Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House
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Taps: 60 / Bottles: 116
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Durge:
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a pretty big place with lots of tv's outdoor seating near a pond. They boast 60 taps, plenty of parking, deli/luncheonette sort of food and plenty of tables. Shipyard pumpkin, mojo ipa, dead dog apricot blue rasp, chimay red, Leinies wheat, spaaten, sierra neveada, strongbow cider, DF 60, dead guy ale, orlando brewing beers, lost coast amber, bare knuckle stout, bells oberon, black water dry porter, many macros domestic and imports, rogue chocolate. Avery white rascal. Similar selection in bottles. Out of a couple, of course, not the most knowldpedgeable staff, busy, but reasonably friendly. I recently went for a second visit and have to say I lost most interest in the place. Despite all the taps, the brews we tried were unusually flat and somewhat tasteless, even tried and true ones like the Dead Guy Ale. Our waitress insisted that the clientelle definitely drinks all the micro stuff to keep them moving and fresh but if that's true then my experience would suggest they need some serious work on both their tap systems and cleaning methods. Both times I have visited I have seen very little evidence of the customers drinking much beyond the macros. It's generally a young crowd, more interested in alcohol and sports than their brews I think. Kind of a disappointment with so much potential here. I need to visit the other, original site in downtown Orlando. The food has been OK but you don't go here to eat really, unfortunately, if you care about flavor, you don't go here to drink either!
05-04-2008 04:29:56 | More by Durge
More User Reviews:
4.16/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
I used to work here (2007-2010) and I loved this place. 60 beers on tap, and roughly 150+ bottled. Nothing super rare, but a great place to learn about the basics about beer. Once you drink 100 beers they engrave your name on a glass and hang it in the bar for your use (I'm #6). The original owner recently retired to South Carolina and sold Jax to a few people who micro manage a bit too much from what I hear. They swapped out a few items on the menu that didn't sell very well, and added a few of their own items. Great atmosphere still. Originally the restaurant was a Swedish (I think) restaurant that imported all the wood for the place, all hand carved, really adds a nice feel to the place. Everything is very reasonably priced. Domestic pitchers are $5 and I believe the most expensive is Delerium Tremens at $28. Pints range from $2 during happy hour to $8 for higher end craft. One of my favorite jobs I've ever had, but I had to put my big boy pants on and go back to school.
06-24-2013 00:47:35 | More by mverity
4.36/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
They must have 40 taps at least with all kinds of varieties. A really fun place.
And they have a wide selection of food, which is essentially bar food but with a much wider variety and better over quality to anything you will find in a typical bar.
Plus the whole layout is far more inviting and unique and enjoyable than any typical bar/restaurant you will go to.
It's a fun place.
03-18-2013 05:01:56 | More by FlemingVSKing
Jax 5th Avenue Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary, FL
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.