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The British paper The Guardian has been running a series of top 10 lists for each state. Today was the "Top 10 live music venues" and two Jax spots are very deserving included:

Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville

Look out for the red door to find this discreet venue, tucked away in a nondescript strip on Hendricks Avenue. It has a great sound setup and acoustics, and is one of the most consistent live-music-focused venues in north Florida. It brings indie acts to Jacksonville for intimate shows by everyone from Dan Deacon to Yo La Tengo.

Underbelly, Jacksonville

Originally a backyard speakeasy in Jacksonville's historic Five Points neighbourhood, Underbelly is now in the heart of downtown with a huge, just-renovated space that features a state-of-the-art soundstage, a sizable craft beer selection (check out brews from their local Intuition brewery on tap), and some pretty good barbecue to boot. Underbelly has been a crucial part of the recent wave of revitalisation in Jacksonville's urban core.

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They also have a list of Florida bars.  Two from Jacksonville area are on it.
Dos Gatos, Jacksonville

Fresh cocktails here are perhaps the best in Florida. On the bar sits an enormous tray with fresh ingredients and if you sit by the bar you get hit with aromas of lime, chilli peppers, mint and a host of other ingredients. Watching the drinks being made is almost, but not quite, as enjoyable as drinking them. Combine that with exposed brick walls, a tin ceiling, a fireplace and an eclectic mix of music, and you have one of the state's ultimate cocktail lounges. Popular with the tattooed crowd, for sure, but a place that welcomes anyone. And the painting of the Spanish woman behind the bar really has a way of engaging your eyes.
• 123 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, +1 904 354 0666,


Pete's is one block from beautiful Neptune Beach, but it is not a beach bar. In fact, there isn't really a view outside. It's a dive with a lot of history, and it's one of those bars that feels like a museum or time capsule. It's Duval County's oldest bar and used to be a grocery store before becoming a bar when Prohibition ended in 1933. One of the owners brought back a lot of souvenirs from the second world war and they are now displayed above the bar, mostly German guns and knives. Photos depict family members hanging out with Fidel Castro and Ernest Hemingway in Cuba. It was featured in the John Grisham novel The Brethren. And it makes some of the strongest drinks in Florida at very reasonable prices. It has cheap pool tables and a very loyal following of regulars.
• 117 1st St, Neptune Beach, +1 904 249 9158
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I am not sure where to post an upcoming show at Jack Rabbits without disrupting the structure of the forum. Haxprocess a new Progressive Metal Band based in Jacksonville will perform at Jack Rabbits on Saturday, October 24th at 8:00 PM.

Here is a link to their YouTube Channel: