West Palm Beach & Lake Worth -
below are the best places to drink, dance, dine, and wine. And hear some good music...
Here are "P's Picks" for the good places to visit - worth a daytrip or an overnight, for sure!
West Palm is “my kinda town” and if I didn’t love Delray so much, I’d live there. The fountains that go off at the end of Clematis – watching children frolic in the water there – is a real treat. As is the expansive water view when you look out over the Intracoastal along Flagler. Downtown West Palm Beach has a great vibe all its own, and I’m glad you are checking it out. Stroll Clematis, drive up and down Olive and Flagler, visit the Ann Norton Art Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Flagler RR Museum, and check out Rag Tops if you love cars and “the Old Days”. Now, without further ado… my personal recommendations for where to drink – dine - dance! And more…
Well you have to at least once out on “The Island” – and Testa’s and 264 Grille are my faves for really nice food in a nice atmosphere. But then I also love the Colony Hotel (sometimes they have Jazz or Motown!). A good call -- the Leopard Lounge for dinner, drinks, dancing at the Chesterfield Hotel. Just explore Palm Beach Island – you will find plenty of great dining and wining experiences! Cucina Dell Arte on Royal Poinciana Way is great Italian food and becomes a hot nightspot after dining hours.
Another good Italian restaurant is Amici is at 375 South County Road Palm Beach, FL 33480 561.832.0201
Downtown West Palm, I very much like:
Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club, elegant, with outstanding French and American cuisine. At 301 Australian Avenue Palm Beach, FL 33480 561.655.6060.
Now, when you are out for the evening in West Palm Beach, you choose between City Place – a newer, modern shopping and dining complex styled like an open Mediterranean merchant plaza – loaded with name brand stores and restaurants (chains like Legal Seafood, The Cheesecake Factory, etc. Both of these are very good, by the way.) – and the Downtown area, Clematis Street…lined with restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops. A free shuttle allows you to visit both areas if you have time – it’s only an 8-minute ride from City Place to Clematis St. and both have their own feel, their own good vibe.
Off the beaten path is a neat little wine bar called THE BLIND MONK with tastey tapas items and an outstanding selection of wines and beers. Chic yet cozy. Say hi to Nick the bartender, my pal. :-) 410 Evernia Street West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561 833 3605
In City Place on the 2nd floor is one of those places that is upscale or dress down, and a sister restaurant to one of my Delray faves, City Oyster. Check out the 10,000-bottle wine collection on display at City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, 700 South Rosemary Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.366.0071. A diverse menu featuring steaks, chops, fish and pasta complements the many wines.
City Place has all the shopping (Macy’s, Banana Republic…)you could want and I DO like to “Shop ‘N Sip” on a Saturday afternoon with the girls – you know, go into a store, then a bar, store, then bar… Hey – maybe I’ll make that one of my SoFla Wine & Dine Club outings.
Steak Lovers take note: Morton's The Steakhouse is pricey but they do know their steak, at 777 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401 561.835.9664. USDA Prime aged beef, live Maine lobsters, fresh fish, hand-selected vegetables and elegant desserts – talk to me if you want a private dining/event room there for up to 80 guests.
The spot that tops my casual places list is E.J. Bradley’s, on Flagler at the very east end of Clematis St. Open deck seating, covered or uncovered patio seating, and indoor seating available. Food is very good and the place is just plain fun. The staff is friendly (yay!) and the view of the Intracoastal is divine. They make a good mimosa and Sunday is actually my favorite day to go hang out there. If you go to Bradley’s, you have to stroll the sidewalk along the water’s edge either before or after you drink and dine. It’s so calming and pretty. Or do like me and some friends did one night when we were feeling no pain after a concert at the Amphitheater beside Bradley’s…pay one of the pedicab dudes to ride you up and down the water’s edge! Man, that was fun – we were cracking up the whole time and waving at all the people who were staring at us like we were nuts.
O'Sheas Irish Pub at 531 Clematis St. is just great. What can I say. The good beers, the laughs, the good pub environment. Have a pint and a smile....
Well of course the #1 place to see Live Music in West Palm Beach is the Kravis Center! They get a great variety of acts and it's so fun to get dressed up and take in a show! On Okeechobee Blvd, east of 95.
B.B. King's Music Club - the man himself is coming in May 2010. This place gets top acts - professional blues/jazz/rock and roll bands and musicians. Located on the Upper Level of City Place, downtown West Palm Beach.
The city does Free Concerts at Meyer Amphitheater (on Flagler, downtown) - check the city's website for the schedule. Lots of fun and you can run for a drink and a bite at Bradley's or bring your own picnic.
Just for Drinks
Again, O'Sheas Irish Pub on the west end of downtown (on Clematis) is a GREAT pub to sit and have a beer or cocktail. Lotsa locals, good tunes, and if you like the Irish pub environment, this one is textbook.
Sand Dollar Bar on Forest Hill is a dive with good beers and food! A great pitstop! All open air but covered.
Hotels for a getway
Love The Colony Hotel – feels like Old Florida, classy bar, sometimes you’ll catch jazz – yay! 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561) 655-5430
The Hibiscus House is a neat little Bed & Breakfast with lovely furnishings and a cozy, quaint feel – something I much prefer to a chain hotel, no matter how nice the chain.
501 30th Street West Palm Beach, FL 33407 (561) 863-5633
Other Places of Note:
West Palm Beach has some cool things about it that you may want to know about. Like:
-The fountains that shoot off every few minutes at the east end of Clematis Street, downtown.
-The free concerts in the summer at Meyer Amphitheater on the Intracoastal.
-The Ann Norton Museum and Sculpture Garden..too cool.
-Ragtops – neat, neat place to pop into. All sorts of vintage cars, a vintage drive-in, and old automotive paraphernalia.You can use the place for events… see my event planning services!
