Kickbacks Gastropub

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Bar, Eatery

910 King St
Jacksonville, Florida, 32204-4206
United States

(904) 388-9551 | map

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Ratings by Cheesemoose:
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Reviewed by Cheesemoose from Florida

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
This has to be my favorite place to go for food, drink and atmosphere in Jacksonville. I absolutely love this place and dream about every time I have the opportunity to drop in.

Great atmosphere, very relaxed. Lots of TV's on to enjoy what ever game you might imagine. No smoking so no worries about being choked out. They have a very strick "no douchebag" policy that keeps things a lot more chill and relaxing.

Steve Flores, the owner, has a very unique style of managing, where the servers have complete control of the place. No managers, just a collection of people all very interested in serving great food and beer. All knowledgeable in beer, though some are more geeks than others. If you need a recommendation on a beer, they are quick to give you time to decide.

With 615+ beers in bottles, including vintages and one time only's, and with a continuous rotation of 84 taps, they keep the beers fresh and flowing. Steve has a knack for tracking down rare beers, shipping them in, and letting them sit on tap for weeks until everyone has a chance to try them. He is crazy, but in a good way.

The food is better than your typical bar food, with a great selection of entree's and sandwiches, all well portioned and very reasonable on prices.

You cannot go wrong with this place. The best place to try and convert someone, as the wide selection of beers, and a solid happy hour, will definitely help in getting someone hooked on the craft beer train.

Oh and I can not wait for their next beer dinner!
Oct 11, 2010
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Dec 17, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by cratez from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
What I had: Over the course of two visits – New Belgium Spring Blonde, Stone Enjoy By IPA - 04-20-14, Intuition Ale Works Jon Boat Kolsch, Freigeist & Jester King Sauer Power, and New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA on tap, Chicken Caesar Wrap with Fries, fish entree with salad, and several white wines for the Mrs.
What I liked: Fun and bustling atmosphere with a fairly diverse crowd, lots of space between tables, impressive tap list even during construction, our server was efficient, hilarious and made great drink recommendations, had an awesome chat with one of the locals at the bar, very reasonable prices.
What I disliked: Food left something to be desired but we had such a good time that we didn’t really mind.
Would I go back? Definitely, and I’m sure this place will be even better once the renos are done.
Overall Rating: 84
Jan 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
THE place to go in town if you’re looking for those big/special/rare beers on-tap that you can’t find it bottles or don’t want to spend $20+ on just to try. When I was there they had all the BA Funky Buddha offerings, plenty of other vintages from around the country, like 2008 Bigfoot and a 2012 Southern Tier if I remember correctly.

Really cool inside. The bar and interior are something to see. Though kind of a dark space. Food was good. I had the pulled pork sandwich with fries which was massive and overflowing. Most things on the menu sounded good. The 6oz pours are a tad small; I had Bourbon County BW. The server didn’t seem to know much about the beer. Just parroted things from the bartender. It was an early Thursday afternoon so it was quiet but I imagine it gets busy at night. A good location in Riverside, too.
Apr 22, 2018
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Reviewed by zubeala from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3
Don't come here for the food. It's not bad...but inconsistent. Crazy big selection from peanut butter and jelly to steaks.
Outside patio is dog friendly and heated in the colder months. In a great spot with other place to eat and drink within a block or two, just in case you run out of choice for beer (ha, ha). Crazy number of beers on tap, and many others in bottle or can. You could come here every night and never catch them all. The place is just cool. One side is wall covered in pennies, and the other in beer taps and bottles. Wait staff varies from good to weird, and sometimes not the most engaged, but it will not keep me away. I don't go here often on my own, but it is a great place to take out-of -towners.
Dec 29, 2017
Rated: 4.73 by Beerbuddha from Florida

Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by jmmochowski from Texas

Jul 22, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by skacer from Florida

May 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75
The decor is absolutely fascinating. Wonderfully enticing and mysterious bar.

Well over 100 taps, and an incredible list. More authentic German and Belgian taps than you will find at a specialty restaurant; American craft classics; rarities; aged options.

On my second visit, I went with a very high ABV pour: Prairie Bomb! Surprisingly, this came in a 6 oz pour. As this is one of my favorite beers, I went along with it. I was shocked when I got the check: $4.95. This beer hits my wallet to the tune of $10 per bottle at Total Wine; getting half the beer for half the price on tap? A very pleasant surprise (not that $5 for a 6 oz pour is cheap by any means). They could easily have gotten away with charging another $1-3 with very few complaints, given what I normally see Bomb! go for on tap and in stores.

