Whether you’ve spent a long day at work or had a relaxing time surfside, or maybe you’ve been out looking for the perfect home in Delray Beach, it’s nice to have a go-to spot for sharing a few cocktails and some excellent food among friends. If you’re looking to try a new drink or experience a different atmosphere, here are some of Delray Beach’s best locations for specialty adult beverages.
Death or Glory Bar
Since opening in May of 2017, Death or Glory Bar has consistently been at the top of most any list of best places for a cocktail, not just in Delray Beach, but in all of South Florida. While they work hard to make handcrafted, quality cocktails, they also work hard to make it a comfortable environment.
Guests are encouraged to ask questions about drinks and food, and the staff is very friendly. No need to worry about pretentious drink snobs, whether you want to try out a new drink for the first time or stick with an old favorite. The food is also excellent and unusual with combinations like crispy Cheetos chick peas and the charcuterie board with coffee lavender cheese. (A “don’t knock it until you’ve tried it” experiment.)
It remains popular, so you’ll want to make reservations ahead of time and prepare for parking to be a struggle.
The O.G. is the sort of place you want to take people to even though you don’t want to tell everyone about it (because its charm comes from being a low-key bar). The decor is an eclectic mix of kitsch and cool. Who knows which is which? There is a great “back porch” space that is perfect for enjoying an evening outside.
The drink selection follows the eclectic line as well with a full line of craft beers right along side ICEES and wine in a can. No food is served, but there is free popcorn.
Sometimes popcorn isn’t going to cut it, but you won’t have that problem at Dada, since they are a full restaurant. Try some grilled watermelon if you’re looking to experiment or just go with an exceptional burger, which you can get with just about any toppings you want.
Along with the standard beers and wines, you’ll also find an impressive selection of mojitos (a dozen or so varieties) and other cocktails. If you are designated driver or just want to take it easy for the evening, many of the drinks can be made non-alcoholic.
The location is enchanting (it is a converted house) and provides great indoor and outdoor seating areas the just ooze charm. Overall, Dada is a win on food, drinks, service, and atmosphere.
Another house-turned-restaurant that you’ll want to visit is Corner Pouch, which reopened in an historic home February of 2017. It has an amazing outdoor space as well, which is where most patrons will want to be seated. The atmosphere indoors and out is friendly and fresh.
They serve brunch, appetizers, and dinner, so just about any time of day is a great time to stop by. For signature cocktails, though, you might opt for Happy Hour (3pm – 7pm). There you’ll find a great selection of tasty treats like the Cucumber Cooler, which has Effen Cucumber Vodka, St. Germain, Cucumber, Mint, and Lime, or the Mexican Mule with Lunazul Reposado Tequila, Mint, Lime, Grapefruit, and Ginger Beer.
The parking isn’t great, but it is centrally located, which means you’ll have some other options for parking and walking. That will give you a great excuse to order one of the Corner Pouch’s amazing desserts.
If you’re wanting live music to complement your drinks and eats, Tin Roof provides all three (and an outdoor area as well). This “live music joint” opened in April of 2018 and has been popular since. Their claim of “Better than bar food” is underselling the menu quite a bit. The Southern-inspired cuisine is made from scratch and features plenty of spice and a taste of Nashville.
To wash it all down, Tin Roof provides sixteen beers on tap and others in bottles or cans. They mix traditional margaritas and mojitos as well as some original drinks like Basil Watermelon or Tin Roof Tea. While the chain is based in Nashville, and the food and drinks take their cues from the South, you can expect more than country music at one of Atlantic Avenue’s most recent additions.
For a lively night with a younger crowd, Honey is an intimate bar and club with excellent cocktails and a DJ on the premises to keep everyone upbeat. With knowledgeable bartenders and a wide selection, you’ll have plenty of great options to try.
In addition to a small wine selection and “Adult Sodas” (beer), you’ll find creative drinks like The Rupert Pigler, which includes bacon-infused bourbon and chocolate-dipped bacon.
There is an “Upscale Casual” dress code, which means cocktail attire, or something suitable for a resort or cruise event.
As you can see, there is no shortage of places to find a great mixed-drink in the area. While it may feel like the trend is converting homes in Delray Beach into restaurants, there are actually many great places to live too. If you are interested in finding a new home (or if you want to convert one into a cocktail bar), contact the Jablon Team today.