos Gatos in Downtown.

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Our Thoughts on the Dos Gatos

Dos Gatos brings back the true feeling of the bar as a “lounge” and seamlessly transforms a downtown bar into a hangout spot that make us feel at home the moment we crossed through the doors. Warm wood accents and carpeted floors, plenty of comfortable furniture made this bar feel more like a friend’s house than a drinking establishment in the middle of downtown Jacksonville.

Theme nights give you something to look forward to on any day of the week and the bartenders know how to mix up everything from the perfected classics to new and unusual cocktails spiked with exotic spirits and ingredients that you’ll want to repeat over and again.

If you’re in the mood for a straight shot of whiskey, or an entire “Bowl of Madness”, come down to Dos Gatos in downtown Jacksonville and have a seat in one of the friendliest bars we’ve been to in a long while.

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The Volstead- Best Downtown Bars

Named for the law that enforced the 18th amendment and responsible for the enforcement of prohibition, Volstead symbolically thumbs its nose at the previous law and celebrates the freedom of the people to gather and drink! And if you’re going out for the evening in downtown Jacksonville, The Volstead is a great destination to make your plans.

The bar is set with decorations from various nostalgic eras from the past and the drink menu is curated seasonally to embrace the rotating availability of exotic ingredients. If bespoke cocktails aren’t your thing, the wide wall of small batch whiskeys will certainly whet your appetite for more.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at The Volstead

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Our Thoughts on the The Volstead

The Volstead steps above being a “regular bar” by incorporating a gimmick, the set dressing of a prohibition era speakeasy. They achieve this with minimal success in the “decoration” department, but the “feeling” of the joint is where the bar succeeds sensationally.

The live entertainment any day of the week could be modern jazz interpretations to mellow folk, but come Sunday night, it’s swing dancing time! Locals join in with dressing the part and though a decade or two late for “prohibition”, the intent is where they achieve greatness. Don’t look too closely at the details and just allow yourself to go with the flow, have a great time!

Old timey cocktails with modern twists and flavorings await you on the menu, and if you want to try some fabulous whiskeys, The Volstead has more small batch bottles than any place we’ve seen in a long time. We’ll be back at The Volstead because we like a great night of fun and frivolity, this is a good bar for that.

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