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Taps: 84 / Bottles: 600
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
910 King St
phone: (904) 388-9551
(Place added by: CampusCrew on 11-26-2008)
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| Reviews: 58 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been here a couple of times, and it was never anything special. Went with a group on Halloween, it wasn't crowded at all - which is nice. But it took over 90 minutes After my friend got her check to get her food! It was boiled shrimp, not breaded or anything "fancy" - just boiled shrimp that came over 1hr 30 min after the freaking check. They refused to discount it. Another friend had a hard time ordering beer, because the waiter would hardly ever come by and when he did, quickly walk away without taking and orders. It was more expensive by about $1.50-$3 to get the same beers at another bar.
11-01-2012 14:47:56 |
More by LemonGrassMint
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 1 | $$$
2012: after last issue, we will never set foot in the place again. many like it. Why I never know. it aint the food.
Nov 2011: Nothing has changed, same place, same seats. oh pool table is gone, I think, have to check the tape.
April 2011: If this is a world class place, then I will eat something they make, the food is worse than Mc donalds. But you got to feed the wife, so we endure. It's mostly miss, sometimes its decent. Beer is too expensive for me now. But as much as I hate the prices, I always go back, who else has this much beer in 1 place, no 1.
DEC 2010: Finally hit a beer dinner: First off its a bargain price for all that beer. I did expect the food to be higher quality, but for that little kitchen and all those folks I guess they do a decent job. That said the food was so/so, again at that price for all that beer
Nov 2010: prices gone up $6.95 for half pours of 8% abv, sadly priced me out of those beers. Chairs are getting worse. I love to Chat with Steve and all that, but the place is a dive bar. With 84 TAPS! needless to say we were there 3 times in NOV LOL go figure.
Sep 2010: 84 taps, You got to love the owner Steve, he is the best!!! Food still needs some love, when its not a beer dinner, but the beer is fresh, and I could care less about glasses, my only knock is the pints are 14oz, measured them this time. The seats suck, other than that if it was a tad cheaper I be in there even more. But one has to charge what it takes to stay in biz, I get that. I am just poor. Fix the seats.
Service is gotten much better, still its not a perfect place but its still number 1 in jax. Steve get new comfortable chairs and you will have to run me out as it is after 2 hours we cannot stand sitting there anymore. So no beer sold if we aint there, LOL food is still hit or miss, but its cheap. jokes, too expensive to stay over 1 hour now.
New menu's Nice. was not offered bottle list, but that's ok.
My food was a little better, the wife is a tad picky and was not too happy but cannot please everyone.
Beer list is decent on draft, and its getting better every visit. The bottle selection is very very good, Steve gets stuff in that I only seen in either Belgium or big USA cities. Oh course I mean Belgian beer only.
Services was much better this time, with nice attention to detail and a nice suggestion of a new beer.
Jul 23, 2009:
Service was a tad slow after the first beer I was let sitting there for 20 minutes without a visit (big no no), in her defense there were only 2 bartenders and not sure if there were actually any other wait staff on duty. I think it was maybe the after lunch lull.
One thing they need is t-shirts or something so you know who works there.
It was 3pm when we came in and maybe because we sat on the other side of the place we are not sure. Things picked up service wise after saying hello TO Steve, not sure if that mattered or not.
The pub food varied from decent, to not all that great, passable for pub food. The beer though, and the really only reason I visit for anyway was in Excellent condition.
I guess we should have been more honest about the food, but we did not want to knock them. its sad on other visits the food was better. If we go back it will just be for beer, the food is ok but you get what you pay for I guess. Some Appetizers are first rate, the other stuff not so much, I asked what was good but I did not get an answer.
Still the seating is a tad cramped, and a tad hard for my fat ass. Theses are honest thoughts from me and the wife. So go for beer and live music.
Also was a tad hot in there and I wish these places could put the smokers some where else, every time they opened the door the smoke came in with them which is hard on the poor wife.
Glad to see a tap list posted finally. with prices that rocks, still they do that stupid half pour thing on the high abv, but I guess everyone is doing that shit now, it still bugs the hell out of me, but I will try to get over it.
1st visit:I am reviewing this place just to get it known how decent it is. Now our first visit was on the Bell's hopslam roll out so the place was over packed. That said we checked out the 60 taps and yep, that's what we counted. We had a few beers from the draft selection. They were great. the Bottle selection is also excellent, but pricey on some stuff. It's a cozy corner pub / restaurant. These folks are open from 7am to 3am every day crazy stuff. I love places that open before 4pm, this one my just reset to my favorite place in Jacksonville, it will of course take more beer research there to confirm. sadly I am sure we will run out of cash first.
The owner rocks and is very nice person.
the parking sucks.
