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The 11 Best Happy Hours in Jacksonville

These spots are worth leaving work early for.

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There’s nothing better after a day at the office (or at home on Zoom meetings) then kicking back with friends at happy hour. Jacksonville has plenty of options for those looking for a spot to loosen their tie or kick off their heels in favor of cheap drinks and sharable plates of food. These are the 11 best happy hours in Jacksonville.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The District

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Every day the District in historic Springfield offers a food happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring its most popular items on the menu including crab cakes, shrimp ceviche with avocado, and the chef’s sliders of the day, all of which are perfect to eat on the beautifully decorated courtyard where fire pits and lounge tables are plentiful.

Anejo Cocina Riverside

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Those who are looking for a little extra spice in their happy hour should head to Anejo Cocina Mexicana in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Jacksonville. Starting at 2 p.m. and going until 7 p.m. the restaurant hosts a happy hour with $2 off any large sized margarita, casarita, sangria, or draft beer. Then order some appetizers like queso, street corn, or goat cheese stuffed jalapenos and get $2 off as well. 

River & Post

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This stunning upscale seafood restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville hosts a lively happy hour from Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with specials including $5 Guenoc wines, $5 well drinks, and $1 off all beers. Make sure to order the smoked fish dip or a charcuterie board to share while enjoying drinks.

Prospect Five Points

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Prospect is located in the trendy Five Points neighborhood. The wine bar and restaurant has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. where diners can enjoy $3 wine, $2 bottled beer, and $5 well drinks. To soak all that up guests can dine on $8 flatbreads with unique toppings like peach whipped goat cheese, prosciutto and wine soaked figs, or a more traditional margherita style. 

Black Sheep Restaurant

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The Five Points neighborhood is a go-to for happy hour spots, especially at Black Sheep Restaurant. Here happy hour is served daily from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy $7 cocktails like an Old Fashioned or hibiscus margarita along with half-off all wines by the glass. Pro tip: the restaurant’s happy hour is best enjoyed from its rooftop bar where diners can take in the sights of downtown Jacksonville and the river. 

Restaurant Orsay

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A favorite happy hour spot among those who live and work close to downtown is Restaurant Orsay, which is best known for its French food with a distinct Southern twist and its robust “cocktail hour.” Each weekday cocktail hour runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. offering discounted wines and dishes like Prince Edward Island mussels.

Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar boasts not one but two different happy hours. Daily from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the entire restaurant can order happy hour drinks starting at just $3.25. As for food, consider ordering a dozen steamed oysters of the half shell and truffle fries, which combined make a full meal under $20. (Available in the bar area only.)

Prati Italia

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The St. John’s Town Center is home to Prati Italia, a modern Italian restaurant offering daily happy hour from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy $5 appetizers, $5 local beers on tap, $5.50 well drinks, $6 wines by the glass, and $7 craft cocktails. Go-to’s here are pimento cheese with swirls of pepper jelly or the garlic bread with olive tapenade along with with a classic gimlet. 

Midtown Table

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Every Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Midtown Table hosts happy hour with specials like $4 house wines, $2 off local draft beer, and $5 house cocktails. Bar bites are also available from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. offerings warm olives with roasted red peppers and orange zest, a cheese and charcuterie board, and wood-fired chicken wings with a spicy Calabrian chile pepper sauce.

Secret Tiki Temple

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Each weekday Secret Tiki Temple hosts happy hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with plenty of strong, rum-based drinks filling the menu. Those who want to enjoy a libation will need to make a reservation to get into the small bar and restaurant, and will need to know the password to get into the pseudo speakeasy. It’s purposely hard to find because its location really is a secret but here’s a hint: try finding Pagoda Restaurant on Baymeadows Road.

Blue Bamboo Canton Bistro

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Blue Bamboo has been a Jacksonville icon for years, and even though it recently moved to a new location its popular happy hour remains. Every Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. diners can enjoy happy hour at the bar where there is a selection of $5 cocktails and $5 appetizers. The selections change frequently, so diners never know what they are going to get. 

The District

Every day the District in historic Springfield offers a food happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. featuring its most popular items on the menu including crab cakes, shrimp ceviche with avocado, and the chef’s sliders of the day, all of which are perfect to eat on the beautifully decorated courtyard where fire pits and lounge tables are plentiful.

Anejo Cocina Riverside

Those who are looking for a little extra spice in their happy hour should head to Anejo Cocina Mexicana in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Jacksonville. Starting at 2 p.m. and going until 7 p.m. the restaurant hosts a happy hour with $2 off any large sized margarita, casarita, sangria, or draft beer. Then order some appetizers like queso, street corn, or goat cheese stuffed jalapenos and get $2 off as well. 

River & Post

This stunning upscale seafood restaurant in Downtown Jacksonville hosts a lively happy hour from Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. with specials including $5 Guenoc wines, $5 well drinks, and $1 off all beers. Make sure to order the smoked fish dip or a charcuterie board to share while enjoying drinks.

Prospect Five Points

Prospect is located in the trendy Five Points neighborhood. The wine bar and restaurant has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. where diners can enjoy $3 wine, $2 bottled beer, and $5 well drinks. To soak all that up guests can dine on $8 flatbreads with unique toppings like peach whipped goat cheese, prosciutto and wine soaked figs, or a more traditional margherita style. 

Black Sheep Restaurant

The Five Points neighborhood is a go-to for happy hour spots, especially at Black Sheep Restaurant. Here happy hour is served daily from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy $7 cocktails like an Old Fashioned or hibiscus margarita along with half-off all wines by the glass. Pro tip: the restaurant’s happy hour is best enjoyed from its rooftop bar where diners can take in the sights of downtown Jacksonville and the river. 

Restaurant Orsay

A favorite happy hour spot among those who live and work close to downtown is Restaurant Orsay, which is best known for its French food with a distinct Southern twist and its robust “cocktail hour.” Each weekday cocktail hour runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. offering discounted wines and dishes like Prince Edward Island mussels.

Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Blue Fish Restaurant and Oyster Bar boasts not one but two different happy hours. Daily from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the entire restaurant can order happy hour drinks starting at just $3.25. As for food, consider ordering a dozen steamed oysters of the half shell and truffle fries, which combined make a full meal under $20. (Available in the bar area only.)

Prati Italia

The St. John’s Town Center is home to Prati Italia, a modern Italian restaurant offering daily happy hour from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy $5 appetizers, $5 local beers on tap, $5.50 well drinks, $6 wines by the glass, and $7 craft cocktails. Go-to’s here are pimento cheese with swirls of pepper jelly or the garlic bread with olive tapenade along with with a classic gimlet. 

Midtown Table

Every Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., Midtown Table hosts happy hour with specials like $4 house wines, $2 off local draft beer, and $5 house cocktails. Bar bites are also available from 2:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. offerings warm olives with roasted red peppers and orange zest, a cheese and charcuterie board, and wood-fired chicken wings with a spicy Calabrian chile pepper sauce.

Secret Tiki Temple

Each weekday Secret Tiki Temple hosts happy hour from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with plenty of strong, rum-based drinks filling the menu. Those who want to enjoy a libation will need to make a reservation to get into the small bar and restaurant, and will need to know the password to get into the pseudo speakeasy. It’s purposely hard to find because its location really is a secret but here’s a hint: try finding Pagoda Restaurant on Baymeadows Road.

Blue Bamboo Canton Bistro

Blue Bamboo has been a Jacksonville icon for years, and even though it recently moved to a new location its popular happy hour remains. Every Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. diners can enjoy happy hour at the bar where there is a selection of $5 cocktails and $5 appetizers. The selections change frequently, so diners never know what they are going to get. 

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