Happy Thanksgiving from the entire staff at Downtown Vision! We are extremely thankful every day for all of the people who share and support our passion for Downtown Jacksonville; for every one who visits, works, or lives Downtown. Thank you for making it the great place that it is.

Though there are countless things to be grateful for in Downtown, our CEO, Jake Gordon came up with a list of some of the things we have been especially thankful for this year

Jake Gordon, CEO: 

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 8.44.53 AMI’m thankful for my kids and all the awesome experiences we have in DTJax. They are 7 yrs old & 4 years old.

In just the last year, we:
  1. Saw Santa at HobNob & had a great brunch afterwards
  2. Cheered on the Jumbo Shrimp!
  3. Got healthy & tired in the Gate River Run & Junior Gate River Run, then drank chocolate milk.
  4. Had sunset dinner at River City Brewing Company
  5. Watched awesome The Little Mermaid by FSCJ at Times Union Center
  6. Cheered on the Gators at SEC Gymnastics Championships at Jax Arena
  7. Ran the Donna 10K and the Donna Family Fun Run
  8. Played with so many legos at MOSH
  9. Ate SO much candy at Sweet Pete’s
  10. Caught Odd Squad from WJCT at Historic Florida Theatre
  11. Walked in lots of pink in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 10K by American Cancer Society starting at Metro Park
  12. Trick or treat’ed on the street, in places like Peterbrooke, Wolf & Cub, Urban Grind and Chamblins Uptown
  13. Witnessed a home win at EverBank Field by the rejuvenated Jacksonville Jaguar
And that doesn’t even count First Wednesday Art Walk, the incredible kids section at the Main Jax Public Library, JazzFest, Intuition Brewery Family Game Night, Riverside Arts Market and so much more!
Jacksonville is a great place to raise a family. And when you need to have fun with the kids, there’s ALWAYS something in DTJax.

 

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It’s going to sound cliche, but working and spending time in DTJax has brought so many incredible people into my life – people who are passionate about making a difference in the City, people who have become the best of friends, people who just brighten my day each time I see them – I even met my husband here in Downtown. Of all the things I love about DTJax and all the things I’m thankful for my DTJax community is number one, no contest.

 

Elizabeth Odom, Communications & Research Manager:
I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Downtown Vision team, to work among a group of passionate people, and for all of the great people I have met so far Downtown. I’m thankful for our hardworking Ambassadors and all of the work they did in the aftermath of Irma to get Downtown back in tip-top shape. I’m thankful for all of the people who support Downtown Jacksonville and it’s development – it’s an exciting time to be Downtown and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

 

Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, Events Manager:
Definitely the Ambassadors, great food options, coworkers and everyone who attends and supports First Wednesday Art Walk every month!

 

Ari Sinudom, Marketing & Events Assistant:
I am incredibly grateful to become part of such an inspiring, hardworking and passionate team at DVI, both as an intern and a marketing assistant. These men and women are best role models, mentors and co-workers I could hope for. Outside of DVI, I’m thankful for the ability to work in Downtown and make a difference in the community, as well as all the sports teams, restaurants, art galleries and other small businesses who make DTJax well… DTJax. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.

 

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Prepare your dirndls, lederhosen and beer steins, the 5th Annual Oktoberfest @ Art Walk is just around the corner! Here is your guide to all of the artists, vendors, activities, specials and freebies at Oktoberfest:

The biggest Art Walk of the year, Oktoberfest @ Art Walk returns with fan-favorites, polka band Dan Witucki and Mein Heimatland Musikanten and German folk dance performances by Dansational. Enjoy a traditional tapping of the keg featuring Bold City Brewery’s German Chocolate Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale at 6 p.m. and Oktoberfest-themed contests throughout the night. All this and more hosted by TANK from X102.9 in Hemming Park.

