Perhaps the most exciting alliteration in the English language, “Happy Hours” are a way to unwind from a day at the office and have a few laughs, without breaking the bank. Or, more obviously, an excuse to go out. Whether you are meeting up with your friends, grabbing a beer solo, or looking for a bite to eat, scouting out the best happy hour is an important skill. In my opinion, cheap drinks are nice, but it isn’t a true happy hour unless the food specials are righteous. Clematis Street is packed with bars vying for your happy hour business. To make sure you are always making the right decision, here is your guide to the top 5 happy hours in downtown West Palm Beach.
5. Best Food: Banko Cantina – On May 12, 2016, downtown West Palm Beach gained what will doubtless be a major player in the Clematis district dining scene, as Banko Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, opened to the public at 114 S. Olive Avenue. Originally home to the American National Bank, this 1921 landmark building was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1997. The food here is served family style, meant to be shared with the entire table. Some culinarians refer to the style as Tapas, but as the manager of the place stated, tapas are small plates, and they don’t believe in that here! Check out our recent review!
4. Best Bang For Your Buck: Kabuki – Kabuki moved on to Clematis Street in August of 2012 and filled the void for a good sushi place in downtown WPB. Their happy hour is delicious, but more importantly you get more than what you pay for. Everyday of the week from 3-7pm, indulge your taste buds with their awesome $4-$5-$6 food menu that features tapas style appetizers and plenty of sushi. Wash it down with a Thai beer for $2.50 or a cocktail half off. Bonus! Kabuki also offers a ‘reverse’ happy hour featuring $3 sake bombs from 11-midnight.
Kabuki Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KabukiWestPalmBeach
3. Best Way To Pretend You’re Fancy: West Palm Beach Food Tour – When you travel, do you have to get the food the area is known for? In Chicago, do you have the urge to try deep dish pizza? In New Orleans, is a Po’ Boy on the menu? In San Francisco, is a bowl of rice-a-roni all you crave? Many people know that the best way to experience a city is through food, because food tells the story of a neighborhood’s people, history and culture. In West Palm Beach, our eclectic mix of cultures, styles, and tastes combine to come up with a smorgasbord of flavors that rival those of any major metropolitan city.
Recently, Palm Beach Happening was able to take part in a food tour of downtown West Palm Beach. Known as the West Palm Beach Food Tours, this trip to foodie heaven highlights six of the finest eateries in the city, paired with a little history along the way. We were treated to awesome selections at 6 of the cities finest eateries, including The Blind Monk, Hullabaloo, Ganache Bakery and Café, Jardin , Pizza Girls , and Le Rendez-Vous. Click here to read more about the experience!
2. Best New Spot: Tapeo
Tapeo, located at 118 South Clematis in the old Tin Fish building, opened in mid June serving “classic tapas with a modern flair.” Their menu features a wide variety of small plates, as well as classic paella, fish and chicken; all at a reasonable price for the area.
Their happy hour on Thursday goes from 3-11. It’s an 8 hour drink and food special!
1. Best Place to Drink: O’shea’s – This downtown staple has been slinging Guinness and other favorites for the past 23 years. Astonishingly, their happy hour rolls from 11am-7pm, Monday through Friday. O’shea’s is a place that you won’t feel shamed for getting your drink on before 5, and the friendly atmosphere makes it easy to become a regular. As all good happy hours do, they feature great drink prices and a very special food menu where each tasty item is a mere $3. Super bonus! Fridays from 5-7pm, O’Shea’s serves up a free buffet for happy hour patrons—like you needed another reason to go!
O’shea’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OSheas-Irish-Pub/31475867611
Honorable Mention: Roxy’s Pub – Roxy’s Pub was established in 1933. It’s where the locals hang out, street events are thrown and the best place downtown Clematis for a weekend full of sports watching, music, food and drinks, late night dancing and above all a good time. Roxy’s Pub offers a comfortable pub-like atmosphere featuring a centered bar with up to 64 beers on tap and an excellent selection of wine and spirits. They have something for every taste. With twenty-two flat screens strategically placed throughout the restaurant, there isn’t a bad seat in the house for viewing sports. Their covered front patio offers table and booth seating with a large flat screen for those who enjoy being outside. Take the party upstairs to our Roof Top Bar- Sky 309 for live music, guests DJs, VIP tables and cocktail service, three full bars, and downtown views of West Palm Beach. Happy Hour: 4pm-7pm Half off all appetizers and $1 off all drinks!
It’s obvious that the boozing and eating possibilities on Clematis are endless. This little guide is just a piece of a much larger scene that has a bar for everyone. Grab a few friends and a table at one of these fine establishments and just try to tell me that you aren’t happy.