Huge food menu, ambitious even; I wonder how they offer this kind of food selection while maintaining quality. Reading some of the older reviews, it seems that the answer is .... they don't. We'll see.

On two visits now, I have gone with a stuffed burger and fries, and a classic Cuban sandwich with fried onion petals. The Cuban was very good; the burger was excellent; the fries were quite poor; and the onion fries, while nothing special, were adequate.

Certainly, the food is nothing terrible; whatever this place used to offer, they're a step up from that. That said, from what I've sampled, it isn't great, either. Better than a dive bar, and more variety than normal pub fare. I may stick with the burgers from here on out.

One of the most impress overall tap lists I've ever seen, and when combined with the decor, just a phenomenal bar. I would live here if I could.
Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by J_Mueller from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75
In town for a business trip, visited here on a Sunday night. The beer selection is insane, over 200 beers on tap. Some great stuff on tap, was surprised to find Morning Wood, Wide Awake It's Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park on tap. Food menu is huge and it's just ok, but came here for the beer and wasn't disappointed. Live music made for a great vibe. Visited another place that is highly rated just around the corner and it was totally disappointing, wish we would have stayed at Kickbacks.
Mar 28, 2017
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Rated by valrxman from Florida

3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Coolest place in town. Huge tap list and great food. Worth the trip. Cheers
May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by GreesyFizeek from New York

Feb 11, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by CalebM from Florida

Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by max85 from Arizona

Dec 07, 2015
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Reviewed by Davidjkeeney from Florida

2.8/5  rDev -36.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3
My first visit was this year and was very disappointed after all my buddies hyped the place up. I had heard that ownership changed hands and since it has gone down hill. They have a great tap selection and I hear bottle selection but would have no idea since there is no way to find out. Let me elaborate, the tap selection is on a menu but every time I asked for something on the menu the response was "oh we don't have that anymore." What in the heck is the point of the menu, they tout having 180+ on tap but they have no idea what they have on tap, the servers have no clue about beer, beer style, or what is there. There is no bottle list, if you go to the website they talk about this huge cellar they have in the basement, well they have no list of what is in there, the servers haven't the slightest clue of what is in there, nothing is posted on the website and the app is a waist of your phones memory and space. The app is useless has no menu, the only thing its good for is pulling up the phone number. I am all for being creative and dressing yourself is your prerogative, however I have no idea what ownership is thinking, the servers and hostess, looked filthy un-bathed, unsanitary, one look and your thought is there is no way I want this person serving me food. I hate to be so harsh and I normally don't write reviews but this place was such a huge disappointment. I hate to say that I would return only for a drink for some of those hard to get limited brews on tap if I hear by word of mouth that its on tap. When it came to the food I thought there were some fantastic dishes and some that were not so good but for the most part good food I just wont order again, for aforementioned reasons. I wish management would wake up, this place has so much potential.
Sep 10, 2015
Rated: 4.53 by Hans_Olo from Georgia

Aug 09, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jul 25, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by donnyowens from Florida

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 4.45 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jun 18, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by Tim_Brack from Florida

Jun 08, 2015
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Rated by joec1965 from Florida

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.
May 14, 2015
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Reviewed by JaxBeerBear from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5
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.
Mar 13, 2015
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Rated by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Big food selection and even bigger beer selection. Even better now that renovation is finished.
Feb 27, 2015
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Reviewed by JohnK1366 from Texas

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.
Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 4.68 by Merizalde from Florida

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 5 by Drwpiersonindy from Florida

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 5 by Cbeury from Florida

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by iTunesUpdates from Florida

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by Bradkb70 from Florida

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by tviz33 from New York

Jul 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by dailyminefield from North Carolina

Jun 25, 2014
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Reviewed by JISurfer from South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -31.1%
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.
May 31, 2014
Rated: 5 by BierBliss from New Hampshire

Apr 04, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by BoilerUpNavy from Wisconsin

Mar 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by 904Will from California

Feb 18, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SDean82 from Florida

Feb 07, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by nickfl from Florida

Jan 22, 2014
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Reviewed by DMACH from Florida

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.
Jan 03, 2014
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