shop1Hemming Park • Check out local artists: ABDUL, Artzy Fartzy Petz, Automotive Fine Art, Aviation Art Store, BijuBee Jewelry, Copper Head, Cross Workshops, LLC, Imaginarium Gifts, James A. Lacey, Kai Indie Jewelry, LJ Designs, Lemoree, mochi + bella, Pandora’s Boxes, Phoenix Art, Teresa Cook Art, Thestraldust Designs, Stenotab Handmade, Steven Teller Arts and Viktor Lazarev; and vendors: The Hyppo, 904 Happy Hour, European Street Café, Mensa of Jacksonville, Operation New Hope, Bad To The Bone Pet Care, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, American Pharmacists Association at University of Florida, The Florida Theatre, Generation and Leaf Filter. Plus, enjoy art by live mural artist Cody Edwards.

Kinder Zone on Laura Street • Features interactive mural art by Jax Kids Mural Project, a magician from Crossroads Magic, a balloon artist Skip Bressler, My Gym and other fun activities.

rwf_0007_RF8_1099 copyCarnival Zone on Laura Street • Enjoy America’s Got Talent juggler David Ferman, Wiener dog derby races and life-sized games including: Connect Four, Jenga and corn hole.
German & Craft Beer Tents • Five Art Walk beer tents will be located in Hemming Park, along Laura Street and in Regions Bank Food Truck Village, and will serve up: Bold City Brewery – Dukes Brown Ale, Killer Whale, Mad Manatee, 1901 Red Ale, Intuition Ale Works – 1-10 IPA and Easy on the Eyes, Wicked Barley, Mackenzie’s Pumpkin Cider, Spaten Oktoberfest, Tücher Weiss, Full Sail Oktoberfest. Beginning Thursday, September 21, the public is welcome to pre-purchase a block of drink tickets, redeemable at the official Art Walk beer tents. Drink tickets are $5 and good for either beer or wine at Oktoberfest. Purchase four tickets and get a fifth ticket free. Visit iloveartwalk.com for more details and to purchase drink tickets.

 

ART & CULTURE HIGHLIGHTS:

Corner of Laura Street & Independent Drive • Join the American Planning Association and Downtown Vision for the reveal of the official “Great Street in America” marker celebrating Laura Street. A brief presentation will be lead by Downtown Vision CEO Jake Gordon at 6:30 p.m. Meet folks who were instrumental in the redesign and construction of Laura Street.

frontporchThe Jacksonville Landing • Hang out at #FrontPorchJax at The Jacksonville Landing and enjoy live music by a traditional Oktoberfest band and One Step Above The Law Brass Band, cold beer and free souvenir beer steins, plus fun competitions and amazing local vendors and food for the entire family to enjoy.

The 5 & Dime, A Theatre Co. • Artists Crystal Floyd and Eric Gillyard are on display and Eva Dead and her zombie friends will be creeping around sharing information on EVIL DEAD: the musical opening Friday, Oct. 13.

The Florida Theatre • Indulge in a free, behind-the-scenes tour at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and an “up close and personal” look at the prized auditorium chandeliers during #ArtWalkJax!

MOCA Jacksonville • Browse current exhibits and enjoy free admission. From 5-8 p.m., get creative during Art Fusion with inspiration from current gallery exhibits. Be sure to grab a bite at NOLA MOCA, located inside.

Main Library • Visit the Jax Makerspace’s exhibit, “Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence”, enjoy an exciting performance by the Argentinian Tango Dance Troupe from 7-8 p.m., and experience the amazing live drawing performance by Marisa Yow.

Southlight Gallery • Features guest speaker Kevin Arthur from 4-8 p.m.

 

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS:

Chamblin’s Uptown & Café • Come chat with Adelaide Thorne for her second book signing from 5-8 p.m.

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Coniferous Café • Experience the official launch of Nickname Zine, a zine project by Hurley Winkler and Aysha Miskin. Performances by LANNDS and Cheech Forreign. Plus view original art by Aysha Miskin, which will be featured throughout the month of October.

