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/

Right on their website Pink Salt tells it like it is; this place is not for everyone. Pink Salt is an adults only upscale restaurant serving an exquisite fusion of Caribbean island food and serving it with the finest cocktails and wines. If you’re willing to come through the doors and leave your expectations behind, Pink Salt will delight you with flavor profiles that whirl and blend with one another to bring a fantastic experience to your palate. Chef Robinson has cultivated his menu through decades of cooking and creating to bring Jacksonville the intent behind the flavors, and not merely a recreation of those dishes.

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We have to admit, we blushed a bit when we ordered the “Stroke My Bamboo” from the cocktail menu, but we haven’t had a good Big Bamboo in a while and this place has all the right Caribbean vibes so we tried it, despite (or because of) the suggestive name. It came out perfectly mixed and perfectly portioned, it was a fantastic way to start the evening. Drinks at Pink Salt seems almost as an afterthought as the real star is the island fusion food.

Leave any expectations at home, the flavors don’t belong to any one island in particular, the chef creates a fabulous melange of the islands that comes through in every bite. The braised rabbit and collard greens was a perfect example of blended cultural cooking that nearly had us licking the plate. Pink Salt is a wonderful restaurant and wine bar where you can get a new look at new flavors you won’t get anywhere else.

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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/

The bar and restaurant itself claims its own degree of incredulity in opening in a new city during a crazy pandemic, but they believed in their abilities so much that they took the chance and the wonderful diverse area of Jacksonville gave them a try, found this place to its liking and immediately welcomed them into the close knit Five Points community as a great entry into the fantastic fabric of what makes the melting pot of Five Points work.  A slightly higher class establishment, Prospect is no dive bar, but feels just as welcoming as any local watering hole you’d visit as such.

Top 5 Drinks and Eats at Posting House

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The new kid on the block always has something to prove and Prospect ignored that age old wisdom and just did “their thing” and that turned out to be the perfect recipe for success. We came across Prospect upon a friend’s recommendation and now that we have found that recommendation to be a success, we pass that on to you. Highly enjoyable as a bar and restaurant, Prospect turned out to be a fantastic way to pass the evening with good friends, great drinks and even better food.

The Meat and Cheese Boars was a great way to start the evening and by the time our chicken and ricotta gnocchi came out, we had to share it around the table to finish it off. The well runs deep here at Prospect and drinks are strong even when not specifying top shelf spirits, indicating Prospect takes their place as a bar and restaurant in Five Points as a way to earn their place through service and reputation.

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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/

Sometimes you’re not in the mood for loud bars and being surrounded by celebratory patrons. Sometimes you want to enjoy a fine meal, sip on fine wines and cocktails while kicking back and taking in a more refined atmosphere. Not that a crowded bar can’t be fun, but bb’s Restaurant and Bar is a more sophisticated bar, one where you won’t need to shout to be heard but can still laugh with friends over a drink after work, or before headed out for the evening. The menu is top-notch and many of the kitchen ingredients are grown in house, or rather, on the house, in the rooftop garden.

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bb's Restaurant and BarWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at bb’s Restaurant and Bar in San Marco.

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Our friend was going over to bb’s Restaurant and Bar for her wedding cake tasting and asked us to come along. We had dined at bb’s once before and we loved the food so we agreed without hesitation. The brunch menu is exquisite, and the regular dinner menu is world-class, but what we didn’t know was bb’s Restaurant and Bar has their bakery and catering business and that is worth a visit in and of itself. Sitting down over cocktails and the deep dessert menu could be a reason to visit, even of you never order an entree, but then you’d be missing out there as well.

bb’s Restaurant and Bar is the full experience of fine dining, a great bar, and an unbelievably decadent dessert menu that will add inches to your belt simply by perusing the offerings. The table ordered burrata before the meal and it was a pleasant experience, then the entrees came out and we were soon overwhelmed by the savory scents that rushed over the table. We’ll be back to bb’s Restaurant and Bar often just to try more of the options.

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Sherwood’s – Best San Marco Bars

Seated in the center of the Baptist and Wolfson’s Hospital complex, Sherwood’s is a neighborhood bar and lounge that caters to the locals as well as visitors from around the city who find themselves in search of entertainment. Hoping to cling to the identity of a “dive bar”, Sherwood’s is a clean and nicely lit bar that sadly is far too nice of a joint to be classified as a “dive” but they retain the sincerity of your local hangout dive bar. Trivia nights, live Jenga, poll tables and dart boards, Sherwood’s is a great way to spend a few hours playing in mild competition with friends, strangers, and enjoying some drinks.

