Florida's weather stays pleasantly warm and sunny for most of the year, coaxing locals and visitors alike outdoors. What better way to enjoy it than relaxing with a few friends over some brews with a view? These rooftop bars serve up the tastiest bites, most luscious cocktails and prettiest views of the city, the river or the ocean around.
Situated in Riverside's historic Five Points, Black Sheep dishes up American fare made with farm-fresh, local ingredients. Snack on fried green olives with pimiento cheese or barbecue pork rinds, or wild Georgia shrimp and grits while sipping on a signature cocktails or craft beer. Don't miss out on the stellar views of Five Points, downtown Jacksonville and the St. John's River—the only bar on our list to boast all three.
A 1902 bank building was renovated in 2017 to become the three-story Cowford Chophouse. The elegant steakhouse serves juicy cuts of beef and the freshest seafood. After dinner, relax on one of the couches at the rooftop bar while taking in sweeping views of St. John's River and downtown's main bridge.
Burrito Gallery has three locations around Jacksonville, serving up the freshest tacos and margaritas this side of Mexico. Head to the top of the bright green Mexican restaurant to enjoy specialty drinks, cucumber and spicy margaritas, a local craft brew or a glass of wine—all with a lovely view of the neighborhood or the beach.
The first floor of the 10,000-square-foot River & Post is devoted to the chef's table and banquet space, with a pet-friendly patio. It's open for lunch and dinner, but the real show-stopper is upstairs in the rooftop bar. There, enjoy cocktails at happy hour, dine on locally-sourced seafood and steak, or sip craft cocktails and local brews while taking in dazzling views of the St. John's River and downtown Jacksonville.
Billing itself as a "Bavarican" beer garden, Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House serves stacked burgers and juicy bratwurst with thick-cut fries—the perfect beer accompaniment. The rooftop at the Jax Beach location pours more than 60 varieties of craft beer and specialty cocktails.
This historic beachfront hotel was once frequented by Jean Harlow, Charlie Chaplin and Al Capone. The rooms at Casa Marina Hotel are charming and comfortable, while the dinner menu features fresh seafood and chef-roasted delicacies. Adding to the romantic ambiance is the rooftop bar where ocean breezes perfectly compliment radiant sunsets and hand-crafted cocktails.
Intuition Ale Works creates flavorful, Jacksonville-inspired beers and opens its tap room to tours Tuesday through Sunday. Guests who want to stay awhile can enjoy a glass of its flagship beer, People's Pale Ale, or any of the nearly 20 ales and ciders on tap at the rooftop bar. Hungry? Grab a bite from the Black Sheep at Intuition counter, featuring fresh fare from a partner restaurant.