Looking to switch it up from the usual go-to drink? Maybe you just can’t decide between two? That’s no problem in JAX – with tons of restaurants, breweries and bars offering drink flights, broaden your horizons (and tastebuds too!) with libations of all flavors. Keep reading to check out some of the best spots to find the trendiest beer on tap or your new favorite craft cocktail:
With a menu full of specialty champagne cocktails, it may be difficult to pick just one at Silkie’s Chicken & Champagne Bar. Located in Historic Springfield and led by nationally recognized Chef Kenny Gilbert, there’s no need to fear! Why not get a champagne flight and try four at a time? Choose from the “Girls Night Out” featuring a pear nectar and wine-based gin, a “Southern Belle” filled with peach and wine-based whiskey or maybe a “Bajan Lover” with wine-based rum and a mix of tropical fruits. (A Find Your JAX favorite: pairing the flight with the biscuit sampler and chicken & waffles…just trust us!).
At Pepper’s Cocina, that statement can’t be truer. With locations in both Fleming Island and Amelia Island, their margarita flights feature three specialty drinks to sip on or share with a friend! Choose from frozen or on-the-rocks, a salted or sugared rim and tons of delectable flavors. Don’t forget that the best way to enjoy a margarita is with chips and queso, too.
Hoptinger Bier Garden + Sausage House is a favorite around the JAX region – with locations in both Jacksonville Beach and Riverside, it’s a hotspot for locals and future residents alike. Even better, they offer two different beer flights – a small – for one to enjoy or a magnum – to split with pals. Have the experts choose or take your pick from their 30+ offerings!
Wicked Barley Brewing Company is known for its lively tap room and waterfront beer garden, but more so for their extensive beer list. With crafts, meads and ciders, it’s no surprise they offer a beer flight for patrons to try from their house favorites, including 2022 Great American Beer Festival winning amber ale, “Argument Starter,” or rotating seasonal brews. They’re also part of the JAX Ale Trail, which highlights dozens of local breweries that make up the craft beer scene.
The Asian street food at Hawkers, located in Riverside’s Five Points and Neptune Beach, never disappoints. Want to try it with something other than their handcrafted cocktails or local brews? Take the experience up a notch with a saké flight – “10,000 Ways,” “Living Jewel” and “Pearl” are all included in the restaurant’s “Flight to Tokyo.” If sake isn’t really your thing, pair the dumplings and pad Thai with a Japanese whisky flight.
There’s tons of places around the region with a great selection wine. Some of our favorites include Town Hall in San Marco, which offers themed wine tastings on Wednesdays and Thursdays, or Prospect Five Points that has seven different types of wines to build the right flight.
Whether it’s a flight of crazy champagne concoctions for brunch or a slew of spicy sakés to kick off happy hour, the tasting adventures listed are just some of what JAX has to offer. Let the mission to find your new favorite drink lead you on a journey to Find Your JAX. Where will you start?