Buddha Sky Bar is my ultimate favorite. I try to take it in as much as possible during the summer, because in season it’s nearly impossible to get a spot to sit. Unlike most other spots on the Ave, during the busy winter months happy hour really is only an hour, from 5 to 6 p.m. It is extended until 7 p.m. during the summer. Keep in mind though that it’s only open Wednesday-Sunday in the summer.
All of the food is fresh and delicious at Buddha Sky Bar. I’ve been many times and tried a majority of the menu, and I have yet to have something that wasn’t incredible. Some of the portions are on the small side and at regular price the food is expensive, but it’s completely reasonable at happy hour. Half off sushi, appetizers, dim sum and select drinks. My personal favorites are the Handsome Rob roll (pictured below), miso cod skewers, Wagyu-beef skewers, Peruvian-style ceviche and the Shiso Zen Passion cocktail. The service is friendly and efficient and the ambiance is great. I love this place because it never fails to make me happy.
Buddha Sky Bar is located at 217 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-450-7557
Vic & Angelo’s is a great place to see and be seen while enjoying half-priced drinks and appetizers. The bar is huge, and you have the option of being inside or outside, which is beautiful when the weather is nice. The only downside to the outside bar is that it’s about 20 feet away from the railroad tracks. When a train goes by, which they often do, it gets LOUD.
The food is good and the portions are large. My favorite happy hour appetizers are the grilled octopus, stuffed squash blossoms and the oregenatta trio (lobster, shrimp and calamari sprinkled with Italian breadcrumbs and lemon). Not listed on the happy hour menu, but still worth mentioning is their pizza. The Mulberry Street is my favorite pizza on the Ave.
Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close every day.
Vic & Angelos is located at 290 East Atlantic Ave; 561- 278-9570
Cut432’s “social hour” offers $3 wines, $4 well drink and yummy appetizers including truffled mac ($5), mini burgers ($4), pancetta Brussel sprouts ($5) and oysters Rockefeller ($4). For $4 you can also try their homemade fruit-infused vodka, which is great on the rocks or served up. This is the best deal in the house- Cut’s bartenders pour quite heavily and I felt fantastic after just one.
Cut432 is located at 432 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-272-9898
Union offers some of the best deals around, but they recently made their happy hour even happier. They were already known for their 3-for-1 drinks and 50% off the entire food menu and you don’t even have to sit at the bar- it’s happy hour throughout the whole restaurant. They have now extended their normal happy hours (5-7 p.m.) until 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In order to take advantage of this special pricing you will need to get a Union card. You can get yours by visiting the restaurant in person, visiting Uniondelray.com or facebook.com/uniondelraybeach.
My favorite items on Union’s menu are the Gochujang lollipop chicken wings, shrimp dumplings, Union tuna stack, and make sure not to skip the wok-seared Brussels sprouts (pictured below). For cocktails, I recommend The Kiwi and Union’s variety of fruity margaritas and mojitos (strawberry, blackberry, mango).
Union Delray is located at 8 East Atlantic Ave; 561-330-4236
The Office has recently expanded their happy hour menu to include more half-priced appetizers and it also now includes 50% off on all drinks (excluding bottles). Like Vic & Angelo’s, The Office offers both indoor and outdoor bar seating, making it a place for not only people, but also dogs, to socialize. The bartenders are friendly and will gladly give you water for your pooch.
The Office is one of the few places on the Ave. to actually eat healthy during happy hour, as the half-price menu features five salads. My personal favorite is the horiatiki, their take on the classic Greek salad. My other recommendations are the buffalo wings, the tomato and burrata mozzarella salad and the Shu-Mai dumplings. For cocktails I recommend the Creamsicle and Office Elixir martinis and the Bloody Elixir, which is basically a Bloody Mary with bacon, olive juice and horseradish.
Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close every day. However, the appetizers are not offered at half price late-night.
The Office is located at 201 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-276-3600
Breathe is a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth checking out. It offers happy hour Monday- Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., featuring half-priced drinks and $6 appetizers at its beautiful bar. Some of my favorites were the stuffed portabella, mussels Harissa style (very spicy) and the Mediterranean place. The bar and lounge area is quite spacious, making it a good place to host a party or event.
Breathe is located at 401 West Atlantic Avenue; 561-330-4526