You better get ready. One of the biggest drinking holidays is just around the bend.
Whether you're looking to barbecue on the beach or let the professionals take care of matters for you, it should be a big one.
For those of you looking to pawn those party planning duties onto someone else, we have a list of South Florida bars and restaurants featuring Memorial Day celebrations.
While you probably don't want to spend Memorial Day in a grocery store -- even if it is Whole Foods -- you can always pre-game there. On Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m., Whole Foods Boca, Palm Beach Gardens, and Wellington will be hosting a Support our Troops Cookout with proceeds benefitting the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Program. Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggies burgers and a side and drink will available for a donation of $5. Plus, customers are encouraged to write letters or send donations in care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Whole Foods Boca is located at 1400 Glades Road. Call 561-447-0000. Whole Foods PBG is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens. Call 561-691-8550. Whole Foods Wellington is located at 2635 State Road 7. Call 561-904-4000.
Max's Grille, 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-368-0080.
To get things going, the Boca Raton spot is offering a barbecue special for $24.95 with choice of half-rack of ribs, 1/4 chicken, or slow roasted brisket with two sides and a dessert. For those looking to go down the more casual route Max's BBQ Shack will be set-up outdoors with $6 hamburgers, hot dogs, and pulled pork sandwiches. Budweiser and Miller Lite will be on special for $3 and $5 Breezette Sangria and Thyme Tequila Lemonade are available for non-beerdrinkers.
Deck 84, 840 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-665-8484.
The waterside bar and restaurant will be holding its 3rd annual Memorial Day celebration with live music starting on Saturday. On Sunday, the spot will be offering barbecue in addition to its regular menu and numerous drink specials--including alcohol infused snow cones.
Il Bacio, 29 SE 2 Ave., Delray Beach. Call (561) 865-7785.
If you want to start your Memorial Day party a bit early, Il Bacio is starting its Sounds from Miami Memorial Day Party Sunday at 6 p.m. The 3rd annual white attire event will feature tech house DJs from all over South Florida. The spot will feature food specials all night long and half off drinks from 6 to 8 p.m.
Blue Martini, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-439-5102.
The Town Center spot is hosting an entire weekend of events. Friday it's the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Charity Event from 7 to 10 p.m., make a donation and get a drink ticket. Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, it's holding Ibiza International Night Beach Party. Sunday live music starts at 5 p.m. Happy hour runs all weekend from 4 to 8 p.m. daily, with 50% off drinks.
Tarpon Bend, 200 SW 2 St., Ft. Lauderdale. Call 954-523-3233.
Staring on Sunday night, the downtown Fort Lauderdale restaurant is throwing a summer kick-off party with $5 Tito's Vodka, a grill giveaway, USA Flag tattoos, games, and DJ. The party starts at 9 p.m.
The Office, 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call (561) 276-3600.
To show support for the troops, the Delray Beach gastropub is offering a free beer of glass of wine with purchase of an appetizer for military veterans and active personnel Friday through Monday. To get in on the deal a military I.D. must be shown at the time of purchase.
Vic & Angelo's, 290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call (561) 278-9570. And PGA Commons, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call (561) 630-9899.
To show appreciation to the troops, both Vic & Angelo's locations will be giving away a free glass of wine or beer with purchase of an appetizer for all active personnel and military veteran with a valid military I.D. from Friday through Monday.
Fort Lauderdale Beach
On Saturday, the City of Fort Lauderdale is hosting its 4th Annual Great American Beach Party from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The beach will be taken over by two stages, a classic car show, and multiple games for the kids. At 8:30 p.m. attendees will be privy to a special moving screening by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Exit 66 will be offering barbecue and drink specials.
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