It's almost here: Black Friday, the largest (and most hazardous) shopping spree of the year.
We all know the sales extravaganza about to take place the day after — and these days, even the day of — Thanksgiving. It's not for the faint of heart, either. Thousands of your fellow, normally sane Americans will be hitting the streets in the early morning hours, armed with a shopping list and well-researched plan of attack for getting the best deals and the lowest prices.
If you're planning on partaking in this super-sized shopping marathon, you'll need to be properly fueled. Lucky for you, we've got the scoop on the top South Florida spots dedicated to helping you re-energize after a long night of retail running.
Now get out there and shop — and hopefully with the help of these fine establishments — without doing so till' you drop.
Palm Beach County
Black Friday Locals' Only Raffle Party at 3rd & 3rd
301 Northeast Third Ave., Delray Beach; 561-303-1939; 3rdand3rd.com.
Head to 3rd & 3rd in Delray Beach for a Black Friday party to remember. After all that shopping, you can score $4 Saltwater Brewery craft brews from open to close. The party gets started at 9 p.m. when the live music kicks off and the restaurant begins its raffle, offering guests a chance to win up to 10 prizes donated by local businesses (think a custom surf board from Nomad, tickets to an upcoming Mucho Gusto dinner, and gift certificates to several neighboring Delray Beach establishments) with the purchase of a $5 raffle ticket.
ArtNight Out and Tree Lighting in Northwood Village
Call 561-822-1554; wpb.org.
Northwood Village Main Street is offering a funky holiday celebration during its monthly ArtNight Out event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Black Friday. To honor the creative soul of this unique neighborhood, local resident, William Halliday, has created a spectacular, illuminated holiday tree sculpture fabricated completely from wine bottles to welcome one and all to Northwood Village. After the tree lighting, enjoy the festivities along Northwood Road, including art and craft vendors, food and drink deals at local restaurants, and live music. Don't forget to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a chance to win a prize courtesy of Northwood Village Main Street. A special "Santa Mailbox" will be set up and waiting for all those important letters from any child or adult.
Cards Against Humanity Party at Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks
1023 N. Florida Mango Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-568-7242; accomplicebrewery.com.
When you're done shopping, head to Accomplice for a cider, beer, and a friendly game of Cards Against Humanity. Bring your set into Accomplice, or play with your friends (and make new ones). All participating players get a $1 off each beverage from open to close, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Nauti! Ladies' Night at Camelot
114 S. Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-318-7675; sub-culture.org.
Rodney Mayo's seasonal, nautically-themed nightclub will be starting the part early on Thanksgiving night when DJ's hit the stage at 9 p.m. There's no cover to dance the night (and those calories) away. Of course, the party continues on Black Friday with a special edition of Gat Nauti! Ladies Night, and $175 bottles of Tito's vodka in the VIP lounge with reservations. Limited space is available.
Gift Card Deals at Darbster
8020 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach; 561-586-2622; darbster.com.
If you feel like eating some "cleansing" fare after the holiday, the vegan/vegetarian West Palm Beach haunt, Darbster, is offering a great deal. Stop in on Black Friday for lunch or dinner and buy a gift card for friends and family, and you won't just be giving the gift of good, clean food: you'll be getting it at a 25 percent discount.
Mimosa Lunch at Oak Bistro and Wine Bar
11051 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-753-6217; OAKRPB.com.
This Royal Palm Beach restaurant and wine bar located in the Home Goods shopping plaza off Souther Boulevard will be opening early at 11:30 a.m., offering shoppers a special reprieve from all the craziness with a mimosa lunch. Stop by on Black Friday and get $12 bottomless mimosas and bloody mary's until 3 p.m.
$10 Burgers (and Beer) at Dorrian's Red Hand
215 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561-355-1401; dorrians-wpb.com.
Dorrian's in downtown West Palm Beach is offering its "Black and Blue" burger — 8-ounces of blackened grass-fed beef topped with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion — for $10 all day on Black Friday. It comes with a complimentary domestic beer pour.
Burgers and Beer at Sybarite Pig
20642 State Rd 7, Boca Raton; 561-883-3200; sybaritepig.com.
This Boca Raton beer bar is offering up one of the best lunch deal around: discounted burgers and beer all day long. Doors open at noon on Black Friday, at which time they'll also be unveiling one of their new burgers. The Holiday Burger is an ode to Thanksgiving food, prepared on pretzel bun and topped with a pork patty, melted Provolone cheese, cranberry sauce, mustard, pickled jalapeños, aArugula, and sweet potato chips. They'll also have some cool beers on tap to get in the holiday mood, including Fat Head's Christmas Ale or MIA Brewing's 305 ale, an ultra-light session golden ale that to get you ready for more shopping. To sweeten the deal even more, all specialty beer bottles will be discounted at 30 percent off to-go prices all day.
