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Looking for a place to enjoy dinner before a show or just for a night out? The dinner scene in Downtown is larger than you might think. Here’s a list of 30+ great places to have dinner in #DTJax!

 

FOR A CASUAL NIGHT ON THE TOWN

Azucena Corner Deli | 100 E Forsyth St. | (904) 626-7600AR-801237910

Azucena Corner Deli is located in the heart of Downtown and offers the very first 10-tap PourMyBeer system in North Florida! They also offer wraps and meals freshly cooked with ingredients from local farmers and a broad selection of wine served in an authentic environment built by local carpenters and former felons getting back on their feet.

salmon_smBasil Thai Restaurant | 1004 Hendricks Ave | (904) 674-0190

Basil Thai & Sushi is a cornerstone in the Jacksonville community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff. This restaurant is known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes and its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients. It is a go-to for classic and creative Thai cuisine in warm surroundings or for takeout.

Bay Street Bar & Grill | 119 E. Bay St. | (904) 419-3550 bay-street-bar-and-grill

Located in Downtown’s entertainment district, Bay Street Bar & Grill is where you can grab a slice of pizza or enjoy a more extensive menu that includes traditional pub fare, plus some choices leaning more toward fine dining!

Specializing in: 100% black angus burgers, served with fresh spring greens, sliced onion, fresh tomato and their signature spicy aioli; fresh jumbo wings tossed in signature sauces; and fully dressed hot and cold sandwiches. Vegetarians will also find some creative options on the menu. Plus, Bay Street Bar & Grill offers beers in bottles, cans and on tap, including a number of local craft brews, along with wine and a full bar!

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Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in Northeast Florida, bb’s restaurant never ceases to please and surprise the palate of diners, locals and visitors alike! Located in the Southbank area, this buzzing bistro serves innovative New American dishes and sweets from a dessert case amid chic digs. Did we mention their dessert is a must?

Bellwether | 100 N. Laura St. | (904) 802-7745ls

Follow the pioneers behind Orsay, Black Sheep and BLK SHP at Intuition back Downtown at their latest restaurant, Bellwether! This fast-casual yet sophisticated restaurant offers an eclectic mix of regional fare, with a focus on thoughtfully crafted, locally sourced ingredients served along side gracious, southern hospitality. Featuring outdoor dining, a full bar and private dining options, Bellwether aims to lead the way in Downtown dining.

benny-s-steak-seafoodBenny’s Steak & Seafood | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 175 | (904) 301-1014

Located on the St. Johns River in the Jacksonville Landing courtyard, Benny’s offers a variety of fresh seafood and certified Angus beef steaks. Feast on specialties such as fresh crab cakes, Filet Christian, Benny’s Seafood Pot and the 22-oz. Cowboy Steak. Come dine indoors or enjoy the beautiful patio overlooking the St. Johns River. This restaurant also features a full bar, and is kid friendly.

BLK SHP at Intuition | 929 E. Bay St. | (904) 683-772029066321_1983660011963523_5201394193628397568_n

Local brews and great food go hand-in-hand. That’s why the folks at Black Sheep Restaurant brought their A-game to Intuition’s taproom menu! Visit the BLK SHP @ Intuition counter to enjoy made-to-order classics like the Brisket Sandwich and Shrimp Po’boy.

28166487_2106936609528376_4200744028725842861_nBreezy Jazz Club | 119 W. Adams St. | (904) 666-7562

Breezy Jazz Club is the premiere jazz club in Downtown! They feature live jazz musicians, great wine and a great dining experience. Enjoy a relaxing environment where you and your friends can come to hear great jazz and quality entertainment. Indulge in hand-made cuisine and drink the best wine and spirits in town! Side note: they also do Sunday brunch (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)!

