Kickbacks Gastropub

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Kickbacks GastropubKickbacks Gastropub
BA SCORE
97
world-class

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 84
Bottles: 650
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

910 King St
Jacksonville, Florida, 32204-4206
United States
phone: (904) 388-9551

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(Place added by: CampusCrew on 11-26-2008)
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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

i was really excited to try this place out when i got to jacksonville because the reviews that i have read created so hype with me!

Atmosphere: Nice chilled atmosphere. Lots of beer collectables all over the bar. Tons of draft handles all over the ceiling, lots of cool beer signs and a huge display of draft beers...you can't ever see the bartender there are so many!

Service: Probably the low point of the experience. Not really busy at around 3 in the afternoon and the service seemed slow.

Selection: Its bar food, but its high end bar food. Beer selection is really good with options and beer styles for any beer geek! Very well organized beer menu that is thicker than any report that i have ever written during school..I think at least 60 pages.

Food: Sweet potatoes fries are the best i have ever had! A great Mahi Mahi fish sanwich that was fresh and flavorful. Decent menu.

Value: It was more money than I normally pay when i g out to eat, but its about a normal price you would pay in the city.

I will probably visit here again before leaving town. Best beer visit in town. I even got a hard to find bottle of CCB beer to go. Only bottle of this beer I had seen all week been in several bottle shops. I was stoked to say the least!

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3.03/5  rDev -31.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1.75

Great atmosphere, cool vibe, lots of old tap handles... everywhere. While the quality of beer available was ok, the selection was not good at all. Being around the corner from some great Jax breweries and being able to pull in some CCB, they had ZERO FL beers on tap. How is that possible? The kicker, it was Jacksonville Craft Week. Maybe they didn't get the memo. I went down to World of Beer and had a Bold City Duke's Cold Nose and Cigar City Homemade Apple Pie. The bartender was a very nice guy though.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.5%

Place has gone down hill since last visit. Major renovation can't fix poor service. Un attentive bar tender. 100 plus beers on tap and you can't even sample one . Doubt I'm gonna buy a 6-7 dollar pint just not to like it. Pilsner served in wrong glass ....poor form for a place that wants to be known for its variety and quality of beers on draft.

Photo of Gvaud
2.1/5  rDev -52.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

I had been to kickbacks about 4 years ago and had a great experience. Previously the beer selection was vast and my server was knowledgable and helpful.

The second time around my experience was the complete opposite. They place felt dirty. The atmosphere was not good. The beer selection was abysmal. Instead of 60 some odd beers on tap it was more like 10-15 and not even good beers. I chose a Oskar blues Christmas ale my girlfriend had a bells IPA. My Christmas ale was the very bottom of the keg. It was flat and tasteless. Both beers were poured with WAY too much head. We ordered a burger and a panini sandwich to eat. The food came in time and tasted okay but as it cooled quickly the chicken in the panini became very dry. I tried to order a barley wine in a bottle. My waiter went to look, came back to the table and told me they were out. He didn't recommend any other beers or give me an alternative. He just walked off. A few minutes later he came back and I asked if they had ANY barley wines. Once again none. I tried one more time and asked for the Weyerhaeuser fifteen. This time they had the beer BUT it had not been in the cooler. I was told the beer could be ready in 8 min. Really?? How is a beer going to go from room temp to ready to drink in 8 min?

I politely said no thank you and asked for the check.

My impression is that this place is running in the negative and the owner/manager is putting no money into inventory.

I can't imagine this place staying in business. If they do they need to change their identity away from a high end craft beer restaurant and just be the local dive they have become.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Dam262a
4/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great Place really liked the atmosphere, The beer selection was fantastic, love how you can try different types, I have gone here a few times already. Still is one of my favorite bar/restaurant places. I would totally recommend it to my friends or family.
I work late and love the hours of this place being open to 3 am is perfect for me

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Had dinner here while in town for work. They were under construction at the time of my visit, so their normally extensive tap list was down to about 21 or so...still very good. Terrapin WNB and Hopzilla, Hoppin Frog Boris Oatmeal, McChouffe, Bells Two Hearted, Souther Tier Oaked Backburner and Pumking?...Sixpoint Apollo, Orkney Skull Splitter, Schneider Sommer, Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat, Hoegaarden, and some others I don't remember. The bottle list was quite huge...they had a page of wilds and sours that looked god - and all reasonably priced. But on the 2 bottles I asked for, they were out of stock on both...so maybe its not that big...
Also, you can download their App for a tap list.
The atmosphere is weird - a hodgepodge of random décor and furniture, tons of glassware and tap handles on the ceiling, all dusty and grimy, crumbs on the stained cushioned bar stools, and weird peeps loitering at the front door. It was fairly empty at 5:00 on a Monday.
Quality is a hard one - while the selection was very good, I did notice a the bartender taking a lot of shortcuts...like simply rinsing dusty and dirty glasses from the bar top to quickly serve in instead of just cleaning all the glasses... (actually served a dirty glass to the person sitting next to me)...also , I hate when they use a second cup to collect the foam, then pour it into the beer you order to top off...it just seems wrong - and there is likely some beer science on how that affects the flavor also.
The service was great - super nice bartender and food runners, chatty but not annoying and very attentive.
The food was pretty tasty. I had a tempeh burger; while it would probably not be many peoples first choice, it was pretty good for what it is - and I think it was "local" to Gainesville.
Prices were pretty good overall...about $5 on average for a draft during happy hour - while some others were closer to $9 like the BORIS Destroyer Oatmeal and the McChouffe.
Overall, while grimy and somewhat gross...id go back if im ever back in JAX...especially after their "expansion" is complete.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

