In 2011, Burro Bar opened its doors for the first time, pioneering downtown Jacksonville’s now burgeoning live music scene and setting the tone for the new entertainment district, The Elbow.
As a craft beer dive with a live music problem, Burro Bar has always been an experiment in collaboration amongst friends. The Burro Bar concept began when veteran bar owner and local champion of the DIY scene, Ian Ranne approached Chris Williams and Jack Twachtman of Burro Bags about re-opening the old London Bridge Pub on the corner of Ocean and Adams. As beer lovers and musicians, the guys simply couldn’t turn down the prospect of having their own live music venue a stones throw from their messenger bag and apparel shop. Fellow Shantytown Pub owner Marianne Purcell and bartender extraordinaire Matt Hume joined the fun and Burro Bar was born.
To give their bar the personality it deserved, the gang looked to their artistic friends – Matt Abercrombie, Shaun Thurston, Crystal Floyd, Clay Doran and Jesse Whitacker – to breathe new life into what would fast become many beer drinkers’ favorite new watering hole.
In the years that followed Burro Bar’s opening, it has developed quite the reputation for its impressive selection of craft beers and as the place to see both local and national up-and-coming bands get their start.