The Best Cocktail Bars In Jacksonville

Photo of Brendan Scully
9 February 2017

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.

Dos Gatos l Courtesy of Jason Albertelli, Dos Gatos

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”.


Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
Jacksonville by night
Jacksonville by night | © tpsdave/pixabay
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.

Dos Gatos

Smack dab in the middle of downtown, Dos Gatos is one of the most popular spots to have a cocktail in Jacksonville and is frequented by guests of all ages. The bartenders boast an impressive knowledge of signature cocktails, including the ginger-infused “Red Dawn” and the “Orange Jalapeño Martini.” There’s always something to do here as well, with weekly nights of karaoke, live blackjack and trivia.

123 E Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL, 32202, United States +1 904-354-0666


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.

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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