The Best Cocktail Bars In Jacksonville

Brendan Scully

Jacksonville’s nightlife is diverse – the downtown area and neighborhoods surrounding the St. Johns River offer a variety of clubs, bars and restaurants, ensuring that cocktail lovers will never have a problem finding something good to drink. Here are some of the best places to go for a cheeky cocktail (or two!) in Jacksonville.

1. The Volstead

Bar, American

Adjacent to downtown’s Hemming Park is The Volstead. This speakeasy bar is named after the Volstead Act, a mandate by US Congress that enacted the Prohibition era from 1919 to 1933. Patrons can enjoy a delicious array of signature and classic cocktails in this trendy, underground bar. Customer favorites include the many whiskey-inspired cocktails and the “Baked Apple Sazerac”.

2. Sidecar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American

Jacksonville by night
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Just over a year old, Sidecar has already become quite the hotspot in Jacksonville. Located in the San Marco neighborhood, this cocktail bar and urban beer garden share a door with V-Pizza, a Neapolitan pizza joint, allowing customers to go freely from each establishment. Known for a laid-back atmosphere and a great whiskey and bourbon selection, Sidecar is a good bet for any night of the week.

3. Birdies

Bar, Pub Grub, American

Near the coast of the St. John’s River is Birdies. This Five Points establishment suits those looking to enjoy a tasty drink without breaking the bank. Birdies sports a full liquor bar, including over 36 varieties of whiskey and bourbon, as well as 34 beers on tap. Known for its hip vibe and indie rock scene, Birdies is a local favorite for unwinding after a long day or starting off the weekend.

4. Restaurant Orsay

Restaurant, Bistro, French

Nestled on Park Street is Restaurant Orsay, a French Bistro with a southern twist. This high end restaurant isn’t just known for its food; Orsay also offers popular cocktails separated into four categories: aperitif, shaken, stirred and classic. Try and arrive during Happy Hour, where Orsay offers daily five or six dollar cocktails.

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