|12/08/2010 - 2:37pm||Downtown/Riverside/Avondale/San Marco Jax Bars||
I have lived in Jax for the last 3 years. This city is actually pretty fun; definitely more family oriented but still some cool places. Jax is a city of neighborhoods, so you'll have to venture out of Downtown to find some good pockets of places to hang. However, within 5-10 minutes of Downtown (or in Downtown) I would definitely recommend the follwoing places:
Riverside (westside/just out of Downtown): probably the "coolest" non-beach area in Jax for the 20-something crowd - only about 5 minutes (max) from Downtown
Avondale: wealthy enclave just past Riverside. Homes remind you of the north (think Grosse Pointe). Small shopping district with high-end restaurants and boutiques.
San Marco: wealthy enclave on the "south" bank of Jax (opposite side of the river from the Stadium). Mansions and historic homes. Another small shopping district with high-end restaurants and boutiques.