I stopped by here for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon, early. The place was already starting to get filled up and by the time I left, it was half full. They are doing some remodelling or expansion so unfortunately, they only had like 10 or 15 drafts instead of the normal 60. The drafts they did have seemed to be pretty stellar. For some reason, they still had Pumpking? Others included Southern Tier and some others.

One complaint I do have is the bar area. When you first walk in, there is a bar directly in front of you. The problem with this bar is that the tap line or draft tower is directly at ey level and is about 1 foot in height. So, in order to converse with the bartender, one has to either stand up in ones stool or become the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Very annoying and something like that shouldnt happen at a nice bar. The rest of the place seemed pretty cool. Dark and dungeon like but no dwarves or wraiths or anything.

The food was delcious. I ordered the smothered chicken and it was some sort of Italian based dish with feta and tomato sauce and red peppers and dried tomatoes and it was delicious. If there werent some brown lettuce leaves and "clear" cucumbers in the salad, I would have given the food a 5. Edit: After reading some of the reviews, I find it hard to believe not many people have had good food here. Mine was delicious, FWIW.

I didnt require much service, just the food and water. If they do something about that draft tower, this place would be alot better. WIth that behemoth in the way, I wouldnt come back. Even though the food was great, I cant deal with the no-eye-contact thing.

Photo of USMCPayne
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - Grungy beer pub. Very close tables, crowded with late 20's, early 30's clientele. Cool beer menu on the wall, ceiling covered with old beer taps, very neat idea.

Quality - pretty good, over all. Beers served in appropriate glasses according to style.

Service - Lacking a little but could have been because of how crowded. Was seated very quickly (we got there before a big rush I suppose). Ordered two appetizers (chips & salsa and cocktail shrimp) that took nearly 30 minutes to arrive. Beer service was fast, we would order with the waitress and shortly someone else would bring the beer. Food service was again time intensive. It took about 45 minutes to get our dinner after ordering, but that could have been because it was crowded.

Selection - Beer selection was great. Nearly 100 beers on tap, more in bottles I believe. Food selection is varied as well. Everything from sandwiches, to pastas, to pizzas, to dinner entres, and dessert.

Food - Some good, some not so good. Chips and Salsa were terrible. I got the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Smashed Potatoes and Macaroni and Cheese. It was excellent, especially with the Lectio Devina Saison (rosemary aged). The other food looked so-so, french dip didn't look so good, pastas looked ok, ribs were good from what I was told.

Value - The beers are a bit expensive, but not outrageous. $5-$8 for GOOD beers, so I wasn't disappointed. I hate spending $5-$8 for Bud or Miller so I was happy to be getting good craft beer for that price. The food was a good value I think. I believe my tenderloins were $16, sandwiches were $8-$10. I was happy with the prices for the quality of the food and drink.

**EDIT**
I forgot to mention they have an iPhone app with their master beer list that makes selection MUCH easier to read and ordering a snap. The app is pretty terrible, but it does the job.

Photo of Evansbeer
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This place puts beer above all. It serves 84 beers on tap, and is opening up another 100 when they build their addition next door. The shrimp poppers are to die for! Their master list of beers is a bit disorganized but it makes it fun. The beers are fairly priced compared to competitors. The atmosphere is very artsy, you'll feel out of place if you don't have some tattoos when you originally go in, but the staff friendliness changes that. The pizza is excellent and the sandwiches are also delicious. Don't let the location fool you, it's worth stopping in.

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of WebGuyMike
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Hit this place up for the first time this past weekend. Went with my girlfriend and another couple.

The atmosphere was cool with taps hanging from the ceiling all over the place and beer-related items everywhere you looked. The waitress told us to go download the app to get their beer list. We did and were impressed with the number and variety of beers available. I had a Two Hearted Ale on draft and it was delicious. Glassware was from different bars and breweries from around the country.

Food was good and reasonably priced. Service was adequate however the tables were so close together that we had trouble getting into and out of our seats.

I will definitely go back to Kickbacks in the future.

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Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL
97 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.