Burrito Gallery Downtown | 21 E. Adams St. | (904) 598-2922biz_FBBizLunch112906

Founded in early 2005, Burrito Gallery has been voted “Best Burrito” in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax every year the category has existed. They offer fresh, hand-made, all-natural tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and salads. Their Brooklyn location also features a rooftop garden bar with Downtown skyline views and occasional live entertainment. In the Downtown location, local art is on display and live music or DJs are featured on the back deck during Art Walk. You can also enjoy a full liquor, beer and wine bar.

Candy-Apple-Cafe-Interior-with-People-50_54_990x660Candy Apple Café & Cocktails | 400 N. Hogan St. | (904) 353-9717

The Candy Apple Café & Cocktails is a full service restaurant located inside Sweet Pete’s Candy Co. Their menu is chic & whimsical; their scratch kitchen and cocktail program serves daily brunch, lunch and happy hour. Enjoy the day outside on their front porch, or eat inside and enjoy all the unique and colorful décor that resembles the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.

Casa Dora Italian Restaurant | 108 E. Forsyth St. | (904) 356-82822e3b7a69-a9e0-45cf-940c-7ac9153fd8f0

An old favorite of downtowners, this cozy Italian restaurant features daily lunch specials and enticing entrees, like veal, seafood, and pizza. Their homemade salad dressing is a specialty.

cinco-2Cinco De Mayo | 2 Independent Dr. | (904) 329-2892

It’s always a fiesta at Cinco de Mayo! Come relax and enjoy an authentic Mexican meal and margarita along the St. Johns River at the Jacksonville Landing. Enjoy tacos, fajitas and burritos at this fast, casual spot.

Element Bistro & Craft Bar | 335 E. Bay St. | (904) 707-0474c700x420

Enjoy a healthy alternative to creative cuisine in Downtown. Enjoy fresh food prepared daily with a world-class lineup of chefs! You won’t be disappointed indulging in the elements at Element Bistro, Bar and Lounge.

JacksonvilleFionn MacCool’s Irish Pub | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 176 | (904) 374-1547

Drop by the award-winning Irish pub at the Jacksonville Landing for a night of great fun, food and live entertainment! There’s nothing quite like a genuine Irish pub experience. Enjoy food made from scratch with fresh ingredients, live music on Wednesdays and 40 beers on tap!

Gili’s Kitchen | 126 W. Adams St. #102 | (904) 475-140031150378_1760329594013725_3779808371394215936_n

In Jacksonville, there has never been a kosher butcher until now. Gili’s Kitchen offers fresh, premium cuts of meat and an international kosher food, with only fresh and quality ingredients. Gili’s Kitchen is ready to serve you at their new location, and deliver freshly prepared meals directly to your door!

hooters-2Hooters | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 103 | (904) 356-5400

This home of the world famous Hooters girls is where you’ll find great buffalo wings, oysters, burgers, sandwiches and clam chowder at the Jacksonville Landing. Plus, a full bar is served.

Indochine | 21 E. Adams St., Second Floor | (904) 598-5303phad-thai-lunch

Enjoy authentic Southeast Asian and Thai cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere! They’ve been voted Folio Magazine’s “Best Thai Restaurant” for six consecutive years, the Times Union Bold City Best Thai two consecutive years, and “Top 50” for Jacksonville restaurants for two years! Go to Indochine to indulge in the best Thai, Sushi and Pho in Downtown.

72808Juliette’s Bistro + JBar at the Omni Hotel | 245 W. Water St. | (904) 791-4995

Located inside the Omni hotel, this award-winning stylish bistro offers fresh seafood, steaks and salads in a casual upscale atmosphere. Plus, their full service bar carries beers from all over the world! Perfect for a nice, intimate night out.

