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
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.