Where: 301 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 561/243-9911
The lowdown: Guests of Downtown Delray can get their fill of classic rock and live entertainment at Johnnie Brown’s, an all-American burger, wings and rib joint located right along the train tracks.
Those train tracks play a big role in the history of this part of Delray Beach, so every time a train rolls by, there’s a special deal on drinks. This is just one of the many reasons why locals love the laid-back, rocker vibe at Johnnie Brown’s. Everyone is in jeans, baseball caps, and band T-shirts.
Johnnie Brown’s is an open-air bar, making it very Florida-friendly, but it’s covered, of course, because Florida loves to surprise us with rain. It’s an elbow-to-elbow kind of place, with people sitting and standing absolutely anywhere they can find to get a good view of whatever band is playing at the time. With such an energetic essence coming from the place, its no wonder people walking by stop and peer in to see what they’re missing.
The clientele is made up of a mostly older crowd — people who know and love the music playing on stage. There’s classic rock seven nights a week, including the Elvis Experience on Mondays with award-winning entertainer Scott Ringersen and a Rod Stewart tribute every Tuesday with The Hot Rod Band, a local Stewart tribute band.
The intangibles: Music starts about between 7:30 and 9 p.m. depending on the night. It’s the perfect place to go for drinks after you’ve enjoyed a nice early dinner on the Ave. The place packs up quickly, and there’s never a cover charge.
Johnnie’s favorite classic rock bands rock the house on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. with bands covering some of the greats: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, just to name a few. Thursday nights are filled with more live cover bands starting at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday nights call for rotating live local bands from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. These nights are dubbed Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Ribs — featuring their Real Deal BBQ wood-grilled ribs, a crowd favorite. If you’re looking for some Sunday Funday happenings, check Johnnie Brown’s Facebook for all updates.
Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $2 domestic draft beers and bottles, $3 imports and craft draft and bottles, $3 well drinks and $2 off all other drinks and wine. There are also “Shotski” specials — four shots for the price of three.
Hours: Johnnie Brown’s is open from Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m.
to 2 a.m.
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