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Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery

Catch a movie before or after your visit to this Tinseltown favorite

Brewmaster Aaron Nesbit brews five in-house specialties like Southside Pilsner Lager and Toll Tender IPA.
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Sean Thomas pours a Southern Flyer Light Lager at Seven Bridges Grille & Brewery.
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Brewmaster: Aaron Nesbit

9735 Gate Parkway N., Southside

997-1999

7bridgesgrille.com

11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; full bar, lunch, dinner, late night

Prolific in all things shopping plaza, the Southside of Jacksonville would be a small-batch brewing wasteland but for Seven Bridges. Like Ragtime and A1A Ale Works, Seven Bridges is owned by Gordon Biersch, which is in turn owned by CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, but that doesn’t mean the brewing staff can’t get creative.

General Manager Jesus Gardipee said that brewer Aaron Nesbit will frequently brew a small batch — usually a keg — and let patrons know via Facebook when they plan to tap it. But don’t wait around for the weekend to try it.

“He’ll put it out on Thursday and it’ll usually be gone by Friday,” Gardipee said.

In addition to the five in-house specialties like Southside Pilsner Lager and Toll Tender IPA, Seven Bridges serves made-from-scratch vittles and a full bar’s worth of liquor and wine. With plenty of seating inside and out amid the contemporary décor, you’ll often find a gaggle of professionals playing pool and rubbing elbows with a good-time gang who may or may not make their movie time at the adjacent Cinemark Tinseltown theater. After all, when the beer is flowing and music and laughter fills the air, who cares if the most recent installment of Madea’s mad moneymaking movies is a hit or miss?

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