DeLux Nightclub is a swanky escape for night prowlers, who can dance to energetic music amid dim twinkles of color or sip cocktails in an eclectic outdoor lounge. The sleek bar attracts guests with beer ($5–$6) and refreshing mixed drinks ($7–$10), which ease mingling and enhance tongues' abilities to activate postage-stamp adhesive.
Though SoLita Delray's lounge-like atmosphere hosts live music and DJs on the weekend, nightlife isn't even its main draw. In addition to a bustling lounge and courtyard, SoLita—or "south of Little Italy"— houses a hopping kitchen where chefs cook Italian meals using generations-old family recipes. Local and imported ingredients give zings of flavor to all dishes. Fresh pastas come draped in sauces from light, spicy tomato broth to rich mascarpone cream. For heartier fare, chefs grill rib-eye steaks, veal chops, and filet mignon or roast whole fish with lemon, olive oil, and jokes about diminutive fin size.
At Dada Restaurant, scents of contemporary American entrees waft through the intimate interior of the restored 1924 building that encapsulates comfortable, thematic dining rooms. Dada's menu displays all-natural blue-crab cakes ($26) and butternut-squash ravioli, which mingles with vine-ripe tomatoes and artichoke hearts in a flavor-compounding pool of thyme-infused cream ($18.50). The restaurant's chef, Bruce Feingold, expertly braises boneless short ribs ($19) and coats salmon with a dulcet force field of habanero-maple glaze ($21) to simultaneously electrify and pacify taste buds. Friendly servers navigate gingham drapes, plush chairs, and hardwood floors in Dada's cozy interior, and a tree-shaded veranda hosts spoon brandishers outside the eatery. Diners can sip local or imported vino from an extensive wine list ($7+) as they drink in live music and amble beneath the glow of twinkling lights hung from a sprawling banyan tree or ahead of the lights flashing on the heels of their shoes.
An Irish blessing over the entrance of Paddy McGee’s reads: “May the friendships you make here, be those which endure.” Under the green-and-white stained-glass dome of the Irish pub, comrades might meet over a pint of frothy beer or a sporting event beaming out from flat-screen TVs. The menu offers more substantive sustenance, including selections such as towering burgers, fish 'n’ chips, and philly cheese steaks that complement a broad range of liquors and brews. At night, diners pay no cover to enjoy the music of live bands, which resounds in the bar, spilling out onto the breezy patio and the street beyond, free to find a new job as elevator music or the mechanical lullaby in a baby mobile.
Alongside the flags of various sports teams, an abundance of flat-screen TVs parades throughout Grand Tavern of Delray Beach, beaming big games down below into a spacious, well-lit dining and bar area. There, visitors dig into gourmet, made-from-scratch bar food such as barbecue ribs and succulent 10-ounce rib eyes. Throughout the week, special events help further juice the restaurant's atmosphere, including classic car shows on Tuesdays, trivia on Wednesdays, and live music on Saturdays.
Reverberating with the clack of cue on ball and the clink of glass on glass, Slate Billiards hosts gaming get-togethers with finger foods and ample drinks. Parties of two or four gather around tables lined with blue Z9 billiard cloth for one-hour games of 8-ball, 9-ball, and 52-ball pickup. Between shots, sharks tear slices away from pepperoni pizzas and gnaw honey-barbecue wings. Glasses and bottles of pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon emerge from behind the polished stainless-steel bar, while trendy lights filter through pitchers of Stella Artois, Shipyard, and Shock Top. After the game, guests can retire to play rounds of darts, challenge each other to a video game, or fruitlessly punch the jukebox that knows neither pain nor the Fonz.