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March
26

Premier Estate Properties has instituted another first with an innovative alternative method to increase showings of our listings. Qualified buyers will now have the ability to view your luxury residence via live video conferencing on mobile devices using FaceTime® or WhatsApp®.

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Our new company-wide implementation of these applications enables prospective buyers to maximize their Real-Time Virtual Showing experience of your residence. These remote professional showings will be guided by our Premier Estate Properties' Estate Agents, who provide detailed property features of our listings and immediately answer all qualified buyers' questions.

Effectively showing our important listings now include: in-person showings, remote showings with live video conferencing on mobile devices, a professional cinematic video for virtual property showings, as well as professional drone aerial and award-winning HD photography. All to provide buyers an in-depth experience with our listings from a safe and convenient location.

Premier Estate Properties is also implementing safety measures at all personal showings that conform to governmental safety guidelines. With care and vigilance, employing these protocols and precautions, we will move forward together with great success.

Our estate agents invite you to explore the following examples of virtual listings available in our markets:

710 Lake Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33432 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  1. A sprawling two-story home with generous multi-yacht dockage, you'll instantly fall in love with the splendid setting of this single-family property on Lake Boca Raton. View more virtual properties in Boca Raton.

    17791 Saxony Court, Boca Raton, FL 33496 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  2. With landscape design by an award-winning architect and two 18-hole championship golf courses on-site, this magnificent recently reimagined residence will wow you with its incredible detail. View more virtual properties in Boca Raton — Suburban.

    946 Seasage Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33483 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  3. Located one mile away from famous Atlantic Avenue, this chic coastal contemporary estate features a glass-encased stairwell, luxurious first-floor master suite, and resort-style outdoor entertaining space. View more virtual properties in Delray Beach.

    811 Flamingo Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  4. A Mediterranean-style villa in a prestigious neighborhood of private estates, this 4600 square feet property offers tranquil water views and elaborate features. View more virtual properties in Fort Lauderdale.

    516 S. Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, FL 3348 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  5. Located directly across from the beach and only three blocks from Worth Avenue, a gorgeous library, media room with a full bar, and oceanfront sundeck with resort-style pool, spa, and cabana will make you feel like you're on a permanent vacation. View more virtual properties in Palm Beach.

    138 Anchor Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 from Premier Estate Properties on Vimeo.

  6. Live mere feet from the ocean and enjoy access to a private peninsula along the Intracoastal Waterway with this 4/4.2 home with elegant furnishings and traditional features. View more virtual properties in Vero Beach.

Would you like to join us for a virtual tour of one of our luxury properties like the listing above? Using FaceTime or WhatsApp is effortless.

    • To use FaceTime: FaceTime is an application available on all Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Similar to making a phone call, you send or receive a FaceTime request and begin your video chat. Learn more about using FaceTime with this helpful link.
    • To use WhatsApp: WhatsApp is a free application that uses cellular or Wi-Fi connection to provide text, voice, and video calling capabilities to people around the globe. This popular international application can be downloaded on most smartphones and computer systems. Learn more about using WhatsApp with this helpful link.

To learn more about our virtual luxury property tours, feel free to contact us.

March
2

Last week, the Four Seasons Resort on the serene island of Palm Beach, FL, welcomed Top-Tier Real Estate Brokers from around the world to the 2020 Christie's International Real Estate Owners Conference. As cohosts of the event, Premier Estate Properties was in attendance to help clients from around the country strengthen their selling strategies and grow their luxury businesses.

From February 24th – 26th, the 2020 Christie's International Real Estate Owners Conference showcased exceptional speakers and provided collaborative networking opportunities throughout the packed programming schedule.

"As members of this prestigious network, our ability is significantly enhanced to be the dominant leaders in our respective high-end markets. Premier Estate Properties' leadership position is reflected by our unprecedented $1.4 Billion Estate Portfolio and this year, projected annual sales exceeding $1 Billion." 

- Gerry Liguori, Broker/Owner of Premier Estate Properties.

