Boca Raton has plenty of restaurants on the cutting edge of culinary trends. But sometimes you want something a little more down to earth. A selection of comfort food, a game on the television, and beer choices for miles. Luckily, we have a wide offering of pubs and taverns to meet those needs as well. Here are three of the best to get you started.
Lion & Eagle English Pub
Whether you’re an expat from across the pond or someone who appreciates the classic food and drinks of England, you’ll want to try (and then keep coming back to) this warm and inviting pub. It’s a small venue, but that provides the charm of a “local pub” feel. It’s where Cheers would’ve been filmed if it were British.
If you come to eat, expect traditional fare. The menu selection isn’t huge, but you’ll get classics like Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, and Shepherd’s Pie. Or come in early for a proper English Breakfast with sausage, Irish bacon, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It’s a great way to start the day after a night on the town went a bit too long.
As for the drink selection, you’ll have many more options. In addition to the great variety of beers on tap, Lion & Eagle offers a wide selection of bottled beers. It’s a great place to try out craft beers from near and far.
Footie fan? This is the place to watch European soccer matches. Expect it to be crowded on the weekend with fellow football fanatics. And during the week you can catch other sports as well.
Dubliner Irish Pub
Dubliner Irish Pub offers pub grub and drinks at a decent price (especially if you take advantage of the many specials available). But this is not your typical “bar food” or drink experience. Dubliner Irish Pub keeps things fresh by providing both a classic and contemporary feel.
On Tuesday nights, for example, you can participate in Trivia Night. And Friday’s happy hour (4pm-7pm) is a great place to meet young professionals ready to start the weekend.
The drink selection is extensive with wines and whiskeys from around the world. You’ll find standards like Guinness and Strongbow on tap, but there are many more beers available in the pub’s large cooler.
For a special weekend treat, try out the brunch menu on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. It’s an exciting combination of new and traditional food, with items like Irish Breakfast right next to the Chicken & Waffle Sandwich and the Tiramisu “Irish” Toast. And since it’s a pub, it’s a great excuse for Irish Coffee or bottomless mimosas.
The Duck Tavern
While many describe the Duck Tavern as a “dive bar,” that doesn’t mean it’s dirty with cheap food or a typical bar menu. Instead, you’ll find a friendly staff and great selection of both food and drinks.
For dining, the tavern provides a few tavern standards like fish and chips, but most of the menu is more “American.” From buffalo chicken quesadillas and pizza to homemade burgers and eggplant parmesan, the Duck Tavern is sure to have something that will meet your craving.
The draft beer selection isn’t extensive, but the bottled beers are tough to beat. If you like a challenge, join the Around the World Club. Try each of the tavern’s 146 beers from around the world and they’ll give you a mini-keg and a “I Drank Around the World and Ended Up @ The Duck Tavern” T-shirt.
The Duck Tavern also has a steady schedule of live music, with new artists coming through every few days. They are one of the few places in Boca that still allows smoking, though, so keep that in mind before you head over.
As Boca Raton residents, we’re fortunate to have restaurants and bars to meet the needs of all age groups. These pubs and taverns represent just a small sample of the great variety the city offers.
If you’ve fallen in love with Boca like so many others have, I’d love to talk to you about how you can settle in for the long haul. Contact the Jablon Team to discuss condos or houses that will fulfill your housing needs.
Marc Jablon, the Jablon Team