United States > Florida > Jacksonville
Beershine (707) The Sunshine State, Florida | February 9, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Yes, a killer laid-back populist vibe. They call it a gastropub but itís not really that, itís a good bar with solid comfort food and breakfast all day--great breakfast all day, I should say. If the array of tap handles at the bar donít signal itís a beer bar, then the tap handles hanging from the ceiling like stalactites will. Located in a funky, artsty-grungy neighborhood about a mile away from Bold City. Great service and they are definitely worth a visit.
Oakes (640) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 3, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
This wasnít on RB? Seriously? Itís around the corner from Bold City, has a huge long line of taps and a bottle list to boot. Good deals on diner food and the odd flash of grit in its character. I canít imagine a more compelling destination that Jax might have to offer.
GT2 (576) San Diego County , California | May 25, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Kickbacks is a serious beer bar with a nice atmosphere and great selection. Tap list is enormous- just completely insane. It is listed up on the wall in micro font so bring your reading glasses because there are 60+ beers to choose from. ON TAP! Kickbacks is sort of an oddity since Jacksonville is not a beer city by any means, but in this area you have Bold City, Intuition Aleworks, and Kickbacks all within five blocks of each other (though I would not recommend walking between them since the neighborhood is semi-ghetto). Food here has been pretty good every time Iíve been. Service is good. Really, no need to sit at the bar. Go get a table and have a blast or sit outside. Tap list usually has Cigar City, Bold City, Intuition, Swamp Head if you want Florida locals. Really almost a world class beer bar in one of the most random locations ever. You must go here.
Leighton (574) London, England | March 1, 2013
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
World class. Came here for the RBWG 2013 welcome dinner. In pretty much every regard this place is outstanding. The draft list is massive, with something like 85 beers pouring. On our visit they put some extra special beers on, which was great. The bottle list, too, is extensive; I believe it spans more than 50 pages. Great food options, well made, delicious. Prices on beer and food are exceptional. The service was impressively attentive and efficient. Spending the evening here was easily one of the best beer experiences of my life.
Sammy (542) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
A trendy place. All the taps, but locals comment that there may not be one beer on to have that day. On a main street and in a growing craft beer neighbourhood. I had 4 good stouts, and Brian got his Narwhal. Good service.Prices reasonable.
phaleslu (399) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 17, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
My wife and I popped in here on a rainy Monday night and were surprised to see almost every table filled. The location seems to be fairly central for Jacksonville but then again we hadnít gotten a very good sense of the city in our short time here. We sat at the surprisingly short bar - 5 or 6 stools - because it was wide open. The taps are lined up across it, blocking the bartenderís face, and there are a couple tap towers to the right, too. I think it was 85 or 86 in all. Didnít even bother to look at the bottle menu because we found some fun drafts. The food was so-so; stretching it a little for the term "gastropub" when our orders were fairly straightforward pub grub. Reading other reviews, it seems to be all about which items you get, though. The bartender was super nice and knew his stuff. Smoking appeared to be allowed in here, which kind of sucked. Otherwise, the atmosphere was great; lots of beeriana and it felt very lived-in. The draft list was written out on the wall on the right; itíd be helpful if there was another or a bigger one or one closer to the bar, too. Glad I got to stop in this highly-recommended place on my road trip. Iíd also recommend it to anyone stopping through Jacksonville.
Scopey (390) Croydon, England | July 29, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Itís difficult for me to rate this place as itís undergoing some serious extensions/refurb works so has a reduced tap list. Anyways.... Kickbacks is a cool, laid-back bar with a focus on quality beer. Tap list is (usually) extensive and varied. Bottle selection was interesting and large, but you will have to shell out big-time for some of the more limited stuff. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Food is tasty classic American bar fare. Entertainment comes in the form of Danny Rowland who can be found in the bar some 24 hours a day! A top-quality beer venue. Looking forward to revisiting in the future.
Sledutah (316) Utah | February 25, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
RBWG 2013 welcome dinner was here. GREAT selection of beer on tap (84) plus a huge bottle list. The staff was friendly,. knowledgeable and speedy. The place was packed and we never waited for a server. The food was good and fast.
A must stop if youíre in the area.
They had a great phone app with the tap list, updated as they changed kegs. A very nice touch.
b3shine (262) Cincinnati, Ohio | February 24, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This was the first stop during the RBWG, and it did not disappoint. The selection they had for our event was beyond amazing, and the service was good, as was the food and the value. This is a must stop!
beernovice39 (248) Montana | August 11, 2011| Updated August 30, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Place rating #100. Without any doubt this is the new Champ of beer bars. Fantastic food. 85 taps with a new Belgian beer pub expansion coming around new years with an additional 135 taps. The greatest bartender (Andrew) of all time. 600+ vintage bottle catalogue. Open 20 hours a day....this leads to Good Gourd at breakfast. Not one thing I can complain about!
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