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

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Sherwood’s was an impulse visit while we were turning around in the area. Just under the expressway, you won’t find Sherwood’s unless you’re looking for it and that’s a shame because we really enjoyed our time there and can’t wait to get back over there. The bar staff were all smiles, enjoying their work about as much as the patrons on the other side of the bar.

The drinks we got were properly stiffened and we can appreciate any bar where they don’t short change you on the spirits, Sherwood’s pours heavy and then some, so be prepared to enjoy great drinks. Even with a simple shot, my Laphroaig went into a tumbler and was far more than a shot by any measure. A few games of pool, a couple drinks passed, and by the end of the evening, we looked around and saw nothing but happy customers, happy bartenders, and that means Sherwood’s is doing something right.

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Locals’- Best San Marco Bars

You don’t have to search far and wide to find the right words to describe Locals’ Bar. It is the small bar with the big reputation that brings a sense of community to the neighborhood. San Marco has plenty of upscale establishments, and plenty of trend-setting pubs. When you want the real deal and enjoy a drink with no pretense, come to Locals’ and grab a seat at the bar. A great selection of spirits behind the bar, and enough of a beer selection to keep any beer sipper happy, Locals’ Bar is a great choice to enjoy as your new favorite bar.

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Next door to Locals’ is a pretty good BBQ restaurant and every time we’ve met friends there for lunch or an early dinner, we see the parking lot of Locals’ just popping off with music, drink, and dancing. Even when it doesn’t spill out into the parking lot, the inside of Locals’ screams “fun” to anyone within a mile radius, so it wasn’t long before we decided we had to try it out for ourselves.

Our only regret is that we hadn’t been in there sooner! Locals’ is a high energy, fun loving place that flies under the radar of most people simply because it’s not in their neighborhood. The bar staff was extremely friendly and made us feel part of the family and the drinks came nearly before we finished making the order. Cold brews, warm people, and plenty of fun-loving smiles to go around, Locals’ is definitely a return engagement bar.

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Keg & Coin – Best King Street Bars

  • Hours: Monday- Tuesday: 12pm- 12am, Wednesday – Friday: 12pm – 2am, Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 2 am
  • Address: 1271 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204, United States
  • Phone: 904-388-0033
  • Website: http://www.kegandcoinjax.com/

The doors to Keg & Coin open onto a playground of games, much more than a neighborhood bar, Keg & Coin is a community hangout, an old school arcade with the additional benefit of beer! The bar has fifteen taps that rotate flavors depending on popularity. The shelves have nearly a hundred other beer and wine options to choose from, and the entire space is lit up with pixels from upright gaming machines from our collective pasts. Shooters, pinball, foosball, skeeball, and darts. No matter what you play, a machine is here at Keg & Coin so grab a brew and drop in a quarter to become Player 1.

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keg & coinWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Keg & Coin in King Street.

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They had us as lifelong fans when we walked through the doors and found an upright Galaga machine.  Who doesn’t remember the countless quarters rolled into that machine?  We’ve tried the emulators, but nothing beats that standing joystick and button tapping sequence.  We used to play it with a soda-pop, now we’ve got our favorite local craft brew in our hands while we play.  All the classic games are here, and on Tuesdays Keg & Coin rolls out the retro console games. 

The patrons are not just a bunch of old boys reliving our past, there are young and old alike, enjoying the lights and sounds from gaming’s past.  Young discovering the wonder of these simple games, slightly less young… well, we loved the remembrance of time spent surrounded by friends and playing games.  That’s the beauty of Keg & Coin, that joy is not forgotten, it is here now, on King Street, and we loved it.

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Mickie’s Irish Pub – Best King Street Bars

Each and every bar out there is looking for that “hook” to bring customers and patrons indoor to their bar rather than the one down the street. Mickie’s doesn’t feel like they are baiting anyone, they just present the best of the Irish Pub and let those who know what they want come through the doors, and come they do. Mickie’s Irish Pub is such a great local neighborhood bar that it gets plenty of foot traffic just by being itself. Mickie’s feels authentic in how they operate, how they serve, and how they remain. A true community pub, Mickie’s makes everyone smile.

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mickie's irish pubWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Mickie’s Irish Pub in King Street.

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Our Thoughts on the Mickie’s Irish Pub

Mickie’s Irish Pub was just down the street from where we met some friends for dinner so we stepped inside for “a drink or two”. Six hours later, it’s time to close up the bar and we felt like we didn’t want to leave. The second we crossed the threshold the bartender smiled and asked us what we’d like to drink. From that moment, we were hooked on Mickie’s Irish Pub.

True friendships with complete strangers as the night wore on and we felt more and more like it was our neighborhood bar teeming with friends coming together. We saw the dishes coming out from the kitchen and couldn’t resist trying an appetizer though we had just finished dinner. The Mickie’s secret beer cheese sauce can be put on anything! It was so good, we nearly ordered another round just to enjoy more of it. The Guinness pour was perfect, the food was great, and the atmosphere was buzzing with fun.

