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The 5 Best Places to Snag a Craft Cocktail in Boca Raton

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Craft beers may be stealing today’s headlines; but many of the craft cocktails created by local mixologists are also state-of- the-art. If you’re in the mood for one of these taste bud bending, handcrafted concoctions, then check out the 5 best places to snag a craft cocktail in Boca Raton.

Gluttonous Goat

The Gluttonous Goat is a unique little spot that has definitely earned a place on this elite list. This gastropub offers a laid back atmosphere, seriously tasty food, and remarkable craft cocktails. There’s nothing pretentious about this place—including the delectable drinks – since many of them are served in mason jars. While the serving jars may be old style, the crew behind the bar is anything but. These multifaceted mixologists can take an old drink recipe and, with a deft twist and well measured pour, craft an entirely new creations with exceptional flavors, colors, and names. Sit inside or outside and, while you sip your cocktails with friends, enjoy a hookah from the smoke bar next door.

One of GG’s signature cocktails includes the “Bloody Green Fairy,” a fascinating mixture of pearl vodka, extracted tomatillo water, horseradish, lime, tobacco, togarashi, and spicy green bean. Or, indulge in the slightly sweetened amalgam known as “The Honey Badger.” Start with a base of benchmark bourbon, then add jalapeño infused honey, fresh rosemary, and orange bitters. Another original is “The O.G. Revenge,” made with pearl vodka, fresh smashed watermelon, a hint of jalapeño, and simple syrup.

The Gluttonous Goat is located at 99 SE Mizner Blvd. #114, Plaza Real South, Boca Raton, FL. You can find free parking in front and to the north and south of the establishment. Plus, there’s additional parking to be found in the Bank of America lot after 5 p.m. According to OpenTable, the Goat is open for business from 4 p.m to midnight on Tuesday, Wednesday, andThursday. On Friday and Saturday, they’re open from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. and on Sunday, they’re open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. However, if you check their Facebook page, it states that they are closed Sunday and Monday. So call ahead if you plan to visit or wait until later in the week.

Tanzy

If you’ve ever been to Tanzy, then you know you’re in for an amazing experience, whether you’re there for the food, drinks, or both. Leading the crew at Tanzy is Adam Seger, the Master Barman/Advanced Sommelier. He’s been dubbed “The Charlie Trotter of Cocktails” by Newcity Magazine and the “Spirits Guru” by Food & Wine, which speaks volumes about his expertise. Some locals simply call him “the Spiritualist,” because of his heavenly creations.

Among Tanzy’s list of well regarded signature cocktails, in no particular order, are the following: the “Tanzy Dirty Martini,” made with Punzone organic Italian vodka, Kalamata olive, rosemary, lime, Yuzu Luxe, salt, and pepper; the “Raspberry Collins,” built with Nolet gin, Luxardo Bitter, and raspberry-Prosecco soda; and the “Tanzy Mary,” a mixture of San Marzano tomato bloody, Parma Bar Garni, and Peroni Back.

Of course, Tanzy is also known for its liquid nitrogen cocktails like the “Raz Berri,” wherein Grey Goose vodka, Chambord, Yuzu Luxe, raspberry syrup, and Prosecco are all whipped together. Or the “Champagne Crush,” made with lemon-infused Belvedere vodka, Moet & Imperial champagne, Grand Marnier, and ginger-citrus sorbet, to name just two of their spectacular palate pleasers.

While all of their intriguing drinks are crafted with an articulate hand and creative flare, the delicious cuisine is also well worth sampling. You’ll find Tanzy next to the IPic Theater in Mizner Park at 301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL.

Kapow! Noodle Bar

Kaapow is not just an Asian restaurant with French/Vietnamese inspirations—it’s also an excellent spot to grab a craft cocktail. Their secret is to combine fresh ingredients with the talents of highly knowledgeable mixologists. The result: a restaurant that’s bound to please every guest. Enjoy cocktails like the “Austin Mule” that consists of Tito’s vodka, ginger, lemon, lime, simple syrup, and soda. Their “Mai Tai” is expertly mixed using Atlantico Reserva rum, Appleton 12 year rum, triple sec, house orgeat, and lime. “Hattori Hanzo” consists of a green tea infused Bulldog gin, sage liqueur, lemon, honey, and blackberry jam.

If you’re more of a traditionalist – maybe you’re a whiskey aficionado who simply craves a “Manhattan” or an “Old Fashioned,” then feel free to request your favorites. Kapow! is known for being one of the best craft cocktail bars in the Boca Raton area and they are happy to fulfill your cocktail wishes.

Kapow! Noodle Bar is located in Mizner Park at 431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. You can find free parking in one of the garages or on the streets. They’re open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Sunday through Thursday and from 11:30 to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Don’t forget to check out their happy hour special that features $5 drinks along with $4 to $6 small plates, Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Rebel House

Without a mention of the Rebel House, a post about the best cocktail places in Boca would not be complete. This restaurant has an energetic vibe with an ever-changing menu, seasonal craft cocktails, and their signature house inventions. They present a bountiful brunch with bottomless mimosas and “Dirty South Bloody Marys” on the menu. Enjoy a standard “Bloody Mary” or jazz it up with meat, cheese, pickle, celery, and jalapeño.

If you are someone who enjoys celebrating with seasonal cocktails, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Rebel House has some special features on their fall menu. Take a taste of the “I’ll Take A Graham.” It’s a S’Mores Old Fashioned made with high west campfire, graham cracker whiskey, vanilla simple, chocolate bitters, and toasted marshmallow. Or dare to sample “Casa Dragone’s Drink,” a mixture of “Dragon’s Blood” Casa Dragones, green chartreuse, Mezcal, blood orange liquor, and blood orange slice garnish.

If you’ve never been there, you’re in for a treat. The specialty of this restaurant is its focus on whiskeys and bourbons, combined with the staff’s ability to crafting an eclectic assortment of cocktails using that traditional base. So if whiskey is your libation of choice—then the choices at Rebel House are many and varied.

Rebel House, located at 297 E. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL, is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then reopens again at 5 p.m. each night. Closing time is at 10 p.m. on Sundays, midnight Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and 2 a.m. the rest of the week.

Yard House

While Yard House is known for its local craft beer, the craft cocktails deserve some serious respect, too. Check out the “Pineapple Express,” consisting of New Amsterdam pineapple vodka, Cruzan pineapple rum, Monin mojito, fresh pineapple, and mint. The “Upper Manhattan” is simple, yet delectable and made with Bulleit rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, peach purée, and aromatic bitters. The “Moscow Mule” is made with Russian standard vodka, house made ginger beer and served in a copper mug with a lime wedge. Sangria lovers will enjoy the house-crafted “Midnight Sangria” made with Fat Cat pinot noir, Hennessy V.S Cognac, Midori melon, citrus agave, clover honey, seasonal orange, and pomegranate seeds. And for the old fashioned set, there’s a variety of “Old Fashioned” craft cocktails that are need no introduction. (So we won’t mention them by name).

The Yard House is located in Mizner Park at 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL. The restaurant is open nightly from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and until 1:20 a.m. on weekends.

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