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Jacksonville’s Most Instagram-Worthy Cocktails and Where to Find Them

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The art of a perfectly served cocktail goes beyond Instagram, however, there is no better way to market your drink than flooding social streams with slightly dewy, utterly delectable looking libations sent straight from heaven.

The most picture-perfect drinks are out there, just waiting to be snapped, tagged and sipped. 

Mixologists agree, the perfect cocktail is one part chemistry and one part concept. There is a certain romance to the process, which involves all senses – not just taste. When the customer approaches the bar and finds a comfortable seat, the performance begins.

SETTING: Dark lounge, slightly cool. Red accents.

SCENE (1): The bartender approaches. A broadcast smile unfurls which translates to, “You’re welcome here.” Next, a menu is carefully opened, tight leather bounds creak. Descriptions advertise swirling ingredients, some familiar and some seemingly pulled from fantasy. An order is placed. Sleeve roll – the bar dance begins – clinking glassware, soft ice rattles, gleaming shakers, and just enough drama to hold rapt attention. Frothy elixir is poured in a serpentine glass and set squarely on a white napkin. A cocktail is pushed toward you. END SCENE.

Are you ready now? Let’s take first sip of the best mixed drinks in Jacksonville…

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The Best Cocktails in Jacksonville

📷 Rue Saint Marc - Seasonal and Classic Cocktails

1. Rue Saint Marc

Rue Saint Marc’s cocktails are always seasonal and brimming with fresh garnish. With a wide selection of Insta-worthy creations, it’s hard to choose! Their menu has 50 cocktail creations, with agave spirit-based, whiskey, grape and fruit spirit-based, neutral-grain and sugar cane-based drinks. Start by picking a favorite liquor base and then pair it with one of Rue Saint Marc’s delicious French dishes.

📍 L2103 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

📷 Norikase

2. Norikase

This intimate and elevated sushi restaurant featuring “omakase” tastings (meaning “chef chooses”) also has some of the best drinks in Jacksonville. With some of the finest selection of sake, sushi and artful handcrafted cocktails, Norikase has the “wow” factor on presentation.

📍 9734 Deer Lake Ct #13, Jacksonville, FL 32246

📷 Hawkers - Color Changing Cocktail

3. Hawkers

While more laid back in atmosphere, Hawkers serves up some serious style. Hit up their brunch for a weekend morning that is sure to get you in the mood to live your best life.

Featuring not only a creative Asian-inspired morning menu, but their brunch cocktails are also asking to be your latest Insta update. With color changing cocktails and fun pour-overs, Hawkers’ brunch is inspiration in a glass!

📍  241 Atlantic Blvd, Neptune Beach, FL 3226

📍 1001 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

4. Secret Tiki Temple

A local Instagram favorite, the Secret Tiki Temple isn’t so secret (at least on social media) anymore. With fun and unusual glassware and a cool, retro Hawaiian vibe – the Secret Tiki Temple is the perfect place to grab a cocktail with friends while catching up.

If you love little umbrellas, this temple is for you!

📍 8617 Baymeadows Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

5. Blue Bamboo

There is nothing better than delicious Asian food paired with a brightly colorful cocktail. At Blue Bamboo, they know just how to hit the spot. Known as a Jacksonville staple for Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine, the Blue Bamboo also fuses light exotic fruits and fragrances into their cocktail selection for a perfect pairing.

📍 10110 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32257

📷 Dos Gatos

6. Dos Gatos

With a hip vibe and lots of local art, Dos Gatos is the downtown neighborhood hangout for an after work drink or a pregame before a show at the Florida Theater. A thick menu with dozens of handcrafted cocktails, Dos Gatos is known for impressing patrons with drinks featuring fresh ingredients and fun themes.

📍 123 E Forsyth St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

📷 Volstead

7. Volstead

Jacksonville’s speakeasy has been a beloved institution since the day it opened! The Volstead is the perfect place to spill the town tea while sipping on some good drinks. With a dense array of creative libations and plenty of “wow” factor, the Volstead’s cocktails appeal is as good visually as it is going down.

📍 115 W Adams St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

📷 Shim Sham Room

8. Shim Sham Room

A dark little corner of Jacksonville Beach, the Shim Sham Room is a cool and quiet during the day and rowdy at night. Known for shaking up some great cocktails, this narrow two-story bar wheels and deals beachgoers on First street. Whether you’re having something fruity or something strong, the Shim Sham Room has the right cocktail to suit your mood.

📍 333 1st St N #150, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250

📷 Domu

9. Domu

Domu likes to take a fun little spin on a lot of things they do, and cocktails don’t miss out! With creative ingredients and glassware, their bar is as exciting as their menu. If you’re looking for flavors and combinations you haven’t had before, Domu is the perfect place to introduce you.

📍 4852 Town Center Pkwy #101, Jacksonville, FL 32246

📷 Grape & Grain Exchange

10. Grape & Grain Exchange

With a focus on local spirits and innovative creations, the Grape & Grain Exchange is a neighborhood haunt for those looking to treat themselves, relax and feel right at home. The cozy atmosphere at the Grape & Grain makes it also the perfect place to meet other locals and have lively conversations with friends. Whether it’s on the rocks, stiff, specialty or served in a martini glass – the Grape & Grain Exchange loosens up stiff shirt collars and unwinds after a long day!

📍 2000 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Not had enough of the best mixed drinks in Jacksonville? Have another round with more of the best in Jacksonville...

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Amber Lake

Amber Lake

Amber is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Jacksonville City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Jacksonville area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinJacksonville on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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