The 10 Best Bars In LaVilla, Jacksonville

Andreea Pavaloiu

In 1887, the town of LaVilla merged with Downtown Jacksonville, and three decades later, LaVilla became a major transportation center for Jacksonville, as well as home to the city’s African-American community. Its streets and people remind tourists of buzz, good music and euphoria, with people like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles entertaining the crowds at this jazz hotspot. But nothing really beats LaVilla’s nightlife and late nights with friends in its lively bars, here’s our favorite picks for a late night drink.

Downtown Jacksonville

1. Music Hall

Bar, American

Located at the heart of Jacksonville, this music hall is the premier event space in the city. The venue is the brainchild of partners Jason, Brian and Duane, bringing music and art to LaVilla. Fully equipped with intelligent lighting, an out-of-this-world sound system, friendly staff and an ever-expanding wine and beer selection, this joint wants to bring Jacksonville back to its former glory. The bar itself was built in 1904, which explains the name of this venue, as well as its astonishing architecture, brick blocks and wood beamed ceilings. Plus, party goers will be amazed by a fantastic view of the city skyline seen from 1904’s impressive courtyard.

2. Bay Street Bar & Grill

Bar, Pizzeria, Beer, American, Pub Grub

Burro Bar
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There are really not many places where people can grab a quick bite and a pint of beer after 6pm in Downtown Jacksonville, but this one’s definitely one of the top options. Bay Street Bar & Grill serves amazing hot wings and classic pizzas, while their draft beer and full liquor bar are, undoubtedly, the stars of the venue. Patrons can dine in or have their meal to go, but the pool tables, darts and casual atmosphere are enough to make anyone enjoy the magic of this place and linger a little.

3. Burro Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Opened quite recently, Burro Bar pioneered downtown Jacksonville’s now buzzing live music scene, setting the tone for The Elbow, the city’s new entertainment district. The concept was easy and appealing: a craft beer dive with a live music scene, an ever-lasting experiment in collaboration with friends. Particularly exciting for beer-thusiasts and musicians, this fantastic venue delights both amateurs and professionals with a fresh personality, an artistic interior and an impressive selection of craft brews.

4. Dos Gatos

Dos Gatos

Cocktail fans will simply adore Dos Gatos, Downtown Jacksonville’s only genuine cocktail lounge. Located just across the famous Florida Theatre, people can find the magic and secrets of cocktail-making on full display by skilled experts. The interior aesthetics are extremely thoughtful, giving off relaxed, loungy vibes, while the drink options are simply yummy. Dos Gatos welcomes its patrons with a laid back atmosphere, but it definitely appeals to buzzing crowds as well, so it really has something for everyone.
Address: Dos Gatos, 123 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, +1 904-354-0666

5. Fionn MacCool's Irish Restaurant and Pub

Pub, Irish

Grilled Cheese
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There is really nothing quite like a genuine Irish pub experience in one of America’s vibrant cities. At Fionn MacCool‘s, people will experience just that: a warm Irish welcome, great food, friendly crowds and, of course, the perfect pint of Guinness. This little joint in Downtown Jacksonville, on St. John’s River is locally owned and operated, which only adds to its charm. So, dropping by for an incredible night of fun, food and live entertainment is a must.

6. InCahoots


InCahoots is the epitome of hedonistic fun in Jacksonville: an awesome spot for entertainment, fun, dancing and drinking. There is a large selection of music, so there’s plenty of beats to choose from, and the drag shows are the best in Jax. With a great atmosphere, fantastic crowds, great performers and so much fun all around, InCahoots will make people want to come over again and again every night. What’s more, happy hour specials last until 2am.
Address: InCahoots, 711 Edison Ave, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, +1 904 353 6316

7. Jaxx Sports Bar


Jaxx Sports Bar

This casual sports bar features big screen TVs, a large selection of wine and beers and promises entertainment, as well as relaxation. It is the perfect place for meeting with friends and colleagues to enjoy sports games on one of their five plasma screen TVs, savour a fine dinner or simply have a draft while cheering Jax’s players. Jaxx‘s menu features flavorful appetizers and regional specialties that go perfectly with some of its daily drinks specials.
Address: Jaxx Sports Bar, 225 E. Coastline Dr., Jacksonville, Florida, USA, +1 904 588 1234

8. Tailgate Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, Beer

Tailgate Bar has been open for over 30 years, so this place is quite a popular watering hole. Ideally located near the Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Tailgate is the go to place whenever there are Jaguar Home games, The Gator Bow college games, fairs or any other major event in the area. With prices low as can be hoped, a two-story bar and an impressive patios, Tailgate is where parties are kicked off the right way.

9. The Volstead

Bar, American

The Volstead’s historical value is undisputed, as this Downtown bar gets its name from the very Volstead Act which enacted Prohibition in the United States in late 1919. Volstead’s motto says it all: ‘Great drinks start with great ingredients’; and here, everything from the service, to the atmosphere and drinks combine to make a classy bar. Incredibly genuine, The Volstead is an upscale bourbon bar serving premium scotches, whiskeys and bourbons in a 1920s-themed setting.

10. Zodiac Bar & Grill

Bar, Tapas, Mediterranean, Beer, Greek

All Mediterranean is what this place is all about. From the food to the drinks and interior, everything here looks and tastes incredible. With a soothing and comfortable interior, delicious tapas and a friendly vibe, this has been a favorite choice for a night out for many people, both locals and tourists, since it first opened its doors.
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