After spending the day exploring Florida’s coastline, see another side to Palm Beach at sundown. Sip a mojito as you watch the sunset, pair coastal cuisine with handcrafted margaritas or indulge in some late-night martinis before taking to the dance-floor. From the county’s southernmost city of Boca Raton to buzzing West Palm Beach, these are the most fabulous bars in Palm Beach to visit while staying at iconic hotel The Chesterfield.
If you’re after a sophisticated setting, look no further than The Leopard Lounge at The Chesterfield Palm Beach. Black lacquer tables, leather banquette seating and an intricate hand-painted ceiling, all add to the bar’s classic decadence. Musicians perform live here too, adding to the bar’s lively ambience. Order both signature Leopard cocktails and all-time favourites, along with a variety of delicious Bar Bites, like tempting Lobster Sliders.
The stylish Blue Martini cocktail bar and lounge is a popular haunt for the in-crowd of West Palm Beach, who come for classic martinis and craft cocktails – with over 40 of them to choose from – accompanied by global tapas-style small plates like house marinated Ahi tuna. Each night live music entices the crowd onto the dance-floor.
For a more relaxed vibe, settle in at Italian eatery and cocktail lounge Tanzy in the southernmost city of Palm Beach, Boca Raton. The bar’s striking décor is chic yet quirky with indoor trees and a canopy of twisted vines giving the classically elegant décor a unique edge. If you’re hungry, order traditional Italian dishes to go with signature cocktails like the Tanzy Dirty Martini or perhaps a pitcher of the Strawberry Basil Balsamic Mojito from the lounge’s Mojito Garden.
The Tequila and Mexican soul food bar El Camino, situated in Delray Beach, has made a name for itself for its artisanal gourmet tacos and craft cocktails, as well as its dynamic ambience in a rustic chic setting. In true Mexican spirit, margaritas are the drink of choice here, with options ranging from The Classic Margarita to more creative flavours like Watermelon-Jalapeno and Chile-Guava.
Hullabaloo channels a New York meets Italy vibe with its minimalist décor and open kitchen where the wood-fired stone hearth is key. Fire-grilled pizzas accompany the hand-crafted cocktails that are all named after legendary musicians like Kurt Cobain and Janice Joplin. Find Hullabaloo on West Palm Beach’s vibrant Clematis Street.
The classic cocktail bar HMF reflects the glamour and decadence that’s so synonymous with Palm Beach. In opulent surroundings, classic cocktails, like the Old Fashioned, Daiquiri and Gin Fizz, are paired with small plates that take inspiration from the Japanese Robata and gourmet food truck scene, with a range of sushi and sashimi.
In scenic Boynton Beach, the hip venue Sweetwater emanates a low-key atmosphere with dimly lit interiors, exposed brick and wooden shelves filled with artisanal spirits to be shaken up with ingredients like strawberry jam and celery bitters – try the Whiskey Ultimatum and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Small plates, sharing plates and intimate plates (not for sharing), include crispy Brussel sprouts, hand-pulled mozzarella and grilled bavette steak.
After sipping cocktails long into the night, find your way back along the palm-lined boulevards to the relaxed setting of The Chesterfield Palm Beach for a sound night’s sleep before rising early for more coastal exploration.
Header image: Sweetwater is among the most fabulous bars in Palm Beach © Sweetwater