Get Your Drink On at These Top Watering Holes

By Kristopher Neild, Travel Expert

The bar scene of the Palm Beach/West Palm Beach area has a lot to offer those looking for a fun nightlife spot. From establishments best enjoyed for their happy hour specials to venues that keep the party going late into the night, this list helps you map out your night on the town.

Clematis Street in downtown West Palm has a ton to offer the bar-hopper and makes checking out a few different prospects easier than ever. For the widest selection of beer, head over to World of Beer down by the fountains. Enjoy a local favorite at the bar or take a chance on a new brew out on the covered patio. This spot is great for trivia and themed nights so be sure to check out their online calendar to take advantage of those.

On Atlantic Avenue in Delray, there is a little something for everyone. Boston’s on the Beach is great if you’re coming in from some time spent at the beach. The menu and drinks are great and there is live music most nights. Up by the Intracoastal Waterway, the Blue Anchor offers an authentic British pub experience. The pints are 20 ounces and the happy hour deals can’t be beat. This place is best enjoyed on Saturday nights when the live music night is the British Invasion. 

10. The Blue Anchor British Pub
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The Blue Anchor is a British Pub and Restaurant in Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue serving up brewed favorites from across the pond. There is a lot of history tied up in the Blue Anchor, with its doors and stained glass windows having been shipped straight from its original location in London. With that kind of history, you can assume that the British specialty hot pies, served with Guinness gravy, have to be delicious. The pub boasts classic rock music Thursday and Friday nights, as well as British Invasion on Saturday nights. Happy hour seven days a week with $4 20oz pints is enough of a reason to check the place out, never mind the fact the place is rumored to be haunted!

9. LongBoards Restaurant
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LongBoards, on Clematis in downtown West Palm, is a casual restaurant and bar with a surfer theme and a menu full of seafood favorites. It's a great place for oysters and lobster, and the all-you-can-eat snow crab nights fill the place. There are great beers on tap and food specials, like $5 appetizers during happy hour each week. The seafood theme carries over into Sunday brunch along with bottomless mimosas and breakfast favorites like French toast. There is seating outside in the front to enjoy the views of downtown and a patio in the back with live music on occasion.

8. World of Beer
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World of Beer is located on Clematis, right across from the fountains in downtown West Palm Beach. The venue has a great bar scene inside and a quiet patio outside, offering patrons whatever atmosphere they're in the mood for. Just as the name suggests, there are over 500 craft beers available - happy hour specials during the week make sampling them all a bit easier on the wallet. The menu is really helpful for figuring out the flavors and origins of the specialty beers. There is also live music going on Friday and Saturday nights and plenty of TVs to catch the big game of the week.

7. Roxy's Pub
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Roxy's is a multi-storied, multi-faceted Irish pub and nightclub located on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. On the bottom floor, sports and drinking fans gather around the taps to drink worldly suds and watch Florida sports teams take on the opposition. Up top on the roof deck, you can look out over the city after grabbing a drink at one of the two bar stations. Later in the evening, house music blasts and music videos play on the projection screen. A pretty wild dance party usually ensues, where things can get about as crazy as you let them. This is a great place to end a night on Clematis.

6. Respectable Street
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For more than ten years now – even before Clematis Street got its new lease on life – Respectable has been a mainstay in the area. The combination dance club / live music venue is a haven for the alternative crowd and those looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Most nights, DJs play a variety of electronic and industrial music for patrons to jam to on the dance floor. At other times, you'll find performances by local and national bands who have a unique sound and are more hardcore than typical music fans appreciate. Along with good drink specials, other attractions include ska, punk, and rock performers, plus whatever's uncategorizable and intriguing.

5. E.R. Bradley's Saloon
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Once a private gambling establishment in Palm Beach, Bradley's now sits at the base of Clematis Street near the intracoastal waterway. This local favorite is especially popular with business types and Palm Beach families, who come to enjoy the familiarity of the hometown crowd and partake of the great food. In the evenings, once the dinner rush has died down, the night really begins to take hold. DJs spin Top 40 and beach music, and bar-goers head to the floor and dance with abandon. Theme nights add to the revelry, and four bars guarantee that no one goes thirsty. If you're in the mood to drink, socialize, and boogie, stop over any night, and you'll see the camaraderie that develops.

4. Copper Blues
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Copper Blues is a new brewpub located on the second floor of City Place in Downtown West Palm Beach (next to Improv). The over 60 beers on tap (mix of local crafts, microbrews, IPAs and more) compliment the scrumptious bar bites, burgers, etc. They have a stage in the center of the place that draws some of the hottest local rock and blues acts. Acts are typically booked for Wed-Sat and posted on the joint's website and facebook page. Open since the middle of May, Copper Blues has been welcoming packed houses and drawing rave reviews from its new customer base.

3. Bar Louie
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Located by the Clematis Street fountain, Bar Louie is definitely worth checking out for a couple of beers and a delicious meal. The atmosphere is great, whether you're downstairs by the bar or enjoying a little more space in the upstairs seating area. The menu has a large selection of appetizers to dabble in, or try one of their sandwiches. With TVs all around, this is a great spot to catch the game or enjoy the live music in the evenings on off nights. Go on Wednesdays for $1 burger night and great drink specials or stop in for the daily happy hour from 4-7 PM.

2. Boston's on the Beach
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Boston's on the Beach has been serving New England style seafood and local catch to the Delray Beach locals and tourists for over 35 years now. Situated just steps from the beach, the atmosphere at Boston's is what keeps people returning for a second visit. With over 30 TV's to enjoy the big games and live music every night, the entertainment keeps bumping long after the sun has set and the beach hours are over. The menu consists of salads, sandwiches, and lots of seafood selections. There are ample signature drinks to enjoy while taking in the ocean views.

1. Square Grouper
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The Square Grouper is a local institution located on the Jupiter inlet. It is a tiki hut bar with live music nightly. There are multiple points of service where you can get a great rum drink while listening to the musical stylings of local reggae, acoustic and beach "y" music. One of the cool parts of the Square Grouper is how you can walk out onto the docks at night and check out the famous Jupiter Lighthouse. The water is clear blue, and utilizing the local marina's boat lights allows you to see an abundance of fish right at your feet. The Square Grouper is a great place to bring a date, or just to chill out on a cool summer night.