Regions Bank • Enjoy artwork and hear about how the organization I Still Matter uses the power of art to help provide mental health solutions. Visit Hope at Hand, Where is the Sunshine, OCD Jacksonville, All I Know, Inc., Healing Women Healing Nations Northeast Florida, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mind Over Music Movement, Inc. to learn more about Mental Health Awareness week.

Visit Jacksonville • Photographer Mark Krancer will be available at Visit Jacksonville with the iconic shot of the Life Statue during Hurricane Irma, “Life in the River.” A large portion of proceeds will be donated to Memorial Park Association to help with repairs.

 

CULINARY HIGHLIGHTS:

Regions Bank Food Truck Village • Devour delectable food from Delish Kebabs, Twisted Okie, Son of a Butcher, Mother Truckin Pizza, Fusion and Zoe’s Italian Ice. Also, enjoy live music by Melodist Brynn and Darren Ronan beginning at 5 p.m.

The Court Urban Food Park • The Court will be transform an entire city block into a Blocktoberfest street party featuring food trucks, cold beer, games and even a climbing wall from 5-8 p.m. on Hogan Street and Sister Cities Street.

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails • Enjoy an extended food-and-drink happy hour and a half-off kids menu until 7 p.m. Grab a glass of the special Art Walk Punch for $5.

Element Bistro & Bar • The ultimate Vegas experience is coming to perform for one night only in Jacksonville on Oct. 4, so plan to be part of the biggest ladies night ever at the 2017 Magic Mike Tour from 8-11:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the doors. Must be 21+ to attend.

Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub • Wear a kilt and get a free beer! Kilt Night and Whiskey Wednesday features whiskey flights and a Prime Rib dinner special. Plus, enjoy live Irish music with Spade McQuade from 6-9 p.m.

River City Brewing Company • Take advantage of $20 all you can drink wine and appetizers from 5-8 p.m. Park at RCBC and ride the Skyway from the San Marco station to Hemming Park for free!

Zodiac Bar & Grill • Enjoy belly-dancing performances while you savor food and drink specials throughout the evening.

 

AFTER DARK HIGHLIGHTS:

Screen Shot 2017-09-26 at 3.41.21 PM1904 Music Hall • The Main Squeeze returns with Duval’s own Top Shelf People opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the doors. All ages are welcome!

Dos Gatos • Sip on cocktails and listen to live music at Downtown’s original lounge (no cover).

Hourglass Pub • Wear your traditional Oktoberfest garb and drink the best beer made from the standards of the German Beer Law. Enjoy live music by Man Darino, Lurk City and friends, karaoke with DJ Howl, contests, prizes and German food.

Myth Nightclub • Myth Nightclub presents XXCess Wednesdays featuring free entry until midnight; free wine tasting and $2 drink specials. Experience the region’s best artists, dancers, performers and DJs.

The Volstead • Catch live music by The Rub from 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.

BY THE NUMBERS:
10+ Museums & Galleries
19+ Live Music & Performance Venues
21+ Hot Spots Open After 9 p.m.
58+ Total Stops

PARKING: Free street parking after 6 p.m. The Downtown Garage at Adams and Clay streets offers free, covered parking Art Walk night, courtesy of Elite Parking Services. (Enter on Clay Street.) Or park and ride the Skyway, running until 10:30 p.m. Art Walk night.

MORE INFORMATION: Full First Wednesday Art Walk information is available at iloveartwalk.com. Full Art Walk After Dark information is available at theelbowjax.com. Art Walk is produced by Downtown Vision, Inc. with sponsorships from: PRI Productions, Downtown Investment Authority, Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery, Make Believe Costumes & Dancewear, 904 Happy Hour, The Hyppo, Regions Bank, Chamblin’s Uptown, X 102.9, Hot 99.5 and Easy 106.1. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, email hana@dtjax.org.

