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1904 Bar Opening Downtown

Metro Jacksonville gets an inside look at new nightlife and music venue 1904 Bar, set to open on March 7 (Art Walk) at its space on Ocean Street.

Published March 5, 2012 in Dining & Nightlife      11 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


About The Bar

The new venture is located at 19 N. Ocean St., next to LIT Downtown.

1904 Bar is a new concept by co-partners and owners Jason Hunnicutt, Duane De Castro, and Brian Eisle. All former business owners, the three discussed other ventures before settling on a true passion - music and the art of drinking. Originally looking for an open space in Springfield, they stumbled upon this lot in this larger bustling building on Ocean Street - built in 1904, hence the name. The concept and hope for the new place, with 2,600 square feet of workable space - is to marry music and spirits for a rebirth of cultural nightlife in the urban core. With little small-scale venues left to solely host musical acts (not just downtown, but in Jacksonville as a whole; only Freebird Live and Jackrabbit's seem left standing), the hope is to fill that void. They have already booked and plan to continue booking local acts and national ones alike. Ample floor space and a variety of seating caters to a standard bar outing, and they will serve beer and wine, with full liquor service possibly on the horizon. The guys hope to incorporate other interests and make the space available for art showings, fashion gigs, and useable event space for the public.


A large outdoor space out back will eventually be converted into a functioning deck/patio for additional hangout area.

Looking at the back door of the bar and skyline view.

Article and photos by Sarah Gojekian.



March 05, 2012, 08:09:17 AM
Looks like a very nice setup. I wish the guys longevity and success.


March 05, 2012, 08:35:55 AM
Good luck guys!  I hope your hard work pays off!


March 05, 2012, 09:03:55 AM
I popped in there at the last Art Walk and got to talk to the owners a bit. It's a really, really cool space. It has all the makings of a terrific addition to downtown.

Wacca Pilatka

March 05, 2012, 09:34:40 AM
Sure looks promising.  Way to go, best wishes, and thank you for your dedication to improving downtown.


March 05, 2012, 11:05:03 AM
The space and location look promising...hopefully the ambiance/atmosphere/decor is stepped up before opening...but I'm always happy for any establishment opening in the core.


March 05, 2012, 12:14:45 PM
"hopefully the ambiance/atmosphere/decor is stepped up before opening"

Huh?  It's not a dance club.  Aren't those things WAY less important at a live music venue?


March 05, 2012, 12:30:23 PM
i like it. What used to be there?


March 05, 2012, 01:06:17 PM
^Scooter shop and also a tobacco shop.


March 05, 2012, 01:26:49 PM
Great. Someday I willl get that weekly Jacksonville Pub Walk (tour) together and this is another potential stop or ending location.


March 05, 2012, 01:38:22 PM
Wednesday is Art Walk... Many use that night as a pub crawl... 8)

jerry cornwell

March 07, 2012, 06:18:38 PM
Nice Rock n Roll   turn it up loud!
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