Kazu Sushi Burrito | 117 W. Adams St. | (904) 438-5020download

Want an even fresher take on sushi? Then Kazu Sushi Burrito is the place you want to be. They balance Hawaiian flavors with Japanese techniques. Using only the freshest ingredients, Kazu creates flavorful poke burritos, bowls and salads. Perfect for the health-conscious crowd on the go looking for good, clean eating with a twist. You can design your own or choose from their signature menu.

river-city-brewing-companyRiver City Brewing Company | 835 Museum Cir. | (904) 398-2299

River City Brewing Company is Jacksonville’s premier riverfront restaurant located on the Southbank of Downtown Jacksonville. The casually elegant 325 seat main dining room overlooks the beautiful St. Johns River and the skyline of Downtown Jacksonville. The menu offers dishes created with global flavor and culinary expertise including fresh seafood, tender steaks creative pasta dishes and chef’s daily creations.

Sake House | 1478 Riverplace Blvd #1 | (904) 306-2188cool-bar-area

Sake house offers a wide array of fine Japanese fusion cuisine, ranging from traditional dishes to new style entrees. Come ignite your taste buds at this fabulous sushi and grill. They offer a full bar with beer, wine, sake and cocktails to enjoy. Sake House is also available for any parties, business meetings, and relaxing or intimate dinners in this upscale restaurant. It is a great place for all occasions!

755fcbf640688ce63823e938d0ca5b28Spliff’s Gastropub | 15 N. Ocean St. | (904) 844-5000

With a commitment to quality, Spliff’s Gastropub serves up bold flavors to the downtown dining landscape. Offering a unique variation on “Gourmet Comfort Food”, the menu aims to have a little something for everyone. The bar features full liquor, a wall of rotating taps with craft and local beers, select wines, as well as daily events to entertain you while you dine. May we recommend their mural-filled back patio? Oh, it also has a bar.

Super Food and Brew | 11 E. Forsyth St. | (904) 723-1180xDUhvECK_400x400

Serving food with passion and purpose, this healthy, artisan gastropub serves delicious food and $4 craft beers all day, everyday. This food truck-turned-restaurant serves lunch and dinner five days a week, with live music on select evenings. They also have excellent catering options, call ahead and delivery.

348sTrellises Restaurant at Hyatt Regency | 225 E. Coastline Dr. | (904) 634-4540

Located in the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, this cafe offers a casual dining atmosphere that features a buffet along with a la carte items. Enjoy your meal while gazing at the spectacular view of the river.

Zodiac Bar & Grill | 120 W. Adams St. | (904) 354-8283Zodiac-Bar-and-Grill-Jacksonville

This stylish hangout features a menu of Mediterranean and American fare. Never experienced Mediterranean food? The friendly staff will help you through the excellent buffet! Or, help yourself to a delicious panini, daily specials and vegetarian dishes. While at this stylish hangout, you can enjoy a full bar, espresso and hookahs.

 

 

FOR A ROMANTIC, CLASSIC EVENING

03Chart House | 1501 Riverplace Blvd | (904) 398-3353

When it comes to Downtown’s waterfront restaurants, it doesn’t get much better than Chart House seafood restaurant. Located right on the Southbank and featuring unique and historic architecture, Chart House Jacksonville overlooks the city’s gorgeous riverfront and skyline. The St. Johns River is the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening or stylish happy hour, all while sampling some of the most creative Prime Rib, steak and seafood Jacksonville has to offer.

Cowford Chophouse | 101 E. Bay St. | (904) 862-6464cowfordchophouse3_1200xx2553-1436-0-136

Experience this icon restored. Cowford Chophouse is a new, two-story restaurant located in Downtown, within walking distance from the Florida Theatre. What was once a bank, this structure has been completely restored and refurbished with high ceilings, arched windows, stylish dining rooms and a rooftop bar and lounge. Their menu blends classic, coastal and Southern culinary styles for a distinctive dining experience!

wellmortMorton’s The Steakhouse | 225 E Coastline Dr. | (904) 354-4350

Morton’s The Steakhouse is an upscale chain conveniently located in Downtown at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Focusing on quality, consistency and genuine hospitality, Morton’s seeks to provide not only memorable cuisine, but also a memorable experience. With fresh, succulent seafood and famed prime-aged steak, it’s no surprise that Morton’s has thrilled diners all over the world.

