Pink Salt – Best San Marco Bars

  • Hours: Tuesday- Thursday: 2:30 pm – 9:00pm, Friday: 2:30pm – 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Address: 1430 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States
  • Phone: 904-551-4289
  • Website: https://www.pinksaltrestaurant.com/

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Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Pink Salt

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Posting House – Best San Marco Bars

  • Hours: Monday – Thursday: 2:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 2:00pm-12:00am, Sunday: 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Address: 2018 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States
  • Phone: 904-738-7106
  • Website: https://www.posting.house/

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bb’s Restaurant and Bar – Best San Marco Bars

  • Hours:Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 10:30pm, Friday -11:00am-12:00am, Saturday: 10:00am- 12:00am
    Sunday: Closed
  • Address: 1019 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States
  • Phone: 904-306-0100
  • Website: https://bbsrestaurant.com/

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Sherwood’s – Best San Marco Bars

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Locals’- Best San Marco Bars

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The Parlour- Best San Marco Bars

Before we get too excited, keep in mind this place is currently closed and under remodeling due to the pandemic, so you can’t visit right now, but oh boy are you going to want to come out for a night at The Parlour. Vintage speakeasy vibes with modern dance club feeling makes for a sensational evening of spectacle and sensational fun. 

The old fashioned drinks mixed into the menu with the modern takes on old classics makes for a well-rounded bar that caters to everyone’s tastes whether you’re looking for something comforting, or out for a night of trying something new.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at The Parlour

The ParlourWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at The Parlour in San Marco.

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Our Thoughts on the The Parlour Bar

The Parlour was one of our favorite places to visit in San Marco when we were out for a night of drinks and dancing with a little bit of vintage flair. The speakeasy entrance was a fun way to start your evening after a drink or two at GGX, and then you enter The Parlour through the bookcase and a quick Facebook search for the daily password. 

Once you step inside, the dance floor was energized with great music and happy people dancing the night away. The bar had great bottle options if you’re drinking premiums straight up or house mix in an exotic experimental drink that you’re willing to try. 

The bartenders were always so happy to please and the bar just felt like a fun underground club that no one, yet anyone, knew about. The GGX has expanded into the space now but we still hold out hope for the revisit of the old “hidden” nature of The Parlour as it was a fun way to spend the evening.

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Grape & Grain Exchange- Best San Marco Bars

On the southern side of San Marco where it joins Hendricks, the Grape & Grain  Exchange has found its niche among the crowd that loves to come together for fun and drinks without the dark corners of a traditional bar setting. Clean and clear, the floorspace at GGX is open and inviting to regular and newcomers alike. 

You don’t need a PhD in mixology to navigate the drink choices, but it may help. GGX offers traditional cocktails as well as exciting new drinks of their own invention. With craft brew as well as old standbys on tap, there is something for everyone at Grape and Grain Exchange.

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Our Thoughts on the Grape & Grain Exchange Bar

Okay, this may sound condescending, but hear us out; the space at Grape & Grain Exchange on San Marco looks like the lounge area of a high end hotel’s bar. However, that’s not a bad thing in this case, trust us! It’s a clean and inviting lounge that makes you feel warm and happy. 

While many bars go for that traditional “dark” look, GGX goes with the clean grey lines that create a wonderful spot for a few drinks and some great fun among friends new and old. Everyone interacts a little easier in this open space and the drinks are some of the better we’ve tasted in Jacksonville. 

Shelves full of bottles remind you you’re in a bar that wants you to try new and exciting flavors, give that unknown drink a chance. Like GGX, it may surprise you in how it delivers fantastic flavors and happy vibes beyond what you expected from our expectations. While not exactly a “hidden” gem, GGX is deserving of more notoriety as a great bar.

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Bistro Aix – Best San Marco Bars

  • Hours: Mon – Thu: 11:30am – 3:00pm; 5:00pm – 10:30pm ,Fri: 11:30am – 11:00pm ,Sat: 5:00pm – 11:00pm , Sun:  Closed
  • Address: 1440 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207
  • Phone: (904)-398-1949
  • Website: http://3.84.76.128/

With such a fancy sounding name and tossing around words like Bistro and cuisine, you may begin to worry that this place takes itself too serious, but worry not, Bistro Aix in San Marco is one of the better fine dining establishments in Jacksonville where you can get exotic cuisine, rich and fancy drinks, without having to step into a world of snobs above your station. 