Guests were also invited to tour the latest spectacular oceanside homes for sale on Palm Beach, including:

111 Atlantic Ave

  • 111 Atlantic Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | Listed by Frisbie Team
    This phenomenal property on Atlantic Avenue offers over 7,500 sqft of soothing indoor and outdoor space with beach and lake trail access. 7 bedrooms and 8.2 bathrooms offer plenty of room for family and the occasional guest hoping to enjoy the surrounding amenities of this highly-desired midtown location. Stroll both floors admiring the rich craftsmanship and exceptional attention of this new modern home. The immaculately curated outdoor entertaining area features nine peaceful fountains, a lap pool, multiple loggias, and a sprawling central courtyard.

1063 N Ocean

  • 1063 N. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 Listed by The Jim McCann Group
    Enjoy sweeping ocean views in this elegant elevated six-bedroom home. More than 13,000 sqft across two stories are yours to decorate and adorn with the finest pieces in your collection. An art lover's dream home, the tall wide walls carrying you from the comfortable indoor space to the sprawling outdoor entertaining area. Two staff rooms with a service hall and a four-car stacked garage make this unique single-family home unlike any other in Palm Beach.

710 N County

  • 710 N. County Rd., Palm Beach, FL 33480 | Listed by Rosalind Clarke
    A Florida sanctuary located on a corner-lot mere feet from the ocean! This four-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom offers 3,500 sqft of privacy for those who wish to live a royally relaxed lifestyle. 14-foot ceilings, Venetian plaster walls in the formal dining room, poolside master suite, and chef's kitchen island are just a few of the marvelous features that this refined single-story home offers. A livable beach residence that requires minimal upkeep, you'll spend hours immersed in the quintessential Palm Beach lifestyle.

After appreciating the lavish upgrades and luxurious amenities of these fine properties, guests then enjoyed an evening reception within this rare Manalapan compound:

1040 S Ocean

  • 1040 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL 33462  | Listed by Pascal (Pat) Liguori
    Among the many wonderful estates on the Gold Coast, this massive 16,500 sqft new compound offers the ultimate South Florida experience for a lucky owner. Eight-bedrooms, 12.3-bathrooms, and 400 combined feet of Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway frontage blend classic features together with modern luxury to create a seaside masterpiece. Relax in an oceanfront great room sipping on cocktails from the full-bar while gazing at the sleek fireplace. Host exquisite dinners in the flowing dining room adjacent to the world-class chef's kitchen and 1,100 bottle wine room. Stand on the second floor's rooftop observation deck and look out at the sea before retiring to a master suite in the grand wing. Two master baths, a wardrobe room, an exercise room, and a cozy fireplace will leave you spoiled every morning and night. A separate guest house also includes a living room, dining room, full kitchen, two bedrooms, and three bathrooms.

We thank all agents and associates for joining us for this year's Christie's International Real Estate Owners Conference. Palm Beach is a destination unlike any other in the world and these ravishing oceanside homes for sale perfectly showcase the luxurious lifestyle that is only found in sunny South Florida.

February
5

February Boca Raton Festivals

Festival season never truly ends when you call Southeast Florida home. In February, there's a wonderful collection of local festivals in the Boca Raton area for fun in the Sunshine State. From fabulous food to art, comedy, and live music, the February festival schedule features a little bit of everything. Whether you're dropping by your vacation property for a quick recharge or living in the area full-time, you'll find a festival with your name on it. Our Estate Agents have all the details on five festivals coming to the Boca Raton area this February.

Festivals in Boca Raton This February

  1. Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival – Feb. 7-9 – Mizner Park – 327 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

    Fresh seafood and live music are never far from Boca Raton luxury homes for sale, and the Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy all of your favorites in one place. This weekend-long festival is loaded with seafood fresh from the coastal waters of Florida, prepared by some of your favorite seafood spots in Boca Raton. While you're enjoying a hot meal and cold drink, listen to the sweet sounds of live music with a packed, genre-spanning schedule of performances happening all weekend long.

  2. Festival of the Arts Boca: Cirque du Cinema – Feb. 28 – Mizner Park Amphitheater – 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

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December
30

South Florida Art Galleries

The thriving art scene of South Florida adds to the natural beauty of the coast! 

