Top 5 Bars On The Water In Palm Beach County

Top 5 Bars On The Water In Palm Beach County

It's Memorial Day weekend and you live in South Florida, so what do you do? Find a bar by the water, order an ice cold beer and watch the world go by of course! To help you on your way, here are five of the best water side bars in Palm Beach.

Waterway Cafe
2300 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.

For decades, sunshine-seeking crowds have flocked to the dock-like outdoor decks
at Waterway Cafe in Palm Beach Gardens for food and drink with a water view. Drinks and seafood come at decent prices, and the outdoor floating bars are a hot spot to drink piña coladas and rumrunners while watching boats cruise past. Here, happy hour is Monday through Friday and starts at noon. Go for Sunday brunch, when adults can indulge in an omelet station, carving station, and full breakfast menu for $15.95 per person, with $10 bottomless mimosas or $6 bloody marys.

Old Key Lime House
300 E. Ocean Ave., Boynton Beach.
This pastel-hued waterfront structure was built in 1889; the restaurant didn't come around till a century later. Old Key Lime House is a huge draw for tourists and locals who frequent the Chickee-hut bar on the water and come for its seafood by car and boat. The island-themed eatery is known for its Caribbean flair with foods — shrimp gazpacho and coconut fish fingers are typical starters, but clams, fish dip, and peel-and-eat shrimp make for a bar menu or small meals. Think mergarita chicken with a Key lime beurre blanc, island-style mahi, and coconut shrimp. Expect Florida — not Maine — lobster tail served with a mango butter. The place rocks on weekends, with boaters and beachgoers coming in for drinks and apps and staying till the wee hours to hear the band. Expect a wait for dining tables indoors on weekends in season. And don't ask for separate checks — they don't do them — and don't tip if you're more than a party of six — it's included. But save room for the signature Key lime pie.

960 N A1A, Jupiter.

 opened in 2004, originally nothing more than a surfer hangout where you could grab a sandwiches on the go. Five years later, operating owners Jon Sullivan and Chad VanBoven have transformed Guanabanas into one of Jupiter's most coveted restaurants. No longer a place to grab simple meals on the run, today the menu offers an abundance of dishes made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and delivers one of the best dining experiences in Palm Beach County. The restaurant's outdoor, tiki-style seating has been carved into a jungle-like grotto overlooking an inlet waterway just west of A1A. Here, a stellar Caribbean- and Latin-inspired menu is executed by executive chef Vinny Trupia, who has mastered sourcing Florida seafood and produce to make each dish sing with flavor and color. That includes menu favorites like Floridian fritters, the restaurant's sustainable take on the conch fritter. Your trip to Guanabanas wouldn't be complete without a tropical drink or cocktail from a bar that reflects a similarly exotic theme. The bar offers a wide array of Florida beers, as well as a rotating selection of specialty craft brews. There are also more than 30 rums from around the world and a section devoted to unique tequilas. Try the white and red sangria, then grab a pastel Adirondack chair overlooking the water and know this is why you live in South Florida.

Two Georges Waterfront Grill
728 Casa Loma Blvd., Boynton Beach.

When looking for a waterfront restaurant, lounge and sports bar, look no further than Two Georges Waterfront Grille in Boynton Beach. The atmosphere is casual and full of great energy for a fun dining experience; guests over the past 50 years will attest to that. Two Georges has made itself the ultimate relaxation spot to enjoy a frozen drink or the big game. Whether you arrive by land or sea, the cold beer and famous Maryland crab cakes are only a few steps away at the patio bar. With happy hour during the week and live music starting early in the afternoon on the weekends, it's no wonder why people come early and stay late. As a bonus feature, you can charter a deep sea fishing boat or rent a jet ski from the Two George's marina as well.

Square Grouper
1111 Love Street, Jupiter.
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.

Somewhere missing? Do you have a favorite water side bar that didn't make the cut? Let me know at [email protected]

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