Stopped by on a Thursday for breakfast. Nothing like a great beer bar that serves breakfast. Walked into an almost empty house with taps all over the place. Common and not-so-common beers abounded. Had a Bell’s Java Stout with my veggie egg wrap and some nice, crispy home fries. Service was spot-on and beer was first-rate. I don’t know what it’s like when it’s crowded, but I would be there every day if I was a local.
With all the brewpubs in the Jax area, I found myself there on a Monday night when the breweries were mostly closed. Headed down to Kickbacks. Good choice. Steam punk, dark interior. Knowledgeable staff - I had the waitress surprise me with her best bang-for-buck IPA and she brought out Bell's Double. Food is very good, and reasonably priced. The fried stuff reminds you of the being at the fair - hot, crisp, fresh grease. Parking is easy, accessible, covered patio, street loitering etc. Nice little joint.
Update 2: this place failed a bunch of health code insoections. Meat was unrefridgerated. Do not go! Update: I decided to give this place another shot a few weeks ago. Service was poor. Most beers on the list were not in. Then I recieved a beer I did not order because the one I asked for was out with out asking me if I wanted it. This place sucks. Old rate: Yeah, where to begin with this one? Well let’s start with the fact I sat at the bar, may not be the best choice with this place. It’s tough to interact with the bar tender. The taps block the whole bar so it’s tough to get their attention or hold even a modest conversation. Here was my view: http://i.imgur.com/mPbRNmw.png
Anyway, the tap list was large... But I could not see it from my seat and it was not in a menu form either. Like having a 20 inch dick but keeping to a life of celibacy. I did not eat but the menu was expansive. The vibe the place gives off is cool, open brick, tap handles galore, dusty beer glass hanging from ceiling, cool. I had two beers, then decided I needed to go somewhere else. I may return, but will not go out of my way for it.
Visited Kickbacks for the first time on Saturday. I read about it in Draft Magazine as one of the top 100 in the nation. It truly deserves that designation. The steampunk-esque atmosphere is off the charts. Everywhere you look in the place is just cool as hell. We had great service from Erica when we visited and one of the owners (Steve) was extremely accommodating - you can tell that everyone there is just into it. The selection covered the major styles and, if you’re slightly spoiled like I am, you’ll still find something good on the menu. Food and value were very good. Overall, this is the hippest, coolest craft beer establishment I’ve been to. Very impressed!
02-21-2013 - Day 1 of the RBWG Welcome Dinner. Eight-four (84) beers on tap, tap handles on the ceiling and more than you can shake a stick at! A site to see! Lots of food choices along with kids meals. A must stop when in Jacksonville for sure!
Not sure why I didn’t rate this place the last two times I visited. Crazy-crowded place, filled with a variety of people, but especially the young-professional types. Great beer selection and tasty food. The service suffers a bit from the crowds, but I imagine it would be great if they weren’t as busy.
jackl (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | March 2, 2015| Updated March 3, 2015
I found this place to be very frustrating. I visited for a late lunch on a Sunday and didn’t find it busy. Kickbacks is absolutely massive. There’s a couple of distinct drinking areas, with a patio out front, a sports bar section, and a dark back room that feels a little more opulent. The back room was so dark that I couldn’t figure out if they were having electrical problems or they seriously wanted the place to feel like a subterranean cavern. I have no problem with low-lighting, but if it’s so dark that I can’t see any of the tap handles or design features, then what’s the point? I settled on sitting at the counter in the sports bar section. When I sat down I had to clear out some space for myself on the sopping wet counter amongst the collection of dirty dishes and used glassware left by the previous party. I assumed the party had just left and that someone would clear up the mess shortly. I was wrong. No one during the entirety of my hour-long visit bothered to stop and clean up, so I got to enjoy the sight and smell of their half-eaten food as I dined and drank. I ordered a chicken sandwich and fries in addition to my beer. The fries and chicken weren’t tasty, clearly frozen and out of a bag. When my food arrived, the waiter sort of just chucked the order at my counter space and moved on without saying anything. The service from the bartender wasn’t very good either. She was very transactional and wasn’t willing to offer tastes of any beer before purchase. Mercifully, the beer selection was better than the food or service. There were easily over 100 available. Nothing was particularly eye-catching, but there were many options to choose from. I settled on an ESB from CCB that was pretty solid. Prices weren’t expensive; I guess you get what you pay for. Overall, I was really disappointed with Kickbacks. World class places offer a combination of ambiance, service, food, and beer selection. Kickbacks has a bunch of taps. They’re lacking in every other area.