About Downtown Vision
Downtown Vision is a not-for-profit organization revitalizing Downtown through clean and safe initiatives, experience creation, marketing and information management. Created by commercial property owners through a self-assessment and governed by a board representing Downtown property owners, DVI administers a 90-block Business Improvement District. For more information, visit downtownjacksonville.com.

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Downtown Jacksonville and surrounding neighborhoods saw historic flooding on Monday due, in large part, to Hurricane Irma.

Screen Shot 2017-09-13 at 4.08.29 PMDTJax Ambassadors were back in Downtown Tuesday morning to assist in cleanup efforts. We would like to give a big shout out to J.L. Trents,  Pita PitBig Pete’s, and Brick Coffee House providing meals to our ambassadors! We are so grateful to work with such awesome businesses Downtown. See more on the cleanup efforts here.

As Jacksonville recovers from the hurricane, many people have asked how they can help. We’ve compiled information below on where to give, cleanup initiatives, discounts for first responders, resident and business resources and more.

 

First Coast Relief Fund

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Created in 2016 to aid with Hurricane Matthew relief and to establish a permanent disaster relief fund, the fund was created by and is administered by the United Way of Northeast Florida, United Way of St. Johns County, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville.
100 percent of all gifts received go to local relief efforts. Any unspent funds will remain in the fund to maintain a permanent disaster relief fund for Northeast Florida.
Donate here.

 

Urban Core Cleanups

Click for more information about each cleanup in Downtown and our surrounding neighborhoods.

 

Benefits & deals for first responders

  • The Jacksonville Symphony opens its 2017-2018 season this Saturday, September 16. In response to Hurricane Irma, the Symphony is pricing all remaining tickets at $50. In addition, the Symphony is designating 100 complimentary tickets to victims of Irma and our community’s first responders. These tickets may be obtained by contacting the Ticket Office at 904.354.5547. All profits from the concert will benefit the Community Foundation’s First Coast Relief Fund.
  • The Jacksonville Jaguars are donating tickets to Sunday’s game to First Coast residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Residents are invited to apply for donated tickets below and will be randomly selected and notified accordingly. This offer expires on Thursday, September 14 at 5 p.m. EST. Register here.
  • Spliff’s Gastropub is offering 15% off for first responders through Friday, 9/15.
  • Hourglass Pub gives $1 off drinks to first responders every day.
  • Bold City Brewery is offering 20% off drinks for first responders through the end of September.
  • Anytime Fitness is open for free showers to non-members, victims and first responders starting today until 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9-5:30 p.m., and on Friday 9-2 p.m.
  • Chamblin’s Uptown gives free coffee to first responders every day.

 

Resident Relief

Disaster Relief & AssistanceFREE guides and checklists to help disaster survivors navigate the complex recovery process, avoid costly mistakes and make smart decisions that will lead to a faster recovery. Learn more here.

 

Business Relief

Thanks to our friends at JAX Chamber for the following information:

 

  • Florida has Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for interest-free loans of up to $25,000. Learn more about the program here.
  • The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center has links to complete damage assessments and apply for emergency loans. Read more and apply here.
  • Businesses in Clay and Duval counties are eligible for Small Business Administration Disaster Loans. Click this link for more details.

 

Coworking

The following businesses are open to anyone without power in need of a place to work:

Voting for Bold City Best 2017 is open! Support Downtown and vote for your favorite #DTJax businesses. Here’s a helpful list of Downtown businesses that fall into each category.

Begin here. Happy voting!

