Explore Jacksonville

Where to Watch Football in Jacksonville

Jacksonville is for sports fans. The home town of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL franchise is game-day central for everything from the "World's Largest Cocktail Party" at the Florida-Georgia SEC rivalry game, ACC pre-season classics and post-season bowl games to World Cup and NASL soccer and professional golf tournaments. Even if you don't have tickets to the game, you're sure to find a great sports bar in Jacksonville when it comes time for kickoff.  Get the play-by-play in this guide to who has the biggest TVs in town and where to go for the best bar food.

TIAA Bank Field

Tour the home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. The stadium boasts the world's largest big screen TV and plays host to the annual TaxSlayer Bowl, concerts and special events. Tour times and prices vary.

Palace Saloon

Billed as the oldest saloon in Florida and outfitted with a pressed-tin ceiling and a 40-ft. long mahogany bar, the bar once hosted the Carnegies and the du Ponts. Order the Pirate’s Punch, the “famous” rum drink, and enjoy live entertainment most evenings, ranging from rock ’n’ roll to acoustic.

River City Brewing Company

This restaurant and microbrewery has dramatic waterfront and skyline views. For the best vantage point, sit outside on the enormous covered deck. The menu is full of New American and Louisiana favorites including jambalaya and shrimp & grits.

The Shim Sham Room

A rock 'n' roll cocktail lounge dedicated to celebrating the art of drinking, complete with a public house featuring comfortable seating and an expansive bar, an upstairs vintage spirit lounge with live music and a secluded patio out back.

Dos Gatos

The perfect place for before- or after-drinks for Florida Theatre events, but it also rocks on its own, thanks to DJs most nights. Enjoy classic cocktails or signature drinks such as the Red Dawn, a modern spin on the classic mule with fresh seasonal berries, Russian Standard vodka, ginger liqueur and ginger beer.

Salt Life Food Shack

Get a taste of the widely-known Salt Life lifestyle with seafood choices like a fresh-tuna "poke bowl," fresh specials, a raw bar and a sushi bar. They also offer authentic street tacos and heartier entrées like island style ribs. L, D (daily).

Kickbacks Gastropub

Kickbacks goes beyond traditional bar food with wraps, paninis, build-your-own-pasta, focaccia pizzas and steaks. There are 1,000-plus bottled varieties and 204 beers on tap, and breakfast is served late-night and early morning.

Burrito Gallery

You'll of course find burritos on the menu, but also other Mexican fare, including tacos and quesadillas. At the Adams location, take in the local artwork hung on the walls or head to the secluded garden bar for a drink and a nice view.