Happy hour. Every establishment selling adult beverages has one. It's that glorious magical hour (or three or four) when drinking away the stress of the day gets a little cheaper — which makes you a little happier.
In South Florida — with its laid-back, tourist-friendly culture — there are so many happy hours to choose from, it can almost get stressful trying to decide where to unwind. Right now, one of the best cities (in our opinion) to do happy hour is Delray Beach, where you can get everything from half-priced apps to a three-for-one drink deal.
So, here it is, folks: the complete guide to the best happy hours in South Florida's best little city by the sea.
10. City Oyster
213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-0220, or visit cityoysterdelray.com.
At City Oyster, happy hour equals happy pairs. Well, that might be the best way to
9. Buddha Sky Bar
217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-450-7557, or visit buddhaskybardelraybeach.com.
When it comes to happy hour in Delray Beach, there's probably no better deal on the avenue than Buddha Sky Bar, where some of the bar's best light bites can be ordered for less than $10 a plate (think spicy tuna rolls, chicken teriyaki skewers, and crab rangoon). The happy-hour menu also has a great deal on the bar's best drinks, so you can wash it down with a $5 specialty
8. Cut 432
432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-272-9898, or visit cut432.com.
At Cut 432 off Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, it's not happy hour. It's social hour. That means plenty of schmoozing and canoodling going on here with $5 cocktails like the house mojito (Bacardi silver, fresh mint, and pressed lime juice) or the blood-orange margarita (Corazon silver tequila with Solerno, lime juice, and agave); $3 house wine including Vista Point pinot grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet; $4 seasonal rotating draft beer; and $4 house mixed drinks (choose from Pearl vodka, Bacardi rum, Bombay gin, Dewar's scotch, Corazon tequila, and Jack Daniel's whiskey). Hungry? Of course you are. For $5 each, you can also order some of the best bar bites off the avenue, including pancetta Brussels sprouts, deviled eggs, ceviche, oysters Rockefeller, or the chef's fish dip — just to name a few.
7 . Salt 7
32 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-274-7258, or visit salt7.com.
This modern-style venue with outdoor lounge seating and a high-energy bar is the perfect place to see and be seen for
6. Lemongrass Asian Bistro
420 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-278-5050, or visit lemongrassasianbistro.com.
Get everything from chicken gyoza, sashimi, and steamed pork dumplings to edamame and a California roll at Lemongrass Asian Bistro. The happy-hour menu offers 13 small plates priced $3 to $8 each. Then wash it all down with some booze. If you like martinis, Lemongrass might be your new favorite happy-hour spot. The restaurant offers 15 happy-hour martinis, including a lychee or lemongrass martini, lemon drop, Cosmo, or mojito. Our favorite: the Japanese white peach, a combination of vodka,
5. Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
110 E. Atlantic Blvd., Delray Beach. Call 561-808-1100, or visit roccostacos.com.
4. El Camino
15 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-865-5350, or visit elcaminodelray.com.
Die-hard taco fans know about the awesome late-night eats at Delray Beach's El Camino. All day — and far into the evening — the restaurant offers a taco Tuesday deal that trumps just about all others. While most TT deals limit the type of taco you can order, El Camino does no such thing. From open to midnight on Tuesday, you can order any of its gourmet tacos — each served on homemade corn tortillas — for just $2 each. That includes the crispy fish tacos with chipotle crema, cucumber pico, and arugula; chili-rubbed carne asada skirt steak with ranchera salsa and queso fresco; chorizo with Oaxaca cheese and salsa verde; or achiote-spiced chicken with cotija cheese. Even pork belly and Gulf shrimp. Once the clock strikes midnight, you're forced to choose, however: It's either barbacoa or the gringo (ground beef served on a soft flour tortilla) until close at 2 a.m. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from midnight to 2 a.m.
3. Vic & Angelo's
290 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-278-9570, or visit vicandangelos.com.
This longtime Delray Beach establishment is best-known for its homemade
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14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-501-4443, or visit apeirorestaurants.com.
Delray Marketplace restaurant Apeiro Kitchen & Bar offers the palates of Palm Beach its contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and refreshing craft cocktails from South Florida restaurateur Burt Rapoport. The happy-hour menu features an all-star lineup of libations and bites, and drink specials include half-priced house spirits, bottled beer, red and white wines by the glass, and specialty cocktails priced at $6 each. For $12 per glass, try the house-made sangria; variations include Spanish Torres Sangre de Toro, with Torres orange liqueur, Torres ten-year brandy, and fresh-squeezed orange juice or the French, a rosé with Pamplemousse grapefruit liqueur and cucumber. To accompany the drink,
1. Smoke BBQ
8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-4236, or visit eatbbqnow.com.
We've all grown accustomed to those two-for-one
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.