01-23-2009 14:27:09 |
More by azorie
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1 | $$$
2011: more taps(84), still a dive bar. Which is ok, but food is not that good. Prices are higher, still too small a place for the crowds. Tables still suck, prices are higher @ pours are smaller. For beer selection it cannot be beat. Eat first, and have lots of cash and hit happy hour you get a buck break. Beer is fresh, not a big thing but glasses and pour size is 14oz. Service well it depends on who you get and how well you tip. Steve if not busy is what makes this place...still its not even close to world class, BSP, Toronado, and others are head and shoulders above this place.
may 2010 visit:
Ok I have to say service is much improved. Still 60 taps, but folks that claim to see 75 they must have been drunk and stoned. Food is ok if you stick to the cheap stuff. Again its the best of Jax no doubt. Still about 10 of the taps are BMC, so its not all craft. Still the high ABV stuff is not cheap and the pours while average in size are still not a great bargain.
after 3rd visit in 2009:
I guess I go against the grain again. This is the best in Jacksonville, which sadly well tell you more about Jacksonville. Ok I lived in Atlanta for 10 years and seen the BSP grow. So I am reviewing based on some better known pubs.
First off its got 60 taps, second thing most are decent brews.
The beers I had were fresh and "might" have been a true pint, but I am mostly sure its a shaker 14oz. I have to bring a measuring cup next time.
Gastropub, Humm not. The food is NOT that good if you ask me.They have a very eclectic menu to say the least. Now I hear (from someone who went to 1) the food can also be hit and miss at the beer dinners, but I will have to hit 1 to know for sure.
We had some appetizers that were ok. The main "courses" not so great. for a beer bar gastropub it should have a more upscale menu, and geez I know its just Jacksonville and food here at these prices are well usually bland, which this is. What's is funny to me is this place is rated so high, funny stuff but the locals are not well traveled so what can you say for gator fans.
ok Atmosphere they got a tiny little bar that is cramped with taps, you cannot see a bartender unless its either a short one and she ducks, or you stand on the bar stool, LOL what a joke. Joke that you can say its got a bar, but them having 60 plus taps is really al that makes this place "special" period.
The got a menu board of beer with prices now, so that's good. They got lots of old tap handles on the ceiling. The seats and all that are not that good and its cramped in there. Some may like that, we did not think it was good use of space, but hey its a small place. Happy hour is the only time we go, and the prices are cheaper then. The service is not that good, they get you a beer and then you wonder for 20 minutes where the waitress is. sadly this has happened 4 times, I wonder why I go back but in the shit hole of a town 60 plus taps wins most beer decisions.
Plus notes, they have live music and lots of tv's and trivia, which is fun. No juke box during the non live music hours, they have a pool table! Its a crazy eclectic place that for here its great, but if you compare it to BSP, and its a dump. and the BSP aint that great decent but not that great but at least bsp food is really good and its true bar food.
This place is trying to be a all day dinner and a night club and a bar, its trying to do too many things well and fails to do most even good.
05-04-2010 15:29:03 |
More by boldcity2008
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$
Atmosphere: The atmosphere is somewhere between dive bar and shabby chic depending on your aesthetic taste. Lots of beer glasses and used beer taps cover the ceiling. Hundreds of beer bottles on the wall. Some folks might call the place cozy but I call it too many tables (many of which are pretty rickety) crammed into too small an area. It's very difficult to move around which wouldn't be a big deal except that the beer menu is a giant chalkboard on the wall so you're constantly fighting through tables just to figure out what you'll have to drink next. Despite all this, there is still a decent "beer" vibe about the place that I appreciate.
Quality: Quality of the beer is excellent. Everything I've drank tasted fresh and was served with care in the proper glass.
Service: Based on several trips, service is uneven. I've had service everywhere from excellent to poor so I rated them average. Not all of the servers are knowledgeable about the beer which is a crime for a place like this but some of them are truly outstanding and made some excellent suggestions when I had friends with me who were overwhelmed by the beer menu.
Selection: As mention by others, the selection is world class. Sixty beers on tap with very few dedicated to commonly available stuff. The selection changes to rapidly to list but trust me, it's fantastic.
Food: Here is my major gripe with Kickpacks. The food is just pathetic. I cannot fathom how people can rank the food highly. It's almost criminal that this place calls itself a gastropub with such a pedestrian menu. I'm basing this review on three separate trips over the last few weeks and everything I've eaten there tasted like it came frozen from Costco and was reheated in the kitchen. I'm not convinced that much of anything on the menu is made fresh on site and there's no excuse for that. Calling this place a gastropub is like calling the Olive Garden world classItalian food.
Value: Prices for the beer are reasonable and while the food isn't very good, it's also fairly cheap.
Overall: The beer alone is worth a visit but don't be fooled by the name. This is a dive bar with a kick ass beer selection. My advice is grab dinner at one of the far superior eating establishments just around the corner in Avondale and then retire to Kickbacks for a few beers.
