The first place clueless people go. The Landing and Downtown are deserted most nights, with the possible exception of the Hooters. True, the area is nice to walk around at night with the beautiful river and the lit bridges, but besides that utterly worthless as a place to hang out. More bums than party people 90% of the time. Florida-Georgia weekend is the only time when this part of town is hopping at night, but the city charges cover in order to recoup their losses from the rest of the year. If you insist on going any other time, Dive Bar on Bay Street, The Pearl on Main Street, Hooters, and possibly the horrible honky-tonk on the landing’s second floor are your only options.
A nice place to eat and walk around, San Marco is usually where people begin their nights before going to house parties in the rich neighborhoods or to the beach. Square One is a great club that people usually go to Wednesday nights, a really nice place overall. Besides that, its Layla’s (good happy hour) , Jack Rabbits (great music scene), and all stores and restaurants.
In my opinion the best scene in all of Jacksonville. Jacksonville beach offers a bunch of bars, especially Freebird Live (famous music scene), and you really cannot miss going down the strip. Ocean Club is very popular with young people, right next to the beach, and is about as good as it gets in this town.
Five Points is interesting as grunge, ghetto, and gay take over at various times. Fuel is probably your best bet as semi-famous acts come there often and the drink specials are good. Outside of Five Points, the Avondale neighborhood offers Kickbacks and Monty’s. Kickbacks on King Street is a wonderful hole-in-the-wall with an extensive beer selection and great atmosphere. Monty’s, or West Inn Cantina as its officially known, is always a good bet.
Bourbon Street Station- Saint Johns Bluff Road
Four clubs in one(country, techno, oldies, top 40), young crowd., getting a little thuggy lately.
New and better than most nightclubs in Jacksonville.
By far most popular gay club. Can’t speak on it from experience, seems to draw a crowd.
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