The Duck Tavern, a local hole-in-the-wall, caters to a more diverse crowd age-wise than the nightclubs of Mizner Park, but it's great for munching on wings while, sipping on cold beer and people watching. The place is as unpretentious as they come, and happy hour prices can't be beat.
At Vino Wine Bar, more than 280 bottles are available by the glass, and with a kitchen that stays open until midnight serving Italian tapas, you'll never be hungry. The tiny place, located in an unassuming strip mall, has the feel of a jazz club from a bygone era once you enter. Nightly live entertainment rounds out the experience.
Featuring entertainment, culture, dining, and shopping galore, this open-air mall is a city mainstay and one of the area's most upscale venues. Many of the restaurants transform into nightclubs as the hour gets late, and you'll find everything from see-and-be-seen bars to chill Irish Pubs. There's also an eight-screen movie theater for a more family-friendly nightlife scene.
With a great outdoor seating area complete with a projector for sports and a pool table inside, the Black Rose is a popular place to relax with locals. Come on Thursdays for karaoke night or any night for billiards, darts and sports on the flat-screens.
The Funky Buddha combines two great things: excellent microbrewed beer and hookahs. Set in a dark, candlelit lounge, this bar has a great atmosphere, especially when a live jazz set plays in the background. In addition to the beers brewed on site, the Funky Buddha pours 110 other craft beers, 40 types of loose leaf tea and packs their hookahs with 40 flavors of shisha.
Housed in a 1920s home, this two-level restaurant and club boasts artistic appeal. If you've come to nibble, try the sugar cane-skewered beef tenderloin over soba noodle salad, or a full serving of penne pasta with crab, brie, sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus in a lemon butter sauce. Live bands, poetry slams and fashion shows delight guests, who lounge on couches and enjoy the live entertainment offered at this intimate, relaxed spot.
If your idea of a good night out involves a friendly neighborhood bar with good beer and good food, then go to the Lion & Eagle English Pub. There's nothing flashy about this place, but that's part of its charm. It's also one of the best places in Boca Raton to catch a European soccer match.
Aside from being a relaxing place to sip on some wine, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar's main draw is its well-maintained humidor stocked with sticks at every price point. It's nicer than your typical bar, filled with sofas and armchairs where you can kick back and watch a game or catch up with friends.
The jovial atmosphere of this Mizner Park pub is only matched by the excellent Irish pub grub. The pub draws a friendly crowd and is serviced by friendly staff. Smithwicks, hard cider and Guinness on draft are perfect for washing down that Shepherd's Pie while you listen to the night's live music offerings or watch the big game on TV.
Even though Yard House is a chain, it's certainly worth a visit for the extensive beer selection and tasty menu of pub grub. If you're unsure about what beer to try, the staff are always happy to pour samples. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and the service is always prompt and friendly.
Local Expert tip: Try the truffle fries.