Whether you're purchasing pieces for your home or you simply love looking at art, the galleries and museums of the South Florida area are sure to please. This area is home to some of the largest, most popular art destinations in Florida, with a great mix of local, national, and international artists' work. Stop by for a visit, support the local art scene, and have a great time in the process.

Our Estate Agents know local art, and we've got the details on 6 art galleries in the South Florida area you definitely don't want to miss.

South Florida Art Gallery Guide

  1. The Heart of Delray Gallery – 1440 N Federal Hwy, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    Amazing art is never far from Delray homes for sale, thanks to great local spots like The Heart of Delray Gallery. If you want to see work from artists who live in the area, this is the place to be. Tour the 11,000 square foot gallery filled to the brim with local art, then spend time in the sunny, scenic courtyard soaking in the sights.

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November
13

 

Holiday Events Boca Raton

The sun is out. The water is crystal clear. It may not feel like winter in Boca Raton, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the season! With the holidays right around the corner, our Estate Agents are excited to share some of our favorite upcoming events in the Boca Raton area!

6 Holiday Events in Boca Raton for 2019

  1. Barbra Streisand: Holiday Memories Starring Carla DelVillagio - 201 W Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
    The New York Post calls Carla DelVillagio, "the next best thing to seeing Streisand herself." Next month, the award-winning celebrity impersonator arrives for what promises to be one of the most exciting holiday events of the season in Boca Raton. Get your tickets now to see Barbra Streisand: Holiday Memories Starring Carle DelVillagio at Mizner Park Cultural Center on December 20. The night will feature selections from Streisand's extensive songbook, including plenty of classics from her holiday albums! 

  2. 48th Annual Holiday Boat Parade - 802 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, FL 33483
    The Annual Holiday Boat Parade has been a Delray Beach tradition for 48 years now, and this year's event is shaping up to be a great one. At 6:30 pm on December 13, a spectacular lineup of brightly decorated boats will make their way along Intracoastal Waterways throughout Boynton Beach and Delray Beach. Get a great view of all the festivities from the Veterans Park Recreation Center in Delray Beach, minutes from Delray homes for sale!

  3. Boca Dunes New Year's Eve Celebration 2020 - 1400 SW 65th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33428
    There are a lot of New Year's Eve parties to choose from in Boca Raton, but the Boca Dunes New Year's Eve Celebration deserves a place on your calendar. The event takes place at the beautiful Boca Dunes Golf & Country Club, near many Boca Raton homes for sale. Reservations are still available for this fun-filled night including dinner and hors d'oeuvres, 5 hours of open bar, continuous DJ music, and a champagne toast at midnight. Doors open at 7:30 pm on December 31!

  4. Intracoastal Holiday Lights Cruise - 501 E Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
    You can always count on the mansions and estates along the Intracoastal Waterway to display some of the most dazzling holiday decorations around. The best view of them is often from the water, and this holiday season, you can soak up that spectacular view aboard an Intracoastal Holiday Lights Cruise. Cruises are available Thursday and Saturday evenings through December 29. 

  5. Five Guys Holiday Mile for Boca PAL - 201-299 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton, FL 33432
    Get ready to hit the streets bright and early on the morning of December 11 for the 19th annual Five Guys Holiday Mile for PAL (Boca Raton Police Athletic League). This 1-mile run/walk begins at Royal Palm Plaza and follows picturesque Mizner Blvd. to the finish line just north of Mizner Park. It's sponsored by Five Guys, who are giving a free hamburger or cheeseburger at the finish line. Plus, stick around after the race to join thousands of spectators for the annual Boca Raton Holiday Parade.

  6. A Christmas Carol: One Man, One Trunk, 25 Characters - 201 W Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
    Head over to Mizner Park Cultural Center as this one-man production presents the timeless classic A Christmas Carol. On December 19th, Timur Kocak will take the stage as all the characters of this beloved Charles Dickens' tale. A fun twist on the holiday story we all know and love!  

There's always something fun and exciting coming up in the Boca Raton area, especially during the holiday season. Contact us to learn more about life in Boca Raton, available Boca Raton homes, and finding your next dream home along the Florida coast!