River Club | 1 Independent Dr. #3500 | (904) 354-1111443567_l

Located at the top of the Wells Fargo Center, this two-story private club is a great place to meet and greet clients and friends, and host special events such as weddings and business dinners. The River Club readily hosts large meetings, intimate gatherings and special events. Their menu is designed for a variety of dining tastes and experiences.

ruth-chrisRuth’s Chris Steak House | 1201 Riverplace Blvd | (904) 396-6200

The riverfront location on the St. Johns River offers the best steakhouse experience in Jacksonville. Ruth’s Chris’ signature sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. Begin your romantic evening at the Southbank River Walk, and then head to the Ruth’s Chris riverfront bar for a signature cocktail, followed by a decadent dinner in the elegant dining room.

 

 

FOR A QUICK BITE – Limited dinner hours may apply.

An Apple a Day | 2 Independent Dr., Suite 121 | (904) 353-2024 apple

They’ve got you covered from morning to night! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming for the fresh-squeezed orange juice, grab-n-go sandwich, or a delicious daiquiri after work! Enjoy healthy fresh garden salads, tuna & chicken salads and homemade soups. Stop by anytime and discover the difference An Apple A Day can make. Located inside the Jacksonville Landing.

BigPetes021_400x400Big Pete’s Pizzeria | 118 N. Julia St. | (904) 356-2680

Big Pete’s Pizza has always given the people of Jacksonville quality food, fast delivery and great customer service, all at an affordable price. Every day, their pizza, pasta, dough and sauces are prepared fresh in their kitchens. Serving robust flavors and hearty portions, they serve the finest hand-tossed pizza around.

Burritos Puebla | 440 W. Adams St. | (904) 442-3963burritos

Located conveniently across from the Courthouse, this Mexican restaurant offers fresh and authentic Mexican food Monday through Friday for the busy workweek or after a long day of jury duty.

chicago-3Chicago Pizza | 2 Independent Dr. | (904) 354-7747

In the mood for deep-dish pizza and Chicago-inspired eats? Look no further than Chicago Pizza at the Jacksonville Landing! Enjoy a casual, upbeat environment with plenty of TVs and occasional live music.

Jenkins Quality Barbecue | 830 N. Pearl St. | (904) 353-6388pearl

Jenkins Quality Barbeque is a family business serving Jacksonville for more than 50 years, so they know what they’re doing.  Serving the freshest, most succulent ribs, chicken and sliced pork and beef, cooked daily on an oak wood-fired pit and topped with their secret savory sauce.  Conveniently located across from FSCJ and one block from the Rosa Parks Transit Station.

616997_WJ7FLT5EFJLqzLP_Iy23UqRxq-JiKKm0_9piiX-qcSQJimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches | 201 N. Laura St. | (904) 400-7171

Looking for a quick, good sandwich or sub? Look no further than Jimmy John’s at the core Downtown location! Enjoy from-scratch food made with excellent ingredients. They serve sandwiches, chips, cookies and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

 

 There are dining options for every taste in #DTJax! Don’t forget, parking is free in Downtown on weekends and any weekday after 6 p.m. For more information on dining or parking, visit our website at www.downtownjacksonville.org

Mother's Day

Show your mom you really love her by celebrating Mother’s Day in Downtown! Here’s a list of places hosting special Mother’s Day events starting this weekend!

 

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Mother’s Day Brunch at Candy Apple Café | May 5

Celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Candy Apple Café and Cocktails! The Joys of a Healing Spirit and Moriah’s Gourmet Popcorn will host a special brunch to honor ALL mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends on Saturday, May 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Special at Beautifully Divine | May 5 -6 and 12-13

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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Beautifully Divine Custom Design Studio at The Landing! Choose from four different dates to spoil your mom! What do you get with your ticket purchase?

