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!
Best bar/restaurant/gastropub that I have ever been to! Steve and his staff truly know how to welcome people and make them feel at home. The food there is amazing and the beer selection is enormous. Wish I wasnít moving away because this place alone is reason enough to stay in the jacksonville area.
What a great neighborhood bar! I come here each time Iím in Jacksonville. The draft selection is immense (84) and always includes a couple of Belgians that I have never seen anywhere else. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff and a good selection of food. I have never had a dish that I didnít enjoy. A major expansion is planned for 2012. Until then, they warn in a menu insert that you may experience delays in getting your food because of kitchen limitations. I havenít had any delays yet. Even if I did, it would just be an excuse to drink a few more rounds of great beer!
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.
I am writing an updated review since Goozlepipe & Guttzworks recently opened.
First I would like to say something about the subpar reviews.
It seems some people went during the remodel when the bar dropped from 84 taps to around 20, and the size of the kitchen was greatly reduced. I do not think it is truly fair to judge the place based on this, sort of like rating an infected beer that the brewer has said was a mistake.
The new place, should it be 2 places? They are connected and have the same menu and beers, but are completely different styles. One is a very beer centric bar with TVs, giving it beer and sports bar feel. The other, Goozlepipe is like nothing I have ever seen.
Goozlepipe has a great bar to sit at and just look around. It is a steampunk themed bar and every detail has been considered, from the over 1 million pennys on the wall, to the 99 bottles of beer on the wall (only SA Utopias), to the beautiful and giant fan, the copper tables, the steampunk paraphernalia, the windows/paintings... The place is just stunning, you could spend hours just looking around.
- Ambiance is out of this world!
- Service, there were slow times in the past, with the larger staff and larger kitchen I feel these days are gone. I went 4 times while in jax over the holidays and food and beer came quickly. The bartenders had some great recs too.
Selection 140? 150 taps? yes they have 3 or 4 bmc beers, but the other 140+ is a beautiful mix of wild ales, ipas, stouts, lagers....
For those that had a bad experience during the remodel I implore you to try the new place it is gorgeous, has good food, an expanded and better menu now, and a top notch tap selection. Truly not to be missed
Favorite beer bar of all time for me. Huge selection of great beers. Very good food. All at a reasonable price. Staff was very understanding and patient. You gotta stop here if you are in the area. A canít miss.
Dinner for RBWG for Welcome Dinner. They pulled out the red carpet for us. The place was packed and I was still able to get beers without headache! ... and they had a bottle of Heart of Darkness! Must see in Jacksonville.
The RateBeer Winter Gathering Welcome Dinner was held here.
Our hosts run what a beer bar should be. Fantastic selection of drafts and bottles, good food, good atmosphere. And the staff is great. A must stop in Jacksconville.
Ok, so itís not every day I come across a bar that I wish I could go to everyday, but Kickbacks definitely is! I should preface this review by saying that I beermailed Steve ahead of time and told him I was stopping by from Minneapolis. He answered my email and told me to meet him there when I got in town, I mean, what bar owner wants to meet fellow beer fanatics?! The answer = great restaurant/bar owners.
The atmosphere is great, you walk in to a full faced view of 60 something beers on tap, ranging from the typical BMC to the deep end of the pool IPAís and RISís. The people were extremely friendly and helpful. Steve even took me on a tour of the entire bar and the keg "cellar". The selection of beers was great! Steveís attitude is to have a few BMC but then have a great choice of gateway beers for people to expand their beer horizons if they choose. The menu was robust and even included Hamburger Helper if you want to go old school, totally awesome.
Again, there are very few bars I go out of my way to go to but Kickbacks is definitely one of them. Really wish this was a bar I had back in MN.