Best outdoor dining:

River City Brewing Company
Basil Thai & Sushi
Bellwether
bb’s
Benny’s Steak & Seafood
Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
BurgerFi
Burrito Gallery Brooklyn
Burrito Gallery Downtown
Chart House
Cinco de Mayo
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
Hemming Park Cafe
HOBNOB
Hooters
Lanna Thai Sushi

Best Concert/Event of 2016/2017:

First Wednesday Art Walk
Jacksonville Jazz Fest

Best Kids Entertainment:

Museum of Science & History
Jax Makerspace
Jacksonville Childrens Chorus

Best Summer Camp:

MOCA Summer Art Camp
Museum of Science and History – Summer Discovery Camp
Peterbrooke Chocolatier Day Camp
The Florida Ballet Summer Programs
The 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp

Best Trivia Night:

Burrito Gallery Downtown
Burrito Gallery Brooklyn
GLHF Game Bar
Hourglass Pub

Best Fitness Center/Gym:

First Coast YMCA
Anytime Fitness – Downtown Jacksonville
New Jax Gym
Winston YMCA

Best Live Theatre:

5 & Dime
The Florida Theatre
FSCJ Artist Series
Cathedral Arts Project
Ritz Theatre and LaVilla Museum

Best Live Music Venue:

The Florida Theatre
1904 Music Hall
The Jacksonville Landing
Daily’s Place
Veteran’s Memorial Arena
Maverick’s at the Landing

Best Farmer’s Market:

Riverside Arts Market

Best Liquor Store:

Happy Landing

Best Unique Shop:

Wolf & Cub
Chamblin’s Uptown
AlyCat Gifts
BARK Downtown
Pink Nickel Boutique
Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Tower Gifts
Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Art Center Cooperative (Jacksonville Landing)
Chamblin’s Uptown
Gift Emporia – Omni
Reddi-Arts
Sweet Pete’s Candy

Best Boutique:

Wolf & Cub
The Pink Nickel – Brooklyn
A.J. Reese Clothiers

Best Vintage Shop:

Wolf & Cub

Best Nail Salon:

NAIWBE
Marilyn Monroe Spa – Brooklyn

Best Hair Salon:

Daniel James Salon
Drybar – Brooklyn
A Cut Above Salon
GTB Salon

Best Local Celebrity:

Jake Gordon

Best Place to Work – Small:

Downtown Vision, Inc.

Best Art Gallery:

MOCA
Southlight Gallery
Space Gallery
The Art Center
Jax Makerspace
Art Center Cooperative (Jacksonville Landing)
Daryl J Bunn Studios
Gallery 1037 at at Reddi Arts
Studio Zsa Zsa Lapree

Best Dental Office:

Downtown Dental Associates
Great Expressions Dental Center

Best Eye Care Practice:

Jax Vision Care

Best Jewelry Store:

Jacobs Jewelers
Barnett Jewelers
Hana & Her Sister Jewelers
Harby Jewelers
Hemming Plaza Jewelers
Fox Jewelry & Loan

Best Gift Shop:

Lucy’s Gift Boutique
Aly Cat Gifts
Tower Gifts
MOSH Gift Shop
Museum Shop @ MOCA

Best Hotel:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Jacksonville Riverfront
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk
Omni Jacksonville Hotel

Best Special Occasion Restaurant:

Charthouse
Morton’s Steakhouse
Ruth’s Chris
Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails
HOBNOB
Indochine
NOLA MOCA
River City Brewing Company
Wine Cellar

Best Bar/Pub:

Hourglass Pub
Dos Gatos
The Volstead
Incahoots
Element Bistro & Bar
Fionn MacCool’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
Jaxx Sports Bar
LIVE Bar
Zodiac Bar & Grill
JBar in Omni Hotel
Myth Nightclub
Bay Street Bar & Grill
De Real Ting Cafe
Bay Street Bar & Grill
Burrito Gallery Downtown

Best Sports Bar:

Jaxx Sports Bar
Hooters at The Landing
Jacksonville Sports Tavern
Bay Street Bar & Grill

Best Local Brewery:

Bold City
Intuition

Best Burrito:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo

Best Taco:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo

Best Coffee Shop:

The Brick Coffee House
Urban Grind Coffee House
Public House Coffee
Coniferous Cafe
Chamblins Uptown

