Jax 5th Ave. Deli & Ale House
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I must say, after visiting this place on two back-to-back weekends (Sunday, then Saturday), and after two prior visits spanning three years, I have good feelings here.
First off, I observe that they are pleasing three groups: Higher-end beer folks, the "I only drink natty light" crew, and Liquor fans. Given this, they do us beer snobs a decent service.
They have 36 on tap, and of that I count only 3 taps of rubbish (bud, bud light, miller whatever), another 6 of next level brews (Stella, bass, Newcastle, etc.), with the remainder being up another notch (Rogue, Left Hand, Red Brick, Stone). Nice too---they have some locals here: Orlando Brewing's Blonde Ale, and Cigar City's Maduro brown ale). These latter entries show me that somebody here cares---a big plus in my book.
Today it hit me that they sport another ~120 selections in bottles. Nice. Nicer though was that when I asked the bar gal about their 4 bottles of Unibroue varieties, she promptly retrieved all four and sat them in front of me to pick from. One doesn't find these offered often in these parts. Equally rare is that someone would kneel down and spend a minute fishing for four bottles for no reason except that I asked. Paid her a 30% tip just for that!
Food wise, I can't say currently. Last time I ate here though they had an above average menu (smoked salmon dishes & tasty sandwiches for example).
Service? No complaints at all! Nothing here but female servers on my last two visits, fwiw, & they all seem to work hard--no slackers.
This is definately on my A-list of beer places in Orlando.
03-27-2010 21:43:24 | More by WynnO
4.06/5 rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here this past Sunday. Place is almost made for me - NFL ticket, good seating selection, outdoor patio, laidback vibe, bartenders who know how to pour and what glasses to use...OK, the real important thing.
Beer selection is good. Not great or any diamonds in the rough like Redlight Redlight or Underground Bluz rotating system, but you will find some good micros and imports. You have to, considering the 30+ taps and 100 beers (they have a list, you just have to ask for it). So if you're looking for a chill spot and want some good micros that you may or may not have already had (there are some harder to find ones, to be honest), come here. My buddies said there sandwiches were great. This place only serves fresh deli sandwiches and pizza...I like wings and they don't have a fryer so that's why the N/A for food. Recommended.
09-29-2008 17:32:30 | More by clayrock81
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Almost missed it when I went looking for it, this place is so small. It's on a small corner lot, with parking for at least four cars. Okay, it was slightly more than four, but they're in such a small place, I had to drive around and wait for someone to leave. And this is when it wasn't crowded. They have a sign on the door saying if you park in the much larger lot associated with an adjacent strip mall (which had a ton of open spaces) you'll be towed. Lovely.
Once inside, though, it turned out to be a nice place. Loud music, and lots of what appeared to be regulars at 5 PM on a Tuesday. It's a small 3-sided bar with cut off corners, giving it a 6-sided appearance. No one was at any of the eight of so tables that fit in this place. Everyone was at the bar. Just as with the parking place, I had to wait for someone to leave. Fortunately they did so just as I was approaching the bar, so it worked out okay.
The place has a wonderful neighborhood pub feel to it. A neighborhood pub with a pretty decent tap list. I counted 30 taps, all crammed together in the groups of ten, so tightly packed that have to turn the taps on the ends of each group at 45 degree angles just to fit 'em on the wall. Interesting setup, but it works. The selection was nice. I had Monschof Schwartz, Dogfish 60, and a Landshark (the latter was a mistake). They also had Hoegaarden, Sea Dog fruit wheats, and several others. There is also a decent bottle selection, but I couldn't see many where they typically display them.
The food is simple sandwiches or pizza-type creations, as I think their "kitchen" is a microwave stuck in a closet. The place literally is that small. Great service though. I never ran dry, they seemed to know how to pour a decent beer, and no one was snippy.
Overall, this is a nice little place, provided you can actually get in.
08-04-2007 03:34:46 | More by jokelahoma
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hey! Whos the guy in the red shirt in the location pic? heh!
What a great place for relaxing and beer thanks to the BA directory, or I NEVER would have known about this place.
Luved the outside seating (20 tables) for enjoying our beers and lunch. Nice Kona Fire ale with a big ol Tuna wrap with chips (lunches run about $7). They also put a big vessel of sliced dill pickles on the table to maximize your salt intake oh well, those were crisp and good also.
Nice set of TVs inside and out. (Freakin smoking is allowed outside). Clean, comfortable ½ octagon bar for 20 people and 20 tables for eating. Wood décor all around. Sitting outside the busy road gets a little noisy, but Im old and cant hear worth a crap (at least when the wife-zilla is yammering).
Pitchers of beer run from $5 crap to $24 for Chimay Red.
03-28-2007 15:58:54 | More by Vancer
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is as good as it gets for selection in Orlando. Franziskaner Dunkel, Rogue Chocolate Stout, and Hoegaarden are a few of my favorites on tap right now. The bottle selection looks pretty good as well.
The food is limited to sandwiches and pita pizzas (flatbreads) served with potato chips; basically stuff that can be accomplished without actual cooking as they do not have a full kitchen. They do a reasonably good job with the sandwiches though. If they squeezed in a deep fryer and added wings and fries, I'd probably live at this place.
The service is not bad most of the time but if you get there during a busy lunch or happy hour, try and get a seat at the bar. They don't add enough staff at times and things will take a while at a table. I have not seen any guys working front of the house and the ladies behind the bar and on the floor are all friendly and attractive.
Jax has a lot of televisions if you want to catch a game. The place is spacious enough most of the time, and the crowd is fairly upscale. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
03-03-2007 16:23:31 | More by ezapiler
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in beautiful College Park just a few miles north of downtown Orlando. An absolutely stellar selection of over 20 beers on tap and many more beers available in bottles that are arranged by country of origin. The last time I went I had DFH 60 min IPA and Rogue Chocolate Stout on draft among others. There is a lot of inside seating as well as outside seating available. Both times I have been there the service has been excellent. The food is nothing special but decent enough. Definately one of a kind in the Orlando area and a must go to. If only I live a bit closers to this establishment I would be in there multiple times a week.
05-22-2006 22:17:07 | More by cjgator3
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I don't know any other bar in Orlando with the beer selection of Jax. The food is pretty good too.
Jax has 18-20 beers on tap, mostly all imports and micros. Chimay Red, Left Hand Milk Stout, Rogue Dead Guy and Lindeman's Frambois are stand out selections and unheard of in the Orlando area. The Shipyard beers are on tap and cheap. Their bottled beer selection is unmatched in Orlando, to my knowledge. Somewhere around 200 different beers and you can see them lining the bar. If you want your name in lights, so to speak, drink them all and you get your own glass. Everything from Bud to Belgians.
The food is also very good. The sandwiches are good sized and top quality.
Overall, Jax 5th Avenue is one of the, if not the single top spot in Orlando for a beer. I don't know any place that comes close.
05-24-2005 19:23:18 | More by chemmie
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
This is, I believe, the original location of the Jax 5th Ave mini-chain.
The bar is set in what appears to have been an old fast food resturant with an outdoor seating area turned into the smoker's paradise.
The Edgewater bar probably has the same amount of space to it as the Court street bar, but it's all visible at once so it seems more spacious.
Bar staff was friendly and accessible and actually had a good knowledge of the beer and where to find it in the coolers.
As with the other location, it's not a bad place to be in orlando for beer.
01-01-2004 02:10:54 | More by drewbage
Jax 5th Ave. Deli & Ale House in Orlando, FL
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.