Anyone who attends the University of North Florida knows Jacksonville isn't the typical "college town." We don't have an abundance of Ladies Nights, buckets of sweet concoctions, or the issue of having to sneak drinks on game day. I know what you're thinking—that's all the fun of college. But here in Jacksonville, we disagree.
Instead, imagine having just as much fun drinking the night away overlooking downtown, or drinking your Sunday Funday looking over gorgeous Jacksonville beach. A benefit of the Sunshine State: rooftop weather year round. These rooftop bars are sure to provide you a great view, and an even better buzz.
Right on the corner of Bay Street in downtown Jax is this new location for the locally-loved brewery. Relocating from their location in Riverside, these brews now come with a view. Whether or not you're a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, this is the unofficial spot for away game football watch parties with a pretty stellar view of Everbank Stadium.Your best bet is to go with a beer flight to get a feel for which one of the local brews hits the spot just right. The craft beer selections here range from pale ales to seasonal batches (I'm looking at you Oktoberfest). I suggest the La-Di-Frickin'-Da, because with a name like that how could I not? Just recently added to the tap room is a pop-up shop of local Black Sheep Restaurant and four words... Hot Cheetos Mac and Cheese. You seriously do NOT want to miss it.
Located atop the Historic Casa Marina hotel in Jacksonville Beach, this rooftop could be considered a hidden gem. With an amazing beach view, you can feel the sea breeze in your hair year-round. Another great brunch spot, there's not much better than getting day-drunk at the beach. People in Jacksonville know this. Of course, being beach side you want to sip on a fruity cocktail, but take a chance on their extensive martini list. I recommend The Alamo. To not ruin your perfectly good buzz, but to fulfill your drunk munchies, check out their perfect bar food menu. I definitely suggest the blue chips.Jacksonville may not give you that sticky hangover from jungle juice or nights where beer is 25 cents, but man oh man, do we get stellar Instagram photos. So whether it be Sunday brunch, after class happy-hour or late night partying, hit up these rooftops for your next outing.