If you have been out in downtown West Palm Beach over the past few years – whether around City Place or Clematis Street – then you've noticed the crowds have resembled a mixture of South Beach ravers and wannabe aristocrats. Gone are the days when you could sip mojitos and martinis and hold intelligible conversation, while listening to soft music.
Nights now consist of pushing through crowds to get to the bar, slamming fireball shots and screaming at whoever you're with. We're not saying this is a bad thing, but it's not for everyone.
Enter Camelot Yacht Club. The new hybrid nightclub, put into place by South Florida club aficionado Rodney Mayo, establishes an aura similar to those held by the original Bradley's and Conchy Joe's. There are pictures on the walls of the Kennedys, a hologram-like sailboat projection on the back wall and an upscale and classy customer base.
Camelot Yacht Club in West Palm Beach — Photo courtesy of Camelot Yacht Club
This place is the perfect spot for the yacht-owning types who park their vessels and want a place to come and enjoy each other's company without having to deal with riff-raff. Yes, that sounds pretentious, but there really has not been a dedicated watering hole for the Palm Beachers across the intracoastal for awhile. They have basically shunned West Palm for the last decade.
Camelot hopes to change that.
There are two bars, both serving up delicious specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer. There is no well liquor at Camelot, only top-shelf. The proprietors have assuredly stated liquor will be priced reasonably, though.
For those who like to snack when they drink and socialize, Rick's Lobsta Bar serves up New England seafood small-plate style from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
There is a dance floor near a large fish tank, perfect for couples looking to rock and sway to Jimmy Buffet or whatever the sail-boaters are listening to these days. Live music will happen on weekends. Just check Camelot's Facebook page for details on performances.
Camelot is the type of place the Kennedys would have frequented — Photo courtesy of Camelot Yacht Club
The tricky part about Camelot is that it's currently semi-private; this means you need to know someone with a membership to get in, or apply for one on their website.
When you go to apply, there are about 10 questions you need to answer, questions like "What are your favorite bands?" and "What's your favorite glass of wine?" Be sure to channel your inner yachtie before responding.
All in all, the Camelot Yacht Club is something West Palm has needed for quite some time. If you're planning to visit the area soon, then spend a bit of time getting your membership in order before the trip down.