Good beer, good drinks, good music; they're three things South Florida can't seem to get enough of. Thanks to newly-opened Vintage Tap, which celebrated its grand opening this past Friday, there's just a little more to go around.
The bar and live music venue is a being dubbed an official "juke joint" -- old school vernacular for a Prohibition-style speakeasy establishment where one can find plenty of live music, dancing, gambling, and drinking going on.
Located a few blocks west of the downtown area at 524 W. Atlantic Ave., Vintage Tap has taken up residence in a historic building with both history and character. Originally built in the early 50s, the building -- once known as the Clearview Lounge and before that as Ted Teddy Bear's -- has been in operation over the past 50 years alternately as a barber shop, pool hall, bar, and music venue.
Now, owner Ryan O'Riordan, former owner of Hooligans in Fort Lauderdale and designer of the Black Rose Irish Pub in Boca Raton, has transformed the space yet again, fashioning it into a vintage-style biergarten and watering hole featuring 20 craft brew taps, as well as a full liquor bar.
The vintage concept features a Prohibition era-esque bar and stage, as well as Americana memorabilia from the 40s and 50s like a World War II flag with just 48 stars, pin-up model portraits, and the bar's original juke box. Outside, a large outdoor backyard and patio, as well as the city's adjacent two-acre outdoor amphitheater, will allow for special events and live outdoor music performances.
Vintage Tap is located at 524 W. Atlantic Ave., and celebrated its first night of business Friday, July 25. Call 561-808-7702, or visit the Facebook page at facebook.com/vintagetap
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