About Jacksonville’s Best Rooftop Bars and Restaurants
We’re a little bit spoiled here on the First Coast, with all the perks of city life, an area rich in history with the vibe of a laidback beach town. And what’s the best way to take in all the natural beauty of the St. Johns River, the Atlantic Ocean and our unique skyline? When traveling to a new destination or even exploring your own backyard, a birds’ eye view is our favorite way to get your bearings… and you can’t beat a rooftop for a cocktail and some tasty treats.
Here are some of our favorite rooftop bars in Jacksonville. Cheers!
The Cowford Chophouse sits in the heart of downtown in a historic 1902 building and was purchased and renovated by native Jacques Klempf in 2014. The steakhouse offers incredible steaks, fresh seafood and killer rooftop views overlooking the Main Street Bridge, the Cathedral District and the Southbank skyline.
While casual attire is welcomed – it is JAX, after all – it isn’t uncommon for guests to be gussied up. It’s one of the swankiest, most delicious rooftop bars in Jacksonville!
Join them for happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Drink to try: The Jaguar
Prati Italia (formerly known as Moxie)
Jacksonville natives may know this place as Moxie, but as of January 2020, Prati Italia opened its doors with a brand new look and menu. While the restaurant focuses on everything Italian from their house-made pastas and Roman pizzas, head up the stairs to the terrace for some craft cocktails. If they’re half as good as Moxie’s, you know you’re in for a treat.
Brunch from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Drink to try: The Ciao Bella
River and Post
Address: 1000 Riverside Ave #100 Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Opened in 2017, River and Post offers dishes that will get your taste buds watering and even better, jaw-dropping views of the St. Johns River all the way to Dames Point Bridge. The bar offers handmade, unique cocktails and fiery sunset views that can’t be missed.
Drink to try: The Great Fire
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
Looking to switch things up from a normal rooftop watering hole? Head to the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront for a rooftop pool with an impressive view. They have the largest heated pool in Jacksonville and panoramic views of the skyline.
Consider this stop a daytime activity though, as hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Friday – Sunday.
Drink to try: Get creative and order something original!
Address: 303 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233
One of the newest rooftop bars in Jacksonville! If you are looking to stop somewhere after a salty day at the beach, stop by Coop 303 for classic dishes with modern twists that vegan/vegetarian and carnivores alike can enjoy. Then head to the roof to take in the fresh sea air and have a Coop signature cocktail.
Happy Hour from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Weekend Brunch from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Drink to try: The Kill Devil
Address: 1534 Oak Street Jacksonville, Florida 32204
Located in the historic 5 Points District, Black Sheep has a variety of locally sourced food that can be enjoyed for lunch or dinner. With one of Jacksonville’s most popular rooftops, there are views of Riverside, Downtown and the St. Johns River. Sip a 15,312 feet cocktail and dine on roasted oysters or shrimp and grits while you take it all in.
Drink to try: 15,312 feet
Casa Marina Hotel
Address: 691 1st St N Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250
If you adore the glitz and glamour of the 1920s, you’ll love Casa Marina Hotel, even if you don’t stay the night. The food is considered “new beach cuisine” and you can join them for Sunday brunch or their renowned tapas tastings.
The Rooftop has its own menu and happy hour on the roof from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. and a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s truly the best rooftop in Jax Beach, so check it out next time it’s looking like a beautiful night for a sunset.
Drink to try: The Moonlight Martini
Address: 10531 Brightman Blvd. Jacksonville, Florida 32246
If you are looking for some competitive fun or want to show off your golf skills, check out Topgolf. If you’ve never been to a Topgolf before, it’s basically a high tech driving range in your party’s own personal bay. No prior golf experience needed!
Jacksonville’s location is especially unique due to the airy rooftop terrace with a fire pit, live music, DJs and games. The menu is surprisingly delicious for a sports complex and you should definitely check out the “golfbag” drinks they offer that comes in a take home mug. Topgolf is the most fun you can have at a rooftop bar in Jacksonville, to be sure.
Drink to try: The Citrus Cabana Golfbag
San Sebastian Winery
Address: 157 King Street St. Augustine, Florida 32084
About 45 minutes to an hour south of Jacksonville, you’ll find St. Augustine’s San Sebastian Winery, just a few blocks from historic downtown. Complimentary wine tours and wine tastings are offered seven days a week. At “The Cellar Upstairs” you can enjoy live music from local bands while enjoying a glass of San Sebastian wine.
Drink to try: Any of their delicious wines!
Salt Life Food Shack
Address: 17 N Fletcher Ave. Fernandina, Florida 32034
What’s a visit to Jacksonville without a stop in historic Amelia Island? Located about 40 minutes north of Jacksonville, Salt Life isn’t just a phrase for the people at Salt Life Food Shack, it’s a lifestyle. Enjoy all the fresh local seafood you can eat with live music and ocean views from the roof deck.
Happy hour is Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Drink to try: The Orange Jalapeño Margarita
Let us know which of our top rooftop bars in Jacksonville is your favorite! And are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments.