Downtown Delray Beach Happy Hours to Check Out – Plus Noreen’s Fave Pairings

Looking for some Delray Beach Happy Hours? In America’s most fun small town, there are options a-plenty!

How early would you like to start? SALT 7 on the Ave offers happy hour from 3-7pm. They offer $5 Martinis in luscious flavors like Cucumber Watermelon or Blood Orange, plenty of beer and wine options, and a nice selection of small plates starting at only $3! Insider tip: The outside seating here is fantastic – it’s the place to be on a temperate South Florida evening.  

Noreen’s Picks: $5 Cucumber Watermelon Martini paired The Fillet Mignon bites


City Oyster is another local, favorite, offering happy hour 4-7pm daily at the bar. You’ll enjoy half-price drink specials and $1 raw bar offerings. For many of us, this is the ideal neighborhood place – the one where everyone knows your name!

Noreen’s Picks: See Wayne or Teddy at the bar and ask them to surprise you with a special cocktail made just for you!


Or how about “working late” at The Office? Happy hour here is 3-7pm. A lovely outside seating area at the bar is the perfect setting for drink specials starting at only $3 and food options $4+.

Noreen’s Picks: Blood Orange Martini with Fried Green Tomatoes


If you seek a laid back Key West-style option, Crane’s Beach House does a festive happy hour winding down the week on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 5-6pm at their tropical tiki bar along the pool. Live music adds to the island ambience. A variety of 50% off drink specials are on the menu, but the sangria is the way to go!

Noreen’s Picks: Try the red sangria! So refreshing!


Further east along the beach, look for Boston’s on the Beach!  This classic Delray Beach happy hour spot is offers specials daily from 4-7pm with half-off drink and food specials.

Noreen’s Picks: You can’t beat the value of the one dollar bud light drafts paired with a half- pound of peel and eat shrimp!


These are just a few of our personal favorite Downtown Delray Beach happy hours. There are many more options, some inside the local hotels, some stand-alone bars and restaurants. Check out our Dining and Nightlife page for an overview of the area’s hottest spots.

Let us know which are your happiest of happy hours around town. We’d love to feature your favorites in future posts!

Holidays in Delray Beach: Tree Lighting & More

Holidays in Delray Beach

Holidays in Delray Beach are magical! The month of December brings a record number of visitors to the area each year. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the season and participate in local festivities and traditions:

Christmas Tree Lighting

The month-long Holiday Celebration kicks off with the lighting of the marvelous 100-foot tree located at Old School Square Park (50 NE 2nd Ave) on the Thursday following Thanksgiving.

We like to get downtown early for Happy Hour or an early dinner, so we can get to scoping out the perfect location from which to watch the lighting.

A brand new 100-foot tree was unveiled this year and it is spectacular! Visitors here to enjoy the holidays in Delray are welcome to go inside the tree. There, you can admire the various Christmas scenes and displays that are set up there.

Post-lighting Marvels

After Santa lights the tree, we enjoy walking along Atlantic Avenue. It’s closed to cars fort he evening, allowing for entertainment and activities for all ages along The Ave. The entertainment on the main Old School Square stage starts at 5:00 with the actual lighting (by Santa himself!) is around 7:00 PM. Surrounding the tree are activities for kids of every age: Enjoy Santa’s House, an antique carousel, ice skating rink, mini golf area, a holiday gift shop, and so much more!

Vignettes showcase Santa’s elves in the workshop along with an elaborate model train display… and one or two other surprises.. The Tree is open daily during the day into the evening, however seeing the tree all lit up inside and out is a treat not to miss, so go at night! It’s truly one of the most joyful ways to experience the holidays in Delray.

Holiday Fun All Month Long

The Celebration of the Holidays in Delray continues throughout the month with The Holiday Boat Parade, Breakfast with Santa, The Parade, outdoor movies and concerts, and more. It all culminates with the finale of New Year’s Eve, another awesome outdoor event that we look forward to every year!

Share Your Experiences with the Holidays in Delray

If you get to enjoy any of these events we’d love to hear about your experience too!


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