Specialty Beer Releases at Due South Brewing Co.
2900 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; duesouthbrewing.com.
Don't dread going out on Black Friday. Instead, head to your local brewery for special beers and discounts on brewery merchandise. In addition to the beers already on tap, from noon to 11 p.m. on Black Friday, Due South Brewing in Boynton Beach will feature limited release beers tapped throughout the day, VIP tours, and discounted merchandise. Many of these beers are only available at the brewery, and some are so limited they only made one keg. Find Mexican Standoff, Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, Bourbon barrel aged Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream, Chocolate Pumpkin, Saigon Blonde ale, and a Chocolate Peppermint Stout among others. In addition, get BOGO specials all day on water bottles, t-shirts, doozies, and insulated tote bags. Rolling Chefs food truck will be on-site to keep you stuffed.
Bourbon County Stout Release at the Riverside Market
608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-358-8333; theriversidemarket.com.
You can grab a beer, and a bottle for the craft beer lover on your list, if you head to The Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale on Black Friday. The bar will be releasing its share of Goose Island's annual, highly sought-after, OG barrel-aged imperial stout specialty release bottles starting at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Special Bottle Release at Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-440-0046; funkybuddhabrewery.com.
The morning after Thanksgiving doesn't have to be lame. Instead, wake up to breakfast in a bottle with Funky Buddha's Bourbon Barrel-Aged French Toast Double Brown Ale. This beer is loaded with aromatic cinnamon and rich maple syrup to give the impression you're eating a delicious piece of custardy French toast. They bourbon barrel-aged this double brown ale to make sure you have a heaping helping of Southern hospitality with your breakfast. Due to the nature of this decadent treat, it will be a very limited taproom-only release (and will not be released for distribution). Bottles are $25 each, and will go on sale starting at 11:30 a.m. on Black Friday at the Oakland Park taproom only. There is a two bottle limit per person.
Black Hole Friday at 26 Degree Brewing
2600 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-532-6964; 26brewing.com.
Join the guys over at 26 Degree Brewing in Pompano Beach for a beer. We know you'll need one. After all the Black Friday madness, sit back and enjoy a glass (or three) of their Black Hole Black IPA for $3 each, starting at 2 p.m. No one can blame you for getting sidetracked here.
Brunch and Overcast Release at Bangin' Banjo Brewing Company
3200 NW 23rd Ave., Pompano Beach; 754-216-9416; banginbanjobrewing.com.
On Black Friday the Pompano Beach-based brewer will be opening early at 11 a.m. for brunch with the Tucker Duke's Lunchbox food truck until 2 p.m.. In the taproom, they'll be offering growlers fills and pours of their Overcast Shadow Russian Imperial Stout, as well as discounts on all merchandise, in honor of all the "blackout" shopping.
Black Friday Menu Prices at Whiskey Tango
1903 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-925-2555; whiskeytangofl.com.
Get 25 percent off all food and drink all day long at Whiskey Tango in downtown Hollywood. Simply show this Facbook post to your server and the deal is good for any purchase (excluding pre-existing happy hour deals).
All-New Brunch at GameTime
5701 Sunset Drive; Miami; 305-667-4263; gametimeplayers.com.
GameTime, located in the Shops at Sunset Place, will be launching an all-new brunch on Black Friday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 25-27, the sprawling, 36,000-square-foot mega-arcade will be a one-stop-shop for blowing off some holiday shopping steam while enjoying complimentary samples from Western Son vodka from noon to 3 p.m.
Crazy Stone Crab Claw Deals at Izzy's Fish & Oyster
423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-397-8843; izzysmiami.com.
Once you're done shopping for everyone else, you'll probably want to treat yourself. If that's the case, get cracking with some Florida stone crab claws and bubbly. Black Friday at Izzy's Fish & Oyster means $3 stone crabs and $15 bottomless mimosas all day long.
All Day Happy Hour at Earl's Kitchen + Bar
7535 North Kendall Drive, Miami; 305-667-1786.
This Dadeland Mall restaurant will be alleviating some of the stress from Black Friday. Starting at 11:30 a.m., shoppers can take a break and take part in the all-day happy hour with select beers and wines for $4, well highballs for $5, and food specials including discounts on popular dishes like Leroy’s Crispy Ribs, Warm Spinach and Three Cheese Dip, and fresh Tuna Poke.
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
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