-POLO! Anyone can go to a polo match, no Bentley needed. Visit Wellington polo fields between January and April and take in a match. Kids love it, too!
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SUNFEST in May in downtown West Palm along the Intracoastal is a blast - I go every year - there is nothing so fun as drinking and dancing on those party barges! Woo-HOO!
I lived in Lake Worth briefly and now I venture up there about once a month. Lake Avenue, lined with bars, cafes, and cool stores...is like a less cosmopolitan, slower-paced, more eclectic Alantic Avenue. It is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. Here are the stops you should make:
South Shores Tavern and Patio Bar at 502 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460
I like it more for the “Margaritaville” atmosphere, drinking, and live music than for the food. But South Shores' moderately priced menu boasts generous portions – indoor and outdoor seating – cool back patio with stage.
For a unique atmosphere and surroundings, you’ve gotta dine at Bizarre Café on Lake Ave just west of Dixie Hwy. Too cool! All sorts of mismatched furnishings and odds and ends clutter the place, most of which is available for purchase! Food is good, not outstanding, but I do like going here. It’s fun to see the reaction on people’s faces when you walk them into the place. Upstairs or downstairs seating. Check it out!
As you head East on Lake Ave from Dixie Hwy (which is US1 there) into downtown, you’ll see several bars and restaurants on both sides. Here are my faves:
Brogue’s Irish Pub on the south side of Lake Ave in the heart of downtown Lake Worth. Lively, fun, bright, clean. Good food and friendly bartenders – something that’s very important to me and unfortunately not so common in South Florida. The grub is real good here and so is the beer selection!
Dave’s Last Resort is the place to eat! Fried oyster po’ boy, Buffalo shrimp wrap, good burgers – all around good “bar food”, sandwiches, etc. And always the sports games on TVs all around the bar. A locals favorite. Always good for catching NFL games.
In town, on J St. between Lake and Lucerne, is Dolce Vita. A cozy, adorable wine bar with just 6 barstools and yet a great wine selection. Tell Jay and Asher Priscilla sent you – I’ve laughed and yacked with them on many an evening!
I should also mention the Old Key Lime House in Lantana, just south of Lake Worth. Here, the Intracoastal is a lake dug out by the Army Corps of Engineers a few decades ago. You can come by boat or jetski (or a boring old car.) Very casual, very fun, and very good food. Great bloody mary’s and a good burger or mahi mahi sandwich. I just love the “chickee bar” – the Bahamian name for a Tiki Bar. And yep – they have the frustrating “ring on a string – good luck hooking it” game too.
East on Lake Ave still further down near Federal Hwy is Havana Hideout. LOVE IT! Owner Chrissy is a sweetheart. The salsa and chips are the bomb as is the homemade, various flavors of both white and red Sangrias. Yummy Mexican food and a cute, quaint, eclectic courtyard and deck to sit in (on)… and often, great live music, too. On a Sunday afternoon this is a great hang out.
On the beach in Lake Worth – O M G – the cutest little beach bar. Blink and you’ll miss it. Benny’s. Food and beer/wine, on the sand at the Pier. Too cool. Good 'diner type' food in the indoor restaurant on the Pier by Benny's.
Wanna spend the night in Lake Worth?
I’ve stayed at the Hummingbird Hotel in town. Older building and furnishings but clean and nice and very reasonable.
31 Lucerne Avenue Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 582-3224
Quaint and lovely - try the Mango Inn. You'll get a gourmet breakfast with your room and one touch I love - complementary wine when you check in. !! Oh Yeah! Tell the sisters who run it that Priscilla sent you.
128 North Lakeside Drive Lake Worth, FL 33460 (561) 533-6900
Upscale Restaurants, Drink & Dine
Even the pricey places in Lake Worth are a bit lower priced than their slightly snooty neighbors, Delray or West Palm, which is nice.
I just love that Italian food and of course one of my preferred Lake Worth restaurants for a nice dinner and a good wine is Couco Pazzo, at 915 Lake Ave. (just west of US1). (561) 585-0320. Excellent chicken and pasta dishes, unique/interesting appetizers, and good service which isn’t always so easy to find.
Very cool place that I recomment: MARA'S, with indoor lounge, plus large dining area, plus a big patio and a lawn - IDEAL for EVENTS~ just ask Priscilla if you want help with coordinating, or for inquiries on pricing, call and speak to Michelle and ask for the Priscilla discount. :) 1132 N. Dixie Hwy (11 blocks north of Lake Ave) - serving dinner and a fabulous Sunday Brunch - well worth a visit!
L’Anjou is a French Restaurant in downtown Lake Worth that I so want to like but once in a while it is inconsistently not the best. I’ve had good and “just ok” experiences here but it’s worth a mention because it does have very nice atmosphere, reasonable prices for French food, and good cooking. Start with an appetizer and if it doesn’t please, stop there and move on – but every now and then this place can wow you. 717 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth (561) 582-7666
A few miles south in Lantana, The Station House is worth a visit. On Lantana Road about a mile east of 95 sits this historic landmark eatery with lobster as their claim to fame. It is popular and reservations are a good idea. (561) 547-9487.
Other Places to Note:
A few things to check out in Lake Worth, outside of the bar, restaurant, and nighttime spots – are:
-The mini boardwalk at the beach – a step back in time, priceless! They fight to keep it so every year! T-shirt shop, pizza shop – like the old days!
-The municipal golf course is an excellent and inexpensive course, and it’s waterfront!
-There is great antique-ing in and around downtown. Antique shop and consignment shop lovers should tool around and bargains will abound!
-The park on the Intracoastal at Lake Ave is perfect for exercising, walking, or just relaxing. Gorgeous view over the water. Catch a festival there if you can.