October
15

Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State for a reason. The ever-present sunshine and warmer temperatures makes the state as a whole an exceptional place to call home. South Florida is particularly pleasant, as we enjoy both beautiful weather and convenient water access to both the vast Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway.

The weather in South Florida is frankly, unbeatable. According to National Weather Service standards, most days in South Florida are considered "mostly sunny," which means most days have between 25 to 50 percent cloud cover — or less.

Many move to the area to get an extra dose of sunshine all year long, as South Florida is the only part of the continental US with a tropical climate. The area maintains relatively moderate temperatures all year long, with an average annual high of 83.3°F, an average annual low of 67.8°F, and an overall average annual temperature of 75.55°F. The temperature rarely dips below 47°F or extends above 92°F, avoiding discomfort on either end of the spectrum. Plus, the ever-present sunshine completes the picture-perfect setting for both residents and visitors of South Florida.

South Florida Real Estate

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And believe it or not, some of the most pleasant months to be in South Florida (Fort Lauderdale, specifically) extend between mid-November and early May, according to the tourism score from WeatherSpark. This score is determined by evaluating clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. And for hot-weather activities, the best time to be in the area is between late March and late May and mid-October through mid-November, when temperatures can range between 75°F and 90°F.

When much of the country is gearing up for rain, snow and freezing temperatures as we enter fall and winter, we are enjoying moderate temperatures, cheerful sunshine and ideal conditions for golfing, dining al fresco or lounging at the pool.

It's no wonder so many are considering a move to South Florida. Other factors drawing people to the area include favorable tax laws, beach and Intracoastal access, the resort-like atmosphere, and more desirable features found only in South Florida.

Not to mention, the region is home to some of the most impressive properties in the world. Explore our unrivaled $1.14 billion estate portfolio to survey some of the finest homes for sale in South Florida.

Ways to Take Advantage of South Florida's Beautiful Weather:

Play a Round of Golf

Golfing in South Florida

Tee off at one of the many incredible golf courses in and around Fort Lauderdale — or gain access to a prestigious private course in South Florida. These impressive courses boast the amenities, well-manicured landscapes and idyllic natural settings to create the ideal golf experience.

 

Dine Al Fresco

Boca Raton has several restaurants with outdoor patios, many of which overlook the Intracoastal or the ocean, providing a scenic backdrop for your meal. Reserve your spot outside to take in the fresh air and sunshine while you enjoy your meal and a glass of white wine.

 

Exercise Outside

Beach Yoga in Boca Raton

There are endless outdoor activities to do in the area, including yoga on the beach, tennis, swimming, stand up paddleboarding and more. You can even join one of these outdoor fitness classes in Boca Raton for a more social exercise experience.

 

Create Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces

If you're in the market for a home, consider buying a property that emphasizes indoor/outdoor living. Many of our properties provide a seamless flow from the indoor living space out to the outdoor entertainment area, often equipped with a summer kitchen, loggia or a sparkling swimming pool and spa. There is truly no better place to bask in the South Florida sunshine than the comfort of your own home.

 

What about you?

How you do you maximize the beautiful weather in South Florida? Let us know in the comments below.

The property in the header image is for sale here.

March
12

Boasting oceanfront bistros, award-winning eateries, refined wine bars, and lively cocktail lounges, Fort Lauderdale is one of the best places to wine and dine in South Florida. However, there's a hidden side to the city's social scene you may not realize exists in this day and age. Fort Lauderdale is home to a number of speakeasies and speakeasy-esque bars, some of which are brand new and others that date all the way back to the Prohibition Era. Explore these hidden bars and lounges tucked behind curtains and padlocked doors to encounter a secret world of mixology in the heart of our city.  

