Where: 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach 561/278-3364
The lowdown: Seaside Heights may not be the same in Jersey anymore, but it’s alive and kickin’ down here in Florida. That same beach party atmosphere can be found right on Ocean Avenue at Delray Beach’s Sandbar, the sister restaurant to Boston’s On The Beach.
Life is better at the beach. This is definitely the mindset shared by those visiting Delray, especially when there’s a fun and inviting atmosphere like Sandbar just across the street. The music is loud and energetic and the DJ keeps it spinning. People of all ages fill up the tables and lounge chairs and crowd around the two bars throughout this backyard oasis. Just about everyone is sun-kissed and still in bathing suits — most likely after spending the day on the beach. Sandbar is completely outdoors, so check the forecast before you go. When the weather is nice, this place is packed. On a normal day, you’re lucky to find a seat at the bar and even luckier if you’re able to find a spot in the coveted lounge area located underneath a big canopy tent that features a corn hole set up.
Drinks are a bit on the expensive side, $10-12 for one of their signature cocktails, but what do you expect from a place that makes you feel like you’re on a tropical island away from any real sign of civilization? Specialty cocktails make up most of the drink list — flavored mojitos, frozen drinks like the Killer Colada or Exotic Berry Daiquiri, the Coron-ita, martinis and more than 10 different kinds of rum concoctions dubbed “Rhum Rhapsodies” to go around. A small selection of wines, champagnes and draft beers are also available. The food is typical bar fare with a seafood flare. Expect menu items like smoked fish dip, chilled peel ‘n eat shrimp and Key West conch fritters. There’s a variety of sandwiches, burgers and salads too.
The atmosphere is vibrant and full of life — and it seems to stay this way even after the sun goes down.
The intangibles: Sandbar offers specials almost every day of the week, with S&M Mondays (1/2 off Sam Adams drafts and premium well margaritas all day), $3 draft beers on Tuesdays until 4 p.m., premium well bottles for $100 on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to close, “Drum for the Rhum” Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight (1/2 price select Rhum Rhapsodies and $5 shot specials), Ladies Night on Fridays from 9 p.m. to close ($2 premium well cocktails for ladies) and $18 pitcher specials all day on Saturdays. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with ½ off premium well liquors, draft beer, house wine and select appetizers. Sandbar also offers complimentary valet parking Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a receipt.
Hours: Sandbar is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Monday, Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. They do close during severe weather conditions.