Taps: 84 / Bottles: 650
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Aiptasia:
4.85/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I had the pleasure of visiting Kickbacks on King St. for lunch today. On entering, the gastropub is a combination of brewpub and sports bar, with a small belly-up style bar and several low tables for seating of parties of two or more. The ceiling is covered with the inverted pull taps of brews past, and the walls are decorated with the requisite beer-vertising and several flat screen televisions running the gamut of TNT trivia to sports center to local programming.
The crowd at this time of day (lunch hour) was light. There are a few professionals, couples, swarthy-types and die-hards hanging out at one of the best craft beer joints in Jax, but I couldn't help feeing that the crowd would be much thicker and more interesting after dark. There were plenty of tables to pick and choose from at noon.
The bar itself is small and absolutely crammed full of pull taps. So crowded, it does indeed make it difficult to converse with the bartender (or anyone else) over the bar. There might be eight or nine bar stools total. Since this isn't your typical bar, roll with the punches and just strike up a conversation with the nearest staff member, find a seat wherever and you won't be disappointed.
At the back wall of the bar near the front windows, you will find the ON-TAP menu, with over 85 selections of craft beer to choose from. I sampled the current #73: Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout. This was paired with a blue cheese stuffed cheeseburger with crinkle cut sweet potato fries. My Wife, being seven month's pregnant and being a complete saint as our designated driver (I love her so much), enjoyed an unsweet tea with a french dip sandwich.
My second selection was a favorite i've fallen for over superbowl weekend, Delirium Noel. Olga found it in the store-room in a 22 oz bottle. It's a much sweeter, more dessert appropreate beer and went well after our meal.
I didn't get the chance to meet Steve. If the hours of Kickbacks go from 7:00 a.m through 3:00 a.m., i'm quite sure that he puts in his hours during the evening shifts. That's completely cool, because i'll definitely be back.
02-10-2011 01:02:40 | More by Aiptasia
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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.
05-31-2014 02:08:52 | More by JISurfer
Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL
97 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.