The past decade has brought the opening of a number of new establishments in Downtown Jacksonville, including several new bars and clubs. As a result, the nightlife has become vibrant and active. The area is filled with bars and clubs perfect for any occasion, from upscale lounges to dance clubs.
Phoenix Taproom's atmosphere is similar to that of Lomax Lounge, a popular Riverside bar that closed last year. The walls of Phoenix even include some of the art featured at the old Lomax.
Phoenix often features bands and other live entertainment, including burlesque dancers and fire spinners.
325 W. Forsyth St..
Underbelly was a popular bar/venue in Jacksonville's Five Point District that closed in 2011.
This year, the owners re-opened in Downtown Jacksonville. The new venue is much larger, feature wide open spaces and an impressively-sized stage. Its laid-back atmosphere are perfect for a relaxing night on the town.
113 E. Bay St.
3. Burro Bar
Burro Bar opened in 2011 and has quickly turned into one of the more popular downtown Jacksonville venues. Burro features a number of local and touring bands, as well as a few stand-up comedy shows.
100 E. Adams St.
4. Club TSI
TSI was voted the fourth-best Jacksonville dance club in a 2008 survey by CityVoter.com. The club opened in 2004. Monday night features a burlesque show by Jacksonville's Bada Bing Babes. Tuesday nights feature karaoke.
333 E. Bay St.
5. Cafe 331
Cafe 331 serves a full menu six days a week. On Friday nights, you'll find live music in the bar area. On Saturday nights, Cafe 331 turns into "Factory Jax," Downtown's gothic/industrial dance club.
331 W. Forsyth St.
6. Dos Gatos
Dos Gatos bills itself as "Jacksonville's only genuine cocktail lounge." It's located right across the street from the Florida Theatre. Dos Gatos is open until 2 a.m. seven days a week. The lounge features a number of specialty drinks including the popular El Verano and Red Dawn.
123 E. Forsyth St.
7. De Real Ting
During the workweek, De Real Ting Cafe is a Caribbean restaurant like any other, but on Friday and Saturday nights, the cafe turns into a full-fledged nightclub that's open until 4 a.m. Friday night is known as "Island Night" and features revolving themes and events. Saturday night is reserved for "Reggae Riddims" and feature Reggae, Dancehall, Calypso and Soca music.
128 W. Adams St.
Mark's is a sophisticated lounge and dance club with a strictly enforced dress code. Mark's was voted the second-best dance club in Jacksonville in 2008 by the website CityVoter.com.
315 E. Bay St.
The Ivy Ultra Bar has a large dance floor as well as a full bar. The recommend attire is "Dressy," per the club's Facebook page. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Fright night is Ladies' Night and women can purchase $3 glasses of wine all evening. The Ivy Ultra also hosts corporate events as well as bachelor/bachelorette parties.
113 E. Bay St.
10. LIT Downtown
LIT Downtown is a medium-size venue that describes itself as "an intimate nightclub." The
dance floor features Top 40, funk and soul on Saturday nights.
11 N. Ocean St.