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Riverside Liquors – Best King Street Bars

  • Hours: Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 9pm, Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm, Sunday : Closed
  • Address: 1251 King St, Jacksonville, FL 32204, United States
  • Phone: 904-356-4517
  • Website: http://www.riversideliquors.biz/

The restaurant at Riverside Liquors is a pleasant surprise if you aren’t aware of its existence. The deep shelves full of wines, beers and spirits from around the world hardly conceal their secret, as the smells of delicate tapas, hardy entrees, and refreshing salads permeate through the storefront. Have a conversation and learn about the bottles of wine available, join in a tasting, pair it with some excellent foods, and enjoy your drinks as you truly savor them as they are intended. Riverside Liquors holds classes for wine and spirit education as well as entertainment, attend these offerings with the knowledge that the more you learn, the more you’ll want to return.

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riverside liquorsWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Riverside Liquors in King Street.

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Our Thoughts on the Riverside Liquors

Years have gone by since we were last in Riverside Liquors and upon our return we were amazed at the transformation we experienced. That familiar and comforting smell of the “old wine store” was present enough to bring back comforting memories, but also diffused by the smells of Lamb Meatballs and Bourbon Glazed Salmon coming from the kitchen. We sat down and enjoyed a flight of tasting whiskys and one of the more extensive charcuterie boards we’ve come across.

By the time we enjoyed our evening, we had signed up for some of the upcoming Tuesday classes Riverside Liquors will be holding on other fine drinks, a bourbon class and another specifically on wines from the Middle East. We left with full bellies, sated palates, some refined opinions on the whiskys we tasted, and a desire to return and enjoy the experience again. Riverside Liquors is a great spot to step in for some fine wine, food, and a more educated sense of our favorite drinks.

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Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge- Best King Street Bars

If there is a bar on King Street that exudes the complexities of the neighborhood and compliments that robust sensation with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge at King and College. Great drink specials available with pop-cultural relevant names, a kitchen that feels like you’re back home, and a stage that sees the full diversity of performances from spoken work slam poetry, to dancing live DJs, to elegant jazz. Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge has the full package of a down-home southern bar and restaurant while serving as an excellent speaker for local acts looking to gain exposure.

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jazzy's restaurant & loungeWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge in King Street.

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Our Thoughts on the Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge

To us, one of the most critical things about Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge is their prominence in the community and their willingness to showcase up and coming unknown talent. It is rare to find a reputable spot that brings people up on stage like that. We’d like to go on for page after page about this, but we just have to tell you about the bar and kitchen! The food is so good, it’s like you’ve just found a celebrity chef’s hidden test-kitchen and struck gold.

That’s not too far from the truth either, Executive Chef Celestia Mobley has a cookbook available and is full of southern cooking that gives your southern roots a wakeup call. The real party goes into full swing come Friday and Saturday nights, and on Sunday Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge runs a brunch special that keeps that party going strong with drink specials and more of that fabulous comfort food. Day or night, Jazzy’s Restaurant & Lounge is the place to be.

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One Bar & Lounge- Best King Street Bars

Order a sip or two from the bar and kick back with some great food from the kitchen and partake in the hookah packed with some exclusive and premium flavors. You can get a Philly Cheesesteak, lamb chops, or any dish in between, especially if you are looking for the authentic Mediterranean flavor of a lamb and tzatziki gyro. Mix that authenticity with the unusual such as a Mezcal Daiquiri or a Pomegranate Martini, and you have the makings of a unique night, with tales to be told around the hookah. Old friends and new come to One Bar & Lounge to have fun.

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One Bar & LoungeWe would be remiss if we didn’t break down our thoughts on the five best food and drink options available at One Bar & Lounge in King Street.

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Our Thoughts on the One Bar & Lounge

Park and King is pretty much the center of it all and you don’t get much more iconic than that large facade of the old Park and King Pharmacy. One Bar & Lounge comes in and makes this grand building a popular hangout once again by offering friendly restaurant and bar atmosphere and professional hookah lounge. We’re not personally a hookah smoker, so we can’t weigh in on how good the tobacco is, but our friend assures us that it is superb in comparison to other places in Jacksonville they’ve been to.

We speak about the hookah to make the point that when though we’re not smokers, the scents were outrageously fantastic while the smoke didn’t cause a problem for us at all. Good ventilation and polite lounge behavior goes a long way to making One Bar & Lounge a nice bar to be in, don’t fear the “smokey” hookah cloud keep you away, we hardly noticed it at all.

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