Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Up on the Roof

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Up on the Roof

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Byline: Phillip Heilman

Looking to mix up your dining or happy hour routine? Just look up. Jacksonville doesn't boast many rooftop bars and restaurants, but the few that do call the city home are worth bragging about. Here's a look at five worth trying.

BURRITO GALLERY

Location: 90 Riverside Ave.

Experience: A burrito, a margarita and a view - it's difficult to top that. One of three Burrito Gallery locations in Northeast Florida, the Brooklyn Station restaurant offers a look at the downtown skyline (and the Times-Union) in addition to its Tex-Mex menu and multiple flat-screen TVs at the upstairs bar. Sit back with a Tecate and some tacos or really get the night going with a cucumber margarita. If you look close, sometimes you can even see boats sailing down the St. Johns River.

INTUITION ALE WORKS

Location: 929 E. Bay St.

Experience: Opened last September, the Intuition Ale Works brewery really is Easy on the Eyes. (If you don't get that joke, check out their list of beers on tap.) One of the city's leaders in craft brews since originally opening in Riverside in 2010, Intuition's new location is perfect for anyone who enjoys the vibes in the heart of downtown. Look out from the rooftop bar, and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville and EverBank Field are short walks away - ideal for grabbing a drink before a Jumbo Shrimp or Jaguars home game. A menu stocked with Black Sheep food fare doesn't hurt either.

HOPTINGER BIER GARDEN & SAUSAGE HOUSE

Location: 1037 Park St.

Experience: What was once known as Peterson's 5 & Dime is quickly earning a reputation as one of the better spots in town. Downstairs, Hoptinger is regularly packed - with beers on tap, brats on the menu and guests ordering quite a bit of both. Upstairs, the newest rooftop bar in Jacksonville offers a full view of the entire Five Points strip and into Riverside. …

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