The Hideaway

The Hideaway Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of The Hideaway

While there is certainly no shortage of places to grab a cocktail in Fort Lauderdale, The Hideaway offers a complete historic experience. Located in the classic Bryan building at the easternmost tip of Las Olas Boulevard, The Hideaway offers a rare glimpse into Fort Lauderdale's past. In fact, this building was one of the first commercial buildings built after a fire destroyed much of the city in 1912. So this building was born just before the Prohibition Era, making The Hideaway one of the most true-to-history environments for sipping on handcrafted cocktails in the city — even though the bar itself opened in late 2017.  The space has an industrial chic feel, complete with original Dade County pine, refurbished and reclaimed decor, stamped tin ceilings, and custom period furniture. Award-winning mixologist Carla Rivera oversees the drink menu, which offers a range of artisanal cocktails and craft beers. Complement your drink with a bite to eat from the eclectic rotating counter-style menu.  

Unit B

Unit B Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Unit B

You may have visited the Brass Tap without even realizing this hidden gem was just around the corner. Inside the gastropub, there's a plain wooden door that appears to lead into a storage closet — but it reveals so much more. To enter, you'll need a personalized code, which you must access in advance by filling out a form on Unit B's website. This code will only work that same day and you must access a new code for a repeat visit. Once inside, savor the swanky, lounge interior and the wide selection of Prohibition-era cocktails. A favorite is the Havana, a straightforward combination of rum, Cuban colada syrup, and black walnut bitters. Another classic is the 21st Amendment, made with scotch, fresh lemon juice, and orange blossom honey and ginger syrups. Everything here is handled with precision, from the creation of cocktails to the first-class service. Unit B is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.  

Apothecary 330

Apothecary 330 Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Apothecary 330

Behold — another secret bar hidden in an unassuming establishment. Step inside Pizza Craft near Esplanade Park and look for the black curtain, which shields this upscale speakeasy from plain sight. Apothecary 330 features more than 300 whiskeys, over 20 beers on tap, and an absinthe drip. You will be served by "bar chefs" rather than bartenders, who can walk you through the sophisticated cocktail list. Take a look at the house rules before making your debut at Apothecary 330, as they have a strict semi-formal dress code among other rules. The vibe here is sophisticated and vintage, providing the perfect atmosphere for sipping on a Prohibition-era cocktail.  

Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar

Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Munoz Photography via Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar

If you've been a part of the social scene in Fort Lauderdale, you are likely well aware of Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar, the city's premier cocktail lounge, coffee bar, nightclub, and concert hall with a focus on mixology. Voted one of the coolest speakeasies in America, Stache has an authentic 1920s feel, complete with velvet chairs and couches, elegant chandeliers, vintage books and photographs, and other nostalgic elements. Stache offers a variety of perfectly poured cocktails, plus a selection of quality craft beer, wine, and champagne. There's always something exciting happening at Stache, whether it's a DJ or live band, or some other form of entertainment.  

Shhh…

Which speakeasies are you adding to your bucket list? Let us know which ones you're hoping to visit!
February
19

Boasting oceanfront views, airy outdoor patios, swanky lounges, fresh seafood and refined steakhouses, wining and dining in Fort Lauderdale is second to none. What would make the experience even better? Live music. Thankfully, we have that too! Take a look at the many restaurants and bars in Fort Lauderdale with live music on a regular — sometimes daily — basis.  

RESTAURANTS WITH LIVE MUSIC:

The Balcony

1309 East Las Olas Boulevard The Balcony is an upscale two-story restaurant with an open-air rooftop and balcony overlooking the lively Las Olas Boulevard. Enjoy New Orleans-inspired cuisine, craft cocktails and live music at this exciting eatery on a regular basis.  

Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub

3355 Northeast 33rd Street This lively hotspot is a restaurant, bar and nightclub all rolled into one! Located between the ocean and the Intracoastal off A1A, Fishtales serves a complete menu of seafood specialties and other grilled dishes, plus a full bar. There's always something exciting happening at Fishtales — including live music seven days a week!    

Spazio

239 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Spazio Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Malcolm Mayo via Spazio

This casual-chic Italian eatery is situated in the heart of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Dine al fresco on the oceanfront patio, host a family celebration in the semi-private wine lounge or gather with friends for a drink at the bar. Wherever you are, take in the breathtaking ocean views. The views are most visible on the patio, enhanced by live top 40 and flamenco music every night from 7–11 p.m.  

