With a wide range of edibles and drinkables, Backstreet's is open Monday through Saturday until midnight and Sunday until 10 p.m, making it a great place for some post-work unwinding and chatting (click here and here for the full selection of menu items). Plunge into a mouth watering filet mignon ($24.95), or reign in a sea-herd of shrimp scampi gorgonzola over linguini ($14.95). They also serve several specialty hamburgers like the Peter Luger Burger, a chargrilled burger bathed in Peter Luger steak sauce and topped with a Stetson hat of provolone cheese ($7.95), as well as gourmet pizza and sandwiches. Other menu items are specially made for sharing like baked escargot or Jamaica jerk tuna bites (both $8.95), allowing people to mix and match plates to pass between them and great for teaching the edible golden rule of nobody going home without trying everything.
For two weekends every October, the sounds of laughter and German folk music echo across a field in Lake Worth. The American German Club's traditional Oktoberfest celebration, which sprawls across 10 acres under an open-air pavilion and a tent, has been going on for 40 years now and doesn't show any signs of stopping. Each day kicks off with the parade of flags and, sometimes, a ceremonial keg-tapping. Afterward, indoor and outdoor kitchens perpetually sizzle up authentic German bratwurst, leberkäse, and pastries. Meanwhile, bartenders pour four styles of Hofbräu Bier, as well as imported liquors and domestic brews. While vendors display traditional German crafts, the festival's stages erupt with folk-dancing, choral singing, and Bavarian tunes from two German groups, Heldensteiner Band and Die Lustigen Bayern.
Palm Beach Smoothies’ baristas are known for shaking things up—both literally and figuratively. The colorful shop flouts tradition by blending fresh oranges and pineapples with such unconventional smoothie add-ons as Red Bull, green tea, applesauce, and cinnamon. Aside from fruit-based concoctions, the baristas whip up five varieties of smoothies with creamy almond milk and low-fat yogurt. When ordering an indulgent blend of graham crackers and marshmallows, guests can ask their barista to top off the s’more-style shake with whey protein, wheatgrass, or the fiber-packed pages of a campfire songbook. Each of the more than 25 smoothie varieties pairs nicely with the café’s grilled paninis, turkey wraps, and organic steel-cut oatmeal.
Unwind Cocktail Lounge & Chocolate Bar's libation pourers sling chocolate confections and mixed drinks inside a modern lounge. Unite with one, three, or five partners-in-leisure to pick a thirst quencher from the chocolatier's extensive martini list ($10 each), including the Milky Way martini, the Belinitini, and the Chocolate-Covered Strawberry martini. Merriment cravers can also sate appetites for entertainment by singing about cocoa precipitation at Thursday night karaoke or by dancing to DJ-spun music on weekend nights. On top of and melted all over its adult beverage selection, the lounge also applies chocolate expertise to other methods of consumption, including a fondue setup, chocolate-covered Twinkies, and melted M&M’s finger painting.
With its homey atmosphere and penchant for pub-style comfort food, The Living Room was already a destination for nights of relaxed revelry. With the opening of The Pub at The Living Room, that vibe just took on a decidedly English accent. Within this comfortable, no-frills pub, guests kick back the way they do in Merry England, munching on casual comfort food and knocking back pints of strong ales. If the rotating beer list is any indication, the owners here know a thing or two about brews; seasonal selection and year-round favorites from Founders, Blue Point, and Cigar City Brewing currently fill the tape lines.
“Slawn-cha,” April says, pronouncing the pub’s name in slow, punchy syllables. “It’s Gaelic. It means 'cheers to good health'—” she stops abruptly, spying a familiar face behind the bar. “Let me let you talk to Clem. Don’t let his accent throw you. It’s thick—and he knows it!” The two scuffle a bit before he comes forward. “You were talking to an obnoxious lady, were you?” he says. “She’s better known as the princess. She drives me crazy.”
But April’s right. Clem's intonation is heavy with lilts, a nod to his Irish birthplace; it’s perfectly at home amid the thick-slatted wood floors, rustic stacked-stone walls, and wooden furniture all imported from Ireland. “There’s also live music five nights a week. And there’s the food,” he adds. “I’ve always been in the bar business, and these recipes are from top chefs in Ireland.” He’s especially proud of the fish 'n' chips. “Best in the county,” he says. “Made with cod and homemade beer batter—my family’s recipe.”
Clem goes on to explain that he met his partner at a St. Baldrick’s festival—an event dedicated to children fighting cancer. He throws out a startling statistic: “we’ve raised over $1,000,000 for the charity over the last four years.” With this humble side note, and with what he says next, it’s clear the earlier banter comes from a place of deep caring. “My favorite thing is the people I get to meet, everyone from firefighters to teachers. There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet.”