Pull up a bar stool at the Best Happy Hour in town at European Street Cafe (four Jax locations), where two-for-one drink specials are offered from 2 to 7 PM every day. Enjoy the discount all weekend long at the Jacksonville Beach restaurant, and cheer on the Jags with happy hour prices from 10 AM to 7 PM at all locations on home game days. We’ll “cheers!” to that.
Dos Gatos (123 E. Forsyth St., 354-0666) pours potent, not-messing-around drinks for people who are serious about their libations. With its edgy vibe and impressive list of signature cocktails, it’s an easy winner for Best After Dinner Drinks and Best New Bar/Lounge.
Bleu cheese burgers, wings, pizza, chips and salsa—whatever your idea of the Best Bar Eats entails, Cliff’s Bar & Grill (3033 Monument Rd., 645-5162) near Fort Caroline offers it alongside great service and nightly dinner specials.
With 600 different bottled beers and 84 varieties on tap, Kickbacks Gastropub (910 King St., 388-9551) keeps mugs brimming with the city’s Best Beer Selection.
R&B, indie and Top 40 hits co-mingle at The Pearl (1101 N. Main St., 791-4499) in Springfield, where the light-up dance floor serves as home base for the Best Dance Club in Jacksonville ‘til the last song ends at 3 AM every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Azurea Lounge at One Ocean (1 Ocean Blvd., 249-7402) serves signature martinis and wines that almost (almost!) compete with the beachfront view, making it the Best Hotel Bar in Atlantic Beach—and the rest of town, for that matter.
A Beaches favorite and St. Patrick’s Day destination, Lynch’s (514 1st St. N., 249-5181) is the Best Irish Pub you’ll find this side of Dublin. Remember to bring a dollar for the wall!
Named after the legendary song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Freebird Live (200 N. 1st St., 246-2473) snagged the title of Best Live Music Venue in Jacksonville. Just don’t yell “Freebird!” from the balcony at the end of each set. Really… don’t.
Indulging in a frothy concoction on an oceanfront patio is a great way to pass a lazy afternoon, and there’s no better place to do just that than at The Lemon Bar (120 Atlantic Blvd., Neptune Beach, 246-2175), winner of the Best Patio.
Sneakers Sports Grille (111 Beach Blvd., 482-1000; 8133 Pointe Meadows Dr., 519-0509) has everything one expects from the Best Sports Bar—huge TV screens that are a story tall, sports memorabilia on display, and beer-and-wings specials to boot.
Rustic, yet comfortable, Walkers (2962 Post St., 894-7465) reigns as the Best Wine Bar. An impressive menu of red and white wines, cocktails, and light tapas—it’s a great destination for a casual meet-up or a romantic rendezvous.