  • Entry into a DIY Painting Workshop
  • A custom designed wood sign
  • 2 ½ hour guided instructions
  • Complementary mimosas and wine
  • Complementary hors d’oeurves

 

 

Mother’s Day Bash at Mavericks | May 12

Looking for something a little different to celebrate Mother’s Day? Head to Mavericks Live for a special Mother’s Day Bash on Saturday, May 12 at 10 p.m.. Enjoy music by DJ Pretty Ricky & others. 21+ ladies enter free until 11:30 p.m.

 

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NOLA MOCA’s Mother’s Day Brunch | May 13

Celebrate mom at MOCA Jacksonville this year with a beautiful brunch and stroll through the galleries. NOLA MOCA’s special Mother’s Day Brunch menu features a buffet of fresh salads, pastries, and hot small bites to enjoy as well as a selection of delicious entrees. Price includes complimentary gallery admission.

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch Buffet at RCBC | May 13river-city-brewing-company

Celebrate Mother’s Day with River City Brewing Company! Enjoy a Sunday brunch buffet with a special Mother’s Day twist. There will be limited seating available, reservations are not available to be made online and can only be reserved by calling (904) 398-2299.

 

 

 

28575611_1836118496433424_5689954049728517854_nMother’s Day Brunch at the Lexington Hotel’s Pier 1515 | May 13

Treat mom to a special Mother’s Day brunch at the Lexington Hotel – Jacksonville Riverwalk! Enjoy a hand-crafted menu, bottomless mimosas, completed with a nice stroll along the South Bank Riverwalk. The hotel offers three brunch seatings: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. Make your reservations by calling (904) 396-5100.

 

 

For more great locations to celebrate Mother’s Day in #DTJax, visit our full listing at www.downtownjacksonville.org

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide to the shops, restaurants and venues that you can ONLY find in Downtown Jacksonville.

FORGE 3D Printing Studio

forgeWhen the founders of FORGE first experienced 3D printing on YouTube, they were immediately inspired by the potential of that technology. Having little access to the materials and machines necessary to begin their creations, they traveled 200 miles to Tampa to bring custom manufacturing to Jacksonville. Founded in 2013, FORGE made 3D printing technology accessible in Jacksonville by offering simplified digital manufacturing technologies to inspire innovation locally. This technique is changing the world and is capable of bringing the joy of creation to everyone. FORGE is an attitude sharpened by the challenges and passion that innovation creates.

FORGE does great things in and around the community, such as showcasing their works at events like First Wednesday Art Walk and One Spark, and helping create 3D printed parts for displays in the Florida Museum of Natural History. Here are a few noteworthy things about their work:
 

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For all of your tech needs: FORGE designs modeling for manufacturing, prototyping and creates digital presentation assets for web or video. 3D modeling (the product of design) is the process of developing a representation of any surface of an object in 3D using specialized software. FORGE also specializes in 3D scanning, such as full color 3D printed miniatures of loved ones, pets and special occasions. It brings your images to life! Something you didn’t know you needed, but now you do. You can even book appointments here.

 

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Since the beginning, FORGE has been using 3D printing to provide on demand, custom manufacturing solutions. They’ve had samples created from every current technology and design around those limitations. They create fast prototypes of your innovations and inventions, and can produce trophies that will become sentimental souvenirs.

 

 

Product Design and Creation product development

Have a project that needs more than printing? They design logos, websites and promotional services and can support your product as it enters the market. Plus, FORGE offers branding and development services, too!

Stop by FORGE 3D today and check out their studio and works! #FORGEyourFuture.

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Easter is only a few days away! That means that it’s time to make plans, find a delicious brunch location or festive event for the whole family to enjoy. #DTJax has plenty of family-friendly options to celebrate the holiday and make lasting memories.

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Easter Sunday Brunch at NOLA MOCA | 333 N. Laura St.