Best Barbecue:

The Bank BBQ
Jenkins Quality BBQ

Best Sushi:

Kazu Sushi Burrito
Indochine
Saki House
Basil Thai Restaurant
Lanna Thai Sushi Jax

Best Thai:

Indochine
Saki House
Basil Thai Restaurant
Lanna Thai Sushi Jax

Best Mexican Restaurant:

Burrito Gallery – Downtown
Burrito Gallery – Brooklyn
Burritos Puebla
Cinco De Mayo

Summer camps are a dime a dozen but there are none quite like the 5 & Dime Theatre Summer Camp in #DTJax. Hosted by the theatre company that recently put down roots in Downtown, it is a true hands on and well-rounded learning experience in all things theatre. The camp spans from age 5 all the way through tenth grade, each week dedicated to a specific age group so that content can be altered appropriately. Youngsters play theatre-related games and learn the basics while the older crowd works on honing their craft and building on what they already know. The third round (July 24 – July 28) is designated specifically to musical theatre, giving campers the opportunity to expand their love for musical theatre through musical song and dance numbers and solo work. Every age group puts on a performance on their final day to show off what they’ve learned.

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 10.03.34 AMI had the opportunity to pay the 5-10 year old group a visit this week and while the games were wildly fun and thoroughly educational, the most impressive thing that I encountered were the instructors. There were 5 instructors for the class of 16 children which is a pretty incredible and rare ratio when it comes to summer camps. This made for a much more organized environment conducive to learning; the campers all receiving individual attention and instruction. And though the instructors have the patience of experienced elementary school teachers, they are all theatre students at well-respected universities – they’re the real deal.

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 9.53.39 AMThough I was only there for a short time, the thing that I liked most about what I observed was that the instructors encouraged the campers to be brave and “perform” alone in front of the crowd, to cheer each other on, to respect each other and to be polite while others are on stage. The instructors also stressed theatre etiquette. Multiple times, they asked the campers, “What do we do when someone comes off stage, regardless of their performance?” and everyone yelled, “We clap!” and started clapping.

 

I got to ask the campers and instructors a few questions, here’s what they had to say:

 

Campers:

Q: What has been your favorite part of summer camp so far?

A: Playing games

A: Making sock puppets and masks

A: Arts and crafts

 

Q: What is the coolest thing you’ve learned so far at summer camp?

A: Learning about theatre

A: Theatre etiquitte

A: The history of theatre

 

Q: Do you guys want to do summer camp again next year?

A: A loud, roaring “YES!”

 

Instructors:

Q: How long have you guys been acting?

MacKenzy: I have been acting since 4th grade, Alec has been acting since 6th grade and Avery and Nathaniel started in high school.

Emily: I’ve been acting since about 5th grade.

 

Q: What made you guys want to teach summer camp here at 5 & Dime rather than somewhere else?

MacKenzy: I think because we have learned so much from the Jacksonville community and this is our time to give back.

 

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching summer camp?

MacKenzy: I just love seeing how excited they get to come back. When they leave with their parents, they’re like, “No we don’t wanna leave!” and that right there just makes everything doable and worth it.

Emily: Yeah, seeing how excited they get is definitely the best part.

 

Q: Name one thing that you like about Downtown:

MacKenzy: Everything is local and the arts and theatre seem to be appreciated here. That’s one of the best parts about being at the 5 & Dime is that it’s Downtown.

Emily: You don’t find a lot of chains here. Everything here is very much like locals just found a nook and started a business and you find that on every corner.

 

Q: If you could change anything about Downtown, what would it be?

MacKenzy: I wish it was a little cleaner.

Emily: Get rid of the one-way streets.

 

Find out more and sign up here!

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#DTJax is home to some of the craftiest cocktails, best drink specials and most creative brews, making summer drinking pretty easy no matter what you’re into! For your summer drinking needs, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most refreshing and unique drinks you can find Downtown. Cheers!

