Jacksonville Dive Bar Guide

Look For The Mermaid Ghost

Jacksonville is the Florida city that seems to fly just under the radar, a growing beach-adjacent urban area that doesn’t seem to get quite the coverage its neighboring cities generate. But as with any somewhat overlooked city, conditions are usually ripe for a stalwart collection of dive bars and Jacksonville certainly fits that bill.

The center of gravity for Jacksonville’s best dive bars is the beachfront strip east of downtown along the Atlantic Ocean, stretching from Neptune Beach southward. A pair of the area’s best dive bars live here, Pete’s Bar in all of its 1933 Neptune Beach whitewashed glory and Ginger’s Place, the unmissable home to the ghost of its past owner who rose to prominence as a mermaid, yes, mermaid.

And there are other stops to be made, including that rarest of phenomenon, a “new” dive bar worth visiting. In this case, Shantytown Pub’s post-2000 opening date can’t be held against the Jacksonville dive bar, its murals, wall decorations and budget-friendly pours fitting the dive bar bill. These and other dive bars around the city sit just under the surface, just as Jacksonville somewhat does in Florida, a pairing that yields some good dive bar results.

Jacksonville Dive Bar Reviews

Ranked Order

Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Pete's Bar

Opened in 1933, Pete's Bar is the whitewashed king of Neptune Beach and a must visit.
Review Rating: 9 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Ginger's Place

If you need convincing to visit a dive bar haunted by a mermaid, you're on the wrong site.
Review Rating: 8 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Shantytown Pub

Not all dive bars have to be 1940s classics, case in point Shantytown Pub's paint and mural explosion.
Review Rating: 8 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Harbor Tavern

Florida overpasses aren't good for too many things, but shelter for dive bars is one worthy purpose.
Review Rating: 7 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

The Jug Saloon

Biker hangout, garage, dive bar, makeshift collection of furniture, all describe the Jug Saloon.
Review Rating: 7 of 10
Johnnie's Glenn Avenue Grill - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior

Bull Tavern

Sample a slice of a classic Southern dive bar in the urban heart of Jacksonville.
Review Rating: 7 of 10

Jacksonville Neighborhood Crawls

Jacksonville Beaches

Bier Stube - Columbus Dive Bar Exterior
East of Jacksonville, a string of dives, food trucks and cheap eats borders the Atlantic Ocean.

Jacksonville Dive Bars Not Yet Reviewed

Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Atlantic Beach

Fly's Tie

177 Sailfish Dr E
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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Other Dive Bar Options

Bald Eagle Pub

5398 Timuquana Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32210
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Barking Spider Pub

10092 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32257
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Broken Spoke

1529 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211
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Locals'

1216 Kings Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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McB's Lounge

6217 St Augustine Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32217
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Park Place Lounge

931 King St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Rogue

927 King St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Scoreboard Sports Bar

6051 Merrill Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32277
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St. Nick's Lounge

3116 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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The Pour House

3325 Plymouth St
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Tradewinds

955 Edgewood Ave S
Jacksonville, FL 32205
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Wall Street Lounge

1050 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32204
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Wild Bill's Saloon

1746 Talleyrand Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32206
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