At Bistro Aix, they provide great food, great drinks and still know how to provide a great time. This is the place where you can get VIP wine locker service, but also a cocktail with the Lucky Charm marshmallows in the whipped cream. There is nothing snobby about this fantastic restaurant

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Bistro AixWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Bistro Aix in San Marco.

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Our Thoughts on the Bistro Aix Bar

Have you ever stepped into a restaurant or bar and just felt like this is the place that “gets it”? That is exactly how we felt when we stepped into Bistro Aix on San Marco Boulevard. Just a block down from the hospital, this French restaurant has class and well earned status, but it never takes itself too seriously. 

For all the pomp and circumstance, every moment we spent in the restaurant and the OnyX Lounge bar felt like we were among friends enjoying a fine evening out with great food and even better cocktails. The wine list is extensive and the bar well was deep and varied. The food was delectable and superbly prepared, the drinks were potent and tasty and the desserts were worthy of a return visit to have just a dessert and coffee, and then again, maybe another fine cocktail or two. 

Bistro Aix is a fine restaurant and bar that offers top end dining while leaving behind all the trappings of fine dining.

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Beer:30 San Marco – Best San Marco Bars

Partly a local pub hangout and partly a beer schoolhouse, Beer:30 sits quietly on San Marco Boulevard waiting for you to discover its magnificent depth of beers. Open daily for traditional store hours, not bar hours, this quiet tasting house will grant you a well rounded knowledge of the beers we love. 

Beer:30 procures craft beer from around the First Coast and far beyond. More than a dozen rotating taps and hundreds upon hundreds of choices upon the shelves, try new flavors and styles, discover the joys of beer drinking with their taste flights and event nights. You’ll find yourself stopping by more often just for the good company.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Beer:30 San Marco

Beer:30 San MarcoWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Beer:30 San Marco in San Marco.

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Our Thoughts on the Beer:30 San Marco

The sign outside was clearly marked, this is definitely the right location for Beer:30 San Marco, but when we stepped inside, we were happily surprised at how bright and clean the bar was. San Marco’s Beer:30 calls itself a craft beer store, but there is plenty of seating in the breezy and open lounge or you could take a seat at the bar. 

Having simple but specific taste desires for beer, we found ourselves in conversation with the friendly bartender and after a few questions, found several new brews that expanded our beer palate. Small taste flights and some friendly banter made this visit an exceptionally happy experience, one that we can’t wait to revisit. The taps were clean and full of local IPAs and exotic brews. 

The shelves surrounding you are stocked full of funky and interesting bottles and cans from all over the place, each of them offering you a new adventure, with the amiable staff behind the bar ready to help guide you along.

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Sidecar- Best San Marco Bars

A well-groomed beard or sharply pressed fedora is not required for entry at Sidecar Jax, but you get the feeling it may be beneficial. The place is filled with locals in the know that have come out for a night of good drinks among good people. 

Once you step into the place, you instantly become friends with the joyous bar staff who are knowledgeable in every mixed drink and eager to serve you something new, or comfort you with your favorite standby. Sidecar Jax is one of those bars where you step in for a drink as an outsider, and are instantly immersed into the world of cocktails and friends.

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sidecarWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Sidecar in San Marco.

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Our Thoughts on the Sidecar Bar

Imagine our surprise when we stopped in for a drink only because it was adjacent to the next door pizza shop and suddenly we found ourselves immersed in a world of knowledgeable cocktail mixing and friendly scotch banter. 

We entered Sidecar quite by accident and now that we look back we are so happy we did. Seek it out as this bar is well worth exploring for an evening out on the town for drinks and fine cocktails. The scotch options were pleasantly wide, and the bartenders were helpful in suggesting inventive cocktails for other patrons who knew what they liked but wanted to try something new. 

If only every bar had such friendly and knowledgeable staff! We stumbled in as strangers, came out as friends, and now discovered we’re looking forward to becoming regulars, as Sidecar has standby traditional cocktails, exciting new mixes, and next door the scent of some of the pizza and bar-style dishes waft through the bar enticing you to stay, enjoy dinner and another drink. We did, you should too.

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