Since Tuesday is National Wine Day, now’s a good time to highlight some of the wine bars that dot Northeast Florida. Below are some of the places our staffers recommend checking out:
Restaurant Orsay (Jacksonville)
Lauren Verno: You always hear you get what you pay for, but that’s not true here. Orsay offers an amazing happy hour with $3-7 wines, and the atmosphere feels like everything should cost double. I’d recommend a glass of pinot noir with the truffle mac and cheese and $2 oysters. You won’t regret it.
Red’s Wine Bar (Green Cove Springs)
Travis Gibson: Located in historic downtown Green Cove Springs, Red’s offers a wide selection of wines from all over the world – from California to Australia – as well as live music, depending on the day.
The Wine Bar (Jacksonville Beach)
Carianne Luter: This Jacksonville Beach hangout has happy hour specials from 4 to 7 p.m. with $4 house wines. There are promotions throughout the week including Trivia Tuesdays and ladies night on Wednesdays.
Bonus Round... Bistro Aix (San Marco)
JaxBest: Last but not least is our reigning JaxBest champion, Bistro Aix. Located in the heart of the city’s San Marco neighborhood, this bistro’s menu features a variety of French and Mediterranean-inspired dishes, plus a selection of cocktails and wines that’ll please even the pickiest palettes.
Bistro Aix has also made the JaxBest list for best happy hour, which is 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wine by the glass is $7. (Read more)