From 11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., brunch will include a buffet of fresh salad greens, pastries and an entree from the menu. Cost of tickets also includes admission into MOCA’s art galleries. You can call to make a reservation at 904-224-0113 and purchase your ticket here.

 

 

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Easter Brunch Buffet at River City Brewing | 835 Museum Circle

River City Brewing will be holding their Easter Sunday Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They will be offering a breakfast station, a seafood station, a cold station with fruits and veggies, a carving station, hot entrees and assorted desserts. You can find more information by visiting their website and make reservations by calling 904-398-2299.

 

 
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Easter Bash at Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N Hogan St.

Sweet Pete’s highly anticipated Easter Bash has been extended another day! Easter Bash Day 2 will commence on March 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Activities will include an appearance from the Easter Bunny, story time with Mother Goose, marshmallow decoration, style crafts and taffy pulls. You can purchase tickets here.

 

 

Other Tasty Options

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Bay Street Bar and Grill | 119 E Bay St.
Bay Street Bar and Grill opens at 1:00 p.m. and offers a laid-back atmosphere with traditional pub meal options, plus some choices that lean more toward fine dining for a fantastic dinner.

Breezy Jazz Club | 119 W Adams St.
“Jacksonville’s Coolest Breeze” is open from 12 to 4 p.m. for Sunday brunch, serving up a unique atmosphere full of music and delicious tastes.

Juliette’s Bistro (inside the Omni Hotel) | 245 Water St.
Juliette’s Bistro is open from 11-2 for Sunday brunch! Enjoy a variety of brunch favorites including southern-style plates like chicken and waffles, and bottomless mimosas.

You can also check out our latest blog post that lists many unique chocolatiers around #DTJax that also offer yummy and festive Easter treats!

Chocolate Blog Graphic (fun)Everyone’s favorite sweet treat is chocolate; that’s why we celebrate it for an entire week. In 2018, March 18-24 is American Chocolate Week and what’s a better excuse to cheat on your diet? #DTJax is overflowing with options of decadent chocolate snacks at every turn, from Laura Street to the Jacksonville Landing! We have chain stores and small businesses that have become a staple of #DTJax that offer a unique taste of our beautiful city.


Coastal Cookies 2 Independent Dr., Suite 136 (Inside the Jacksonville Landing)

Founded in 1977, Coastal Cookies offers fresh, handmade cookies with delicious flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal and more that you don’t want to miss out on!

 

 

 

Mocha Misk’i Brownie Shop | 209 N. Laura St.

Described as “Possibly the best brownies in Jacksonville” by Jax Restaurant Reviews, Mocha Misk’i was founded in 2015 by sisters Helga and Pilar on 209 N Laura Street in #DTJax. Their brownies and signature brownie sushi rolls are handmade from scratch, with vegan, gluten-free and nut-free options. You can also order boxes of their deliciously crafted brownies with messages on them for birthdays, holidays and other special events!

 

Peterbrooke Chocolatier | 100 W. Bay St.

You can find one of the largest arrays of chocolate treats around on 100 W Bay Street. Baskets of chocolate covered popcorn, oreos, almonds, blueberries, cherries, pretzels, and graham crackers await you at Peterbrooke! Whether you’re a fan of milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate, you can find it all here.

 

Sweet Pete’s Candy | 400 N. Hogan St.

Sweet Pete’s manufactures handcrafted, quality chocolates and over a thousand different candies at 400 N Hogan Street since 2010. You can host birthday parties, attend interactive activities like Sweet Pete’s Science Class and candy-making classes. Create a box of signature chocolates and candies to give as a gift (or keep for yourself), as well as gift baskets and more!

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth and discover new places in #DTJax during American Chocolate week. Check out our full directory here for tasty restaurants, lively bars and unique cafes.