Looking for a list of ALL of the bars in Downtown? Check out our directory!

Red Dawn

 

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It’s no coincidence that we start out this list with a drink from Dos Gatos – it’s easily one of the BEST bars for amazing craft cocktails Downtown. This is their creation, the Red Dawn. It’s a modern spin on the Moscow mule and is created with fresh seasonal berries, Russian Standard vodka, ginger liqueur and ginger beer.

 

Ms. Mac’s Peach Tea

 

17882815_1854826761438926_3926296318447714304_nWe’re in the South – there’s no way we couldn’t include this peach tea concoction! The craft cocktail masters at The Volstead knew what they were doing when they created this masterpiece: Medley Bros Bourbon, Cynar, Sweet Tea, Peach, Mint, and Lemon.

 

Strawberry Basil Wheat-Rita

 

13266774_958270920937162_1309217813_nThe name says it all! Think margarita… but more refreshing with a strawberry basil kick. Beautiful day for a rooftop bar? Hop over to Burrito Gallery Brooklyn and enjoy this summer-in-a-cup wheat-rita. Too hot to be outside? Check out the Burrito Gallery Downtown location and bar-hop around the Elbow while you’re at it.

 

$15 All you can drink wine

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 9.54.23 AMThe only thing better than wine is… all you can drink wine! River City Brewing Company hosts Wine Wednesday every week featuring live music, the best waterfront views in town and of course, $15 all you can drink wine.

 

Manifest Gin & Tonic

 

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A gin & tonic is easily one of the most refreshing drinks to ever exist. The only thing that could make it even better? Fresh, locally distilled gin from Manifest Distilling. Check out this post to see what tonics they recommend to specifically pair with their gin!

 

Pomegranate Fizz

 

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Being at an art museum, NOLA MOCA is bound to have some of the most creative concoctions. Stop by and treat yourself to this fun, fizzy masterpiece. Pro tip: come out for First Wednesday Art Walk – admission to MOCA is free!

 

El Guapo

 

18880073_10154659965161453_5428226906574107824_oIt’s summer time and the drinkin’s easy. This Mexican style lager by Intuition Ale Works is a refreshing, goes-down-easy, delicious summer beer. The best way to enjoy it (or any Intuition beer) is at their rooftop bar.

 

Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale

 

unnamedWe’ve been waiting all year for the release of Bold City’s Big John’s Apricot Wheat Ale. It’s a summer must-try because it’s only available in the summer! Not to mention it’s pretty much summer in a glass. Stop by the new Downtown location and have a pint (or a few).

 

Popsicle Mimosa

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 12.10.43 PMIf Willy Wonka owned a bar, it would be Candy Apple Cafe & Cocktails and his drink of choice would definitely be the Popsicle Mimosa. This Instagram-worthy drink is everything you love about a mimosa combined with the only thing that could make a mimosa better… a popsicle. It doesn’t get more summer than a popsicle, bubbly and juice.

For more than 15 years, Downtown Vision has had the privilege of serving #DTJax by creating and supporting a vibrant Downtown Jacksonville and by promoting Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. DVI is closely aligned with the City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority in a public-private partnership and we focus on four strategic pillars:

  • Clean and Safe/Ambassador Services: In the last fiscal year, our Downtown Clean & Safe Ambassadors logged 22,000 hours to make #DTJax clean and Downtown a better place.
  • Marketing: The #DTJax hashtag reach exceeded 24 million people reinforcing Downtown as the City’s unique epicenter for business, history, culture and entertainment.
  • Information Management: We crunched the numbers to provide statistics and trends on Downtown development, employment, residential, retail, parking and more.
  • Experience Creation: Our produced events drew more than 200,000 people to #DTJax creating lively streets and supporting our small businesses.

Check out our latest Annual Report, which highlights accomplishments, special projects and financial information for fiscal year 2015-2016. Click here to download the PDF.

 

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