Serious reggae music fans know that one of the must-visit places in Jacksonville is De Real Ting Café. Located at 128 W. Adams St. in the heart of Downtown, De Real Ting has been a fixture in the Caribbean music scene in Jacksonville since 1997. Operating as a Caribbean restaurant by day and a nightclub after dark, De Real Ting offers something for everyone. The club hosts weekly events including Island Fridays and Reggae Riddims on Saturdays, as well as birthday parties and other celebrations. Since its opening, De Real Ting has also brought some of the biggest names in reggae music to Jacksonville, including Morgan Heritage, Elephant Man, and Everton Blender.
One of the newest offerings is Out-of-Towners Saturdays, hosted every third Saturday of each month. As its name suggests, all patrons with a valid out-of-town ID get in free and enjoy free drinks as well. In addition, ‘out-of-towners’ also have the opportunity to win cash and other prizes. And everyone, whether local or from out of town, will hear the best in classic and current reggae music served up by Jacksonville’s own selector, D.J. Ian, host of the weekly Reggae Vibrations show on 93.3 The Beat, alongside Mixmaster Prince and D.J. Pete.
Doors open at 9 p.m. but things don’t usually get hyped until midnight or later. VIP/reserved table privileges are available by calling ahead. Call 904-633-9738 for more information, and make sure to subscribe to my column to find out the latest events happening at the club, including an appearance by Spragga Benz this coming Friday, April 16. See you there!