Another year has come and gone and as we leave 2017 behind, it is exciting to welcome in a new year of growth and development – not only for Downtown, but for ourselves as well! Some of the biggest resolutions made each year are to become healthier, more active and to get in shape. If you’re like the majority of us and share this goal for 2018, there’s good news: just within Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods, there are so many resources to help keep you on track. Here are a few places to consider visiting, joining or contacting in #DTJax to help you get started and stay on track in 2018.

 

Anytime Fitness

100 N. Laura St. (2nd floor) | 904.723.1766

anytimeGet to a healthier place at Anytime Fitness! The friendly, professional staff is trained to help you along your fitness journey, no matter how much support you need. Membership includes a free, no-pressure fitness consultation, global access to more than 3,000 gyms, and always open 24/7 convenience. All in a welcoming club and supportive member community. Visit during staffed hours or call for an appointment today

What we love most: The class schedule! Nothing pushes you harder than group exercise and Anytime Fitness has a class for just about anything that you want to work out. Whether you just have 15 minutes to spare for an ab class or want to take up kickboxing, Anytime Fitness has a class that fits your needs. Stay up to date with class schedules and specials on their Facebook page.

Current special: Until, 2pm this Friday (January 12), new members can enroll for just $1 and absolutely no hidden fees.

 

First Coast YMCA

Bank of America YMCA: 50 N. Laura St. (Bank of America Tower) | 904.356.9622 | Winston Family YMCA:  221 Riverside Ave | 904.265.1775

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First Coast YMCA stands for much more than just being in shape. The YMCA is an integral part of our local community and advocates for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Working out at “the Y” helps much more than just yourself, when you pay for a membership or services, you are supporting the youth and the future of our community. However, when it comes to fitness, both locations in Downtown have top of the line equipment, personnel and resources. Both locations also offer a wide variety of group fitness classes that are no extra cost. Check out the class schedules here.

 

What we love most: The focus on healthy living as a whole! The Winston Family YMCA offers more than just fitness classes. There is also a variety of cooking classes, support groups and family programs. Their class and program offerings are always changing, check out what they have coming up here.

 

Current special: First Coast YMCA almost always has a new-member special or a referral special going on. It changes often and they will sometimes hold one-day sales. Your best bet is to give them a call and find out what great deals they have at the moment.

 

New Jax Gym

2 Independent Dr, Suite 200 | 904.707.8276

newNew Jax Gym is a locally-owned gym in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville – located at the Landing. They offer just about everything that you can find at the larger gyms in town but the pricing structure is more flexible and competitive. Here you can find the best in free weight equipment, personal training and FitCamp, yoga and Body Blast classes. The best part? An inspiring view of the St. Johns River – no matter where in the gym you are.

What we love most: Other than the view… the pricing! New Jax Gym is extremely affordable and offers options like one-day passes and other buildable packages customized to exactly what you want and nothing more. Check out the price list here. Also, their Facebook page is always full of fresh content with helpful tips for healthy living, like their page to get updates.

Current special: There aren’t any specials currently listed but feel free to give them a call or pop in to see if there are any upcoming deals.

 

Dance Trance

100 N Laura Street | 904.390.0939

danceEasily the most fun way to work out in #DTJax, Dance Trance is more than just a dance fitness program. It’s a way of life centered around music and dance that helps you stay physically fit. You can tone and shape, build your cardiovascular endurance, and loose weight all while picking up “off the chain” dance moves! Though we are devastated for the loss of their San Marco studio to the hurricane, we are thrilled to now have them in the heart of Downtown in the beautiful newly renovated 100 N Laura building. If the simple dumbbell and treadmill workout bores you, Dance Trance is a great, unique and exciting way to keep your 2018 resolution alive and well.

 

What we love most: The culture! This is more than your average workout group… “Dance Trancers” are passionate and excited to work out, which is hard to come by. Not to mention, there are all types of class-goers – old, young, male, female, tenured and brand new – the classes are diverse, speaking to just how universal the workout actually is.

 

Current special: 30 days for $30 trial pass. New local residents that have never been in a Dance Trance class before can now get a 30 Trial pass for $30! 

 

Run, run, run!

#DTJax is constantly hosting races that benefit different organizations. Here are a few that are coming up:

 

January 13, 2018 | The Jacksonville Landing
The 4th Annual Best Damn Race Jacksonville features a Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K on January 13, 2018. Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.

 

January 20, 2018 | Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn/Riverside | $20 – $40
Reach out and feed someone! The Color Me Fed Run/Walk will start/finish at Burrito Gallery-Brooklyn running down Riverside Ave. to Water Street headed to toward the TImes-Union Performing Arts Center. As runners pass the CSX building they will turn (RT) on S. Pearl Street for 2 blocks to the Northbank of the Riverwalk where they will head South along the riverbank passing the YMCA turning (RT) on Forest St. for one block. They will then take a (LT) on Riverside Ave for 1 quick block turning (RT) on Edison Ave. to Park St. where they will go (RT) proceeding toward the Prime Osborn Convention Center. At which time runners will take a (RT) on Waters St. toward Riverside Ave taking a (RT) and head back to Burrito Gallery for a Color Bomb AFTER PARTY till 12 noon.

 

February 10, 2018 | Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center | $15 – $30
5K participants earn the signature Running Ribbon medal and experience the best Downtown Jacksonville has to offer! The 5K will be a timed event. The Family Fun Run will be a FREE family friendly up to 1 mile run or walk. The course starts and finishes at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, home of the DONNA Expo.

 

March 3, 2018 | Cowford Chophouse | $25-$45
This family friendly event will consist of a one-mile fun run to begin at 9:30 a.m. and a 5K, which will start at 10 a.m. There will be a post-race block party on Bay and Ocean Streets, which will include music, beer, and food. Additionally, they will be honoring our generous sponsors with a VIP rooftop brunch reception. Medals will be given to all finishers and an award ceremony will follow the race completion. Each participant will receive a race bag with specialty items from sponsors.

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By Ania Cajuste, DVI Intern

With major development projects on the horizon and more people coming to live and work in Downtown Jacksonville, it has become a great place for entrepreneurs and small businesses to put down roots. There are so many businesses that are unique to DTJax, some that you may have heard of as well as a few hidden gems. “Found in DTJax” is your guide the shops, restaurants and venues that you can find ONLY in Downtown Jacksonville.

November edition: Manifest Distilling

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Founded in 2016, Manifest Distilling is located in Downtown Jacksonville’s Sports District, home of the Everbank Field and other sports venues.

Manifest prides itself in utilizing American-made distillation equipment, as well as using grains sourced from a network of co-ops throughout North America. The distillation process for their spirits is greatly influenced by the Siebel Institute, a brew school that is famous for its techniques.

 

A few noteworthy aspects of the distillery include:

 

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The Standard- A guided tour that gives an overview of the production area, with the chance to view and learn about spirits. Tours end in the tasting room, with free samples of spirits and cocktails.

Distiller’s Tour- A more detailed tour of the production process that provides a look into the science of distillation and what goes into making the spirits you love to drink. This tour ends with tasting as well, but with sensory perception, nosing and blind tasting.

Private Tastings- Private guided tastings are available for groups of 10+.

 

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The distillery’s 9,000 square foot space boasts a modern, upscale design and consists of three versatile spaces: the bar, the tasting room and the distillery. Each space connects with rolling glass doors allowing for a range of private or semi-private events.  The bar can host 60 people, the tasting room can host 30 people and the distillery can host 167 people. The selection of spaces allows them to host a variety of different events, such as weddings, birthday parties and business functions.

 

 

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Currently, Manifest offers five different spirits: Potato Vodka, Gin, Rye, Barreled Gin and Florida Citrus Vodka, with several of them earning awards from events such as the New York World Wine & Spirits Competition.

Manifest spirits can be purchased in their tasting room, ordered online through EZRA’S shipping to 36 states in the U.S. or found in select stores all over Jacksonville.