Without pubs, city dwellers looking to experience a neighborhood crawl would be forced to engage in less popular events such as baby racing or tattoo-parlor hopping. Avoid unnecessary ink with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of pub fare and drinks at Harpoon Louie’s.
Harpoon Louie’s menu dropkicks hunger with wings, Angus burgers, fresh seafood, and vegan-friendly salads in a neighborhood-pub atmosphere. Patrons can get mouths hangar-ready for a landing with an order of five buffalo wings in the popular Karl’s Way flavor ($4.99), or opt for the FAFSA-approved school-loan special, pairing 10 wings with a large pitcher of domestic ($14.99) or import ($16.99) beer. The fried wild-caught Georgia shrimp dinner heaps a helping of breaded, locally caught shrimp with fries and homemade coleslaw ($10.99), and the Texas Hold ‘Em burger, hand-pattied certified Angus beef grilled in jalapeños and topped with tijuana sauce, fresh salsa, and jalapeño-jack cheese ($8.29) challenges guests to don on their best poker face. Herbivores can munch on Harpoon’s summer salad, a blend of apples, grapes, candied pecans, and blue cheese crumble on a bed of mixed greens ($8.29). A sextet of $5 lunch specials is available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., including a grilled cheese panini with red onion and kalamata olives and a plate of fish nuggets, fried or blackened and served with choice of soup or salad.
A spacious back deck allows diners to enjoy a view of the nearby creek as they sip locally brewed drafts from Intuition Ale Works and Bold City Brewery. Occasional live music livens up the somewhat monotonous soundtrack of satisfied chomping, and farmers' market specials on weekends draw on fresh produce from the Jacksonville Farmers Market to help support the local agriculture community. Finish the night by choosing from wide swath of arcade games, including golf and bowling, Galaga and Ms. Pac-Man, and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing.