Kickbacks Gastropub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(904) 388-9551 | map

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Added by CampusCrew on 11-26-2008

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Reviews by azorie:
Photo of azorie
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gatch
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.

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Photo of zubeala
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of jmmochowski
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of skacer
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of J_Mueller
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.

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Photo of valrxman
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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of CalebM
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of max85
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Davidjkeeney
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.

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Photo of Hans_Olo
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of donnyowens
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Tim_Brack
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of joec1965
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.

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Photo of FedorableDrummr
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of JaxBeerBear
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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
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.

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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.

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Photo of Merizalde
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Drwpiersonindy
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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