Things to do in Jacksonville

As the largest city in Florida and situated on St. Johns River, Jacksonville is a place that offers a vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to relax for a romantic dinner overlooking the water, hit a see-and-be-seen Happy Hour or go dancing into the wee hours, you can find it all in Jacksonville.

Below is a guide to nightlife in Jacksonville, Florida.

* The Jacksonville Landing

One hotspot for tourists and locals alike is the Jacksonville Landing. This entertainment complex runs along St. Johns River, and it is home to countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs and stores.

The Landing is home the trendy and popular the Twisted Martini. Whether you want to cool off with a Key Lime martini or forget your problems in a Natural Blonde martini, you can find it here.

The Twisted Martini has a really cool lounge, and you can enjoy people watching at its best. The tapas at the Twisted Martini nicely complement the drinks. And once you’ve indulged in a martini or two, you will be less shy about getting on the dance floor.

If this scene is a bit too hip for your tastes, do not despair. You may prefer riding the bull or joining a line dance at Mavericks Rock N’ Honky Tonk, which is also located at the Landing.

This giant Western bar and nightclub occupies over 20,000 feet. You can hear great live music here, including acoustic performances. National acts such as Travis Tritt also tour here.

The atmosphere is lively at Mavericks. So dust off your boots, and plan to enjoy a night of chugging some beer and listening to country music.

Given you may just want a nice dinner while at the Landing, then check out Vito’s Italian Cafe or Koja’s Sushi. Both places provide good food with an incredible view of the river.

* Fine dining

Jacksonville offers a number of fine dining choices, as does any major city. A couple of recommendations include Matthew’s Restaurant and The Row Restaurant.

Matthew’s Restaurant is owned and run by renowned Chef Matthew Medure, who earned the AAA Five Diamond Award while he worked at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island.

Matthew’s culinary visions are brought to life at this spectacular restaurant that blends many cuisines: Mediterranean, Southern, Middle Eastern and Asian. If you want a highly memorable dining experience, you will find it here.

Another great Jacksonville dining establishment is The Row Restaurant, which is located in the Riverdale Inn. This historic mansion dates back to 1895, and it is a truly charming place.

The Row offers everything you could want and then more: cozy ambiance, outstanding cuisine, excellent wine list, incredible service. If you are out to celebrate an anniversary or just want a really special night, you should put The Row at the top of your list.

* Live music, sports events and other entertainment

Being such a large city, Jacksonville constantly offers concerts and other events such as professional sports by the Jacksonville Jaguars. For a great listing of current events and things to do, visit www.jaxevents.com. It has all kinds of up to date information that you will find very helpful.