Party all night long in Jax Beach
Natives of Jacksonville Florida have always been drawn to Jacksonville Beach, not just to frolic in the sand, but also to partake in the diverse nightlife offered all up and down A1A. Back in the 60’s, the boardwalk consisted of a row of penny arcades, rich with all kinds of games for the kids, corndogs and cotton candy stands, roller coasters, merry go rounds and a Ferris wheel. Mothers would take their kids to the beach for a day of surfing, and then turn them loose on the arcades at night while they holed up in some beach bar on the boardwalk. With Mayport Naval Base just a few miles up on A1A, the boardwalk attracted a diverse crowd of locals, sailors and transients, gaining a reputation of a fun, if somewhat sleazy place to spend a Friday night.
Today, the boardwalk is still there, but gone are the arcades, rides, and the fair like atmosphere. In keeping with Jacksonville Beaches’ determination to attract a higher class of clientele, the sleaze factor has been virtually eliminated. On “the strip” - spanning on First Street from Beach Blvd. north to about 6th Ave. - you’ll find an oyster bar, numerous clubs and restaurants, the Seawalk Pavilion and festival grounds, and live music pretty much nightly.
By no means the only place to party in Jax Beach, the strip offers ample parking and a wide variety of partying options all within walking distance of each other. Let’s take a look at some of the night life in Jacksonville Beach.
Just across from the pier is The Ritz, a large square shaped stand alone building sitting all by itself on one of JB's major beach parking lots. A great place to meet, the Ritz, a local hangout since 1945, serves no food and consists of a huge square bar in the middle, some pool tables on the sides, and some bathrooms. In spite of its Spartan floor plan, people start arriving at happy hour, and by 10 or 11 pm the place is packed. On weekends there's usually a DJ for your dancing pleasure.
The Ocean Club
Right across the street, you'll find the Ocean Club, a large dance club with
three rooms inside and a deck on the boardwalk. On big party nights they will
have three different DJs going! The Ocean Club does serve food,
but most people are there to party, not to eat! An especially popular spot on
summer weekend afternoons, sun worshipers sit out on the patio drinking and
dancing to live Reggae after a day on the beach.