United States > Florida > Jacksonville
GT2 (662) Oceanside, 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.
That1Guy (22) Greeley, Colorado | April 9, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A little crowded by the time I got there, but still had no wait to get a table. The server, George, was very knowledgeable about the beers that were on tap and in bottles and was able to recommend some very nice brews. The food took some time to come out, but I didnít really mind with a delicious Two Hearted in my hand. Could easily spend a few weeks in this place just tasting. Would definitely come back.
PGHeppJr (1) Florida | March 21, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I will keep this short and simple, if you have the chance to go, go. I know this has been mentioned, but if Steve knows you are there via ratebeer or BA, heíll make sure you have one helluva time. If he ainít, ask for Jake aka jakers, John aka Crush, Alex or my go to guy Andrew aka one-eye-willie-come-try-kill-me, and tell em the same. This is a great place to get real beer and people watch. Trust me,totally worth hunting for parking. Do yourself a favor, if you have a facebook, keep your eye on their wall to see what is getting tapped that day. One last thing, sit in the high top tables closest the bathrooms, meet chet and hold the hell on!
TattooedGuido (1) Florida | December 4, 2010
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
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.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | July 11, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place has well deserved praise. Huge tap list with lots of specials and one-off type beers. All up to date on the chalkboard. Huge bottle list arranged by style seemed like it was kept up to date as well. Food was interesting fare but we just snacked on a couple appetizers. Nice but small sidewalk patio and excellent table service for a bar like this.
kbutler1 (97) North Carolina | June 7, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
micbk (4) Jacksonville, Florida | April 15, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Kickbacks is truly the best beer spot in Jacksonville. The menu is fun with lots of childhood favorites. Always something new on tap. My biggest qualm is the lack of bottle list! Other than that, great place.
drowland (217) Georgia | April 1, 2010
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
If youíre in Jacksonville, this place is a must, and thatís that.
A quaint little place that is a bit hard to find, and itís nearby some sketchy areas, but itís worth it, and youíre completely safe. Inside and outside there are tables with plenty of seating, etc. Everyoneís main complaint is that the taps are in the way of ordering from the bar. Well, when you have 84 taps, itís hard to deal with, GET OVER IT. You do want the good beer, donít you? Itís a small place, give íem a break!
Our service was awesome. Both times I went, the owner (Steve) was around and hooked us up hardcore. He was amazing to us, and the waitresses and bartenders were fantastic as well.
The selection is one of the, if not the, best in Florida, so go there.
The food was really great. I only ate one of the times I was there, but the macaroni and cheese is awesome!
The value was pretty good. Average to slightly high food prices, and the beer prices are all average. Definitely not more expensive than other bars around Florida.
Overall, a place you must stop if in Jacksonville. Really a great place and if you let Steve know youíre coming (find him on BA), heíll really take care of you!
azorie (29) Florida | August 11, 2009| Updated July 19, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
ok its not really a bar, the bar is 5 seats and the taps are mounted on the Frigging bar, you have to lean under or be 7 foot tall to see a fucking bartender...ok the good things, they have 84 taps. ok only 25 i would drink but hey I am picky. the food can be good, but the common stuff like fish and chips avoid them, terrible. we been her 4 times, and the food and service is getting worse the more times we visit. we always go 2pm to 6pm. Service "always " improves after I say hello to Steve, go figure. they got a menu board finally, and they are trying hard. its sad when a average place is the BEST in town, but beer wise atm it is. parking sucks royally, but at night though there can be music, which is nice, I love the trivia game you can play for free. Beer is fresh, but served in 14 oz shakers. anything 8% is served at twice the price in a small glass. Unless your stupid rich avoid the bottles, priced way to high for us. I read in Ale street news there going to 80 taps, where they put them is going to be interesting, the seats hurt me and my wifes fat asses.
been back many times: things are better, food is still the 2md worse thing, the seats and cramped tables are the worse thing. The 84 taps makes it a beer heaven and a place not to be missed in Jacksonville. Fl.
Immy (110) Virginia Beach, | May 3, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Massive array of beers here! The selection is up to 300+ bottles (according to their beer menu). Our burgers were absolutely epic. I got a kind of college bar feel from this place, and the local neighborhood looks a bit sketchy, but donít let that deter you. This place is very good!
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