Kickbacks Gastropub

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Kickbacks GastropubKickbacks Gastropub
BA SCORE
97
world-class

62 Reviews
Reviews: 62
Visits: 84
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 84
Bottles: 650
Cask: Y
[ 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: 62 | Visits: 84
Reviews by azorie:
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2.85/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

April 2010s:
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.

Dec 2009:
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.

2008 visits:
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. (4,748 characters)

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4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Excellent selection of over 80 beers on tap. Atmosphere was fun, there was plenty of sitting space and the food selection was impressive. (137 characters)

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Great beer, great food, and always a great time. If you are stopping by Jacksonville or are anywhere close, you need to stop by here and give it a try. (151 characters)

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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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Big food selection and even bigger beer selection. Even better now that renovation is finished. (95 characters)

Photo of JohnK1366
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The food was incredible; the beer selection was very good and best of all the staff was very knowledgeable. Our waiter was nothing short of phenomenal in terms of his beer knowledge and desire to make our experience fantastic. I ha to knock down the food and selection categories as they were short on some of the food items we ordered. (338 characters)

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3.03/5  rDev -31.1%
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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. (508 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

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. (351 characters)

Photo of Gvaud
2.1/5  rDev -52.3%
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. (1,632 characters)

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Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL
97 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.