07-04-2010 13:39:22 |
More by jerehall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was in Jacksonville for three weeks and had heard a lot about Kickbacks while researching beerr bars before coming down from Philly. Definitely a good beer selection, thought unless I was reading the beer menu wrong, it seemed that 40-50% of the beers on the list (75+) were Rogue Beers. I have nothing against Rogue, but was just looking for a little more variety. I had a great pint of Ommegang Begian Pale Ale and two Smuttynose Big Ass IPAs...both great.
The atmosphere itself was a bit more "dive bar" than I'd expected. Very dark (few windows), not a lot of space, tables very close. The seats/tables were pretty shabby. I went on a Wednesday night to watch a baseball game (Phillies). There were plenty of TVs but almost all of them had CNN on(?). Good crowd...very diverse. Some hipsters, some groups looking like they just got off work, and I believe it was Poker Night (Wednesday).
I'd also heard the food was really good. Pretty typical pub menu with a few interesting additions. Way too many items on the menu, but everything was good. Not great, but good. All in all, a cool bar, but I had really high expectations and was slightly disappointed.
08-20-2010 03:03:23 |
More by cbland
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Terrific beer selection. Good service from people who seem to like being there. Fair food: for a place with great beer, it was fine; without great beer it would be pretty forgettable. Music was annoying, mainly due to a tinny system although the choice during my experience there was too metallic for me. I had a nice Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale and a couple Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai’s. Very nice selection although I was disappointed that the Stone Ruination had kicked by the time I got there. Overall, I had some good beer with good service (thanks Sam), but I'll try somewhere else next time I'm in Jacksonville.
01-25-2012 01:39:26 |
More by fulcrum
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went here for the first time during a visit to my old hometown. I thought Jacksonville was lacking in bars serving microbrews, but my friend took me to this spot and it was awesome! People are friendly, it was a Friday and lots of college-age folks out.
I was impressed with the tap selection and the waitress was very friendly and willing to explain all of their beer. I would prefer a larger bar sitting area but for Jax-- this is a pretty kool sit-down place. great addition to the Riverside area!
05-24-2012 07:26:19 |
More by HopSteppa
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
A trendy place, hipsters to bikers. A friendly place, with opportunities to strike up conversations with tables tightly spaced. With all the taps, you still have locals comment that there may not be one beer on to have that day. On a main street and in a growing craft beer neighbourhood in the heart of JA.. I had a few good stouts, and Brian caught up to his Narwhal. Good service.Prices reasonable.
01-17-2013 03:33:50 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I'm an out-of-towner and figured I'd give this place a shot. I wasn't able to spend a ton of time here, but look forward to going back. If this place were back home, I would probably go at least 2-3 times a month.
Atmosphere - kitschy dive bar. Dark inside, but cool decor (tap handles & glasses all over the walls & ceiling). Really friendly crowd, not full of jocks or assholes, pretty laid back. Good music, though the TVs (CNN) kind of drowned out the tunes. They also have NTN (trivia).
Quality - pretty good. I got an old ale on tap and it was served extremely cold, which is kind of a bummer, but I guess having a single serving temp for all beers is pretty typical. They used a variety of glassware, but most beer is served in pint glasses. No off/weird flavors. Lines seem to be clean, my glasses were clean, and the beer tasted fresh.
Service - when I first got there, I sat at a table and it took about 10 minutes for my server to even come to my tabler. Maybe 35% of the tables were filled. It shouldn't have taken that long. I moved over to the bar, though, and the service was great.
Selection - WOW! They had 84 beers on tap and I'd guess at least 50% is Rogue/Issaquah/Track Town. However, they have a ton of John's Locker Stock and special/rare stuff (like Issaquah Herbert's Ale and Rogue Glen). They also had Cigar City, one of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beers (a black IPA), DFH, Victory, Weyerbacher, and a bunch of others.
Food - sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pizza, basic salads, fried munchies. Nothing special, but lots to pick from.
Value - average. I got 2 rogue beers (21 and john john hazelnut) at $5.50 each
Overall, this place is a winner. AND, it's just down the street from Grassroots, a natural foods market with a WONDERFUL craft beer selection. So if you go to one, you are in close proximity to the other and ought to hit both.
08-31-2010 02:21:14 |
More by KCWortHog
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
It looks as you would expect from a neighborhood, college style bar. A little tight on the seating situation, but I can't fault them for it. The service has been sketchy at times, others excellent I have ran out of beer and had to flag down the waitress, but that is not common. As for their selection... the only thing keeping them from a 5 is the draft, which isn't shabby either. Their beer selection is mecca-like. I have finally had an opportunity to try Arrogant Bastard thanks to this place and that beer is the BOMB! They have beers that you cannot find in Jacksonville, FL. The prices are good, the food is ok, nothing fantastic, but who gives a bump on food when the beer is so awesome?
03-13-2009 19:01:09 |
More by beeroclock
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