Chima Steakhouse

2400 East Las Olas Boulevard Situated on Las Olas Boulevard just minutes from the beach, Chima offers a serene dining experience with a touch of exclusivity. Enjoy their steak-centric menu in the chic dining room with an outdoor bar and courtyard. Their daily happy hour is from 5–8 p.m. and includes half-off select drinks, a bite-size special, and live music Wednesday through Saturday!  

Timpano Italian Chophouse

450 East Las Olas Boulevard This refined Italian eatery serves steaks, chops, seafood and freshly made pasta accompanied by a wide selection of wines and hand-shaken cocktails. Plus, Timpano offers live music, libations and late-night bites in the lounge each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The full dinner and cocktail menu is also available all evening long.  

QBar Burgers & Blues

2376 North Federal Highway Qbar is a New Orleans-inspired burger bar and restaurant tucked inside the River Market. This lively spot offers a happy hour on weekdays (from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.) and free daily live music from the very best local and national jazz and blues bands.  

Truluck's

2584A East Sunrise Boulevard Truluck's Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Truluck's

With several locations across the country, Truluck's is a getaway for the senses. They serve fresh-catch seafood and prime tender steaks prepared to perfection, complemented by delicious wines by the glass and bottle. Plus, Truluck's offers live entertainment on a nightly basis!  

Shooters Waterfront

3033 Northeast 32nd Avenue Nestled along the Intracoastal, Shooters Waterfront has been a community staple since 1982. It offers dockside views, fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and lively events — including live music on a regular basis.  

Cafe Ibiza

213 South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Situated just steps from the ocean, Cafe Ibiza features an all-day menu of fresh seafood, homemade pastas, chilled salads and entree sandwiches — all offered on their outdoor patio or indoor tables. Stop by for a cocktail and enjoy some of the area's best live music. Take a look at the calendar to see who is playing at Cafe Ibiza in the near future!  

BARS WITH LIVE MUSIC:

33rd Street Wine Bar

3337 Northeast 33rd Street Stop by 33rd Street Wine Bar for some of the best wines in town and a wide range of small bites on their tapas menu. And on the weekends, this cozy wine bar hosts some of the area's most talented jazz musicians.  

Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar

109 Southwest 2nd Avenue Stache is considered Fort Lauderdale's premier cocktail lounge, coffee bar, nightclub and concert hall — all rolled into one! While their cocktails landed them on USA Today's list of the top whiskey bars in America, Stache is also known for their live music. They seamlessly blend classic rock, funk, soul, and R&B with indie and electronic/house music. Check out the calendar to see what's next at this popular cocktail lounge.    

Blue Martini

2432 East Sunrise Boulevard Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale

Photo Courtesy of Blue Martini

Located at The Galleria on Sunrise Boulevard, Blue Martini is the place to be every night of the week. They have a daily happy hour, offering discounts on drinks and menu items, plus an unbeatable nightlife experience. Take a look at the live bands and entertainment happening at Blue Martini in the near future.  

Blue Jean Blues

3320 Northeast 33rd Street Blue Jean Blues is an inviting bar with exposed brick walls, moody lighting, and cozy seating. Enjoy an appetizer, cocktail, beer or glass of wine while you hear live jazz or blues music seven afternoons a week! Blue Jean Blues has a $5 band cover charge for the Friday and Saturday 9 p.m. shows.  

Tarpon River Brewing

280 Southwest 6th Street Located in the heart of downtown, Tarpon River Brewing is a unique gastropub offering a full line-up of craft beer brewed on site, accompanied by a beer-inspired food menu. Enjoy live music at Tarpon River every Friday and Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. Follow along on Facebook to see the upcoming band schedule!  

NYSW Jazz Lounge

107 Southwest 6th Street NYSW Jazz Lounge Fort Lauderdale The NYSW Jazz Lounge is a fun atmosphere for enjoying live jazz music — both indoors and outdoors. This relatively new addition to downtown offers jazz every day they are open, playing live jazz Wednesdays through Sundays. Plus, the jazz lounge has a happy hour buffet on Fridays from 5–7 and happy hour from 4–8 p.m.  

It's Dinner and a Show!

Let us know which Fort Lauderdale live music happenings are your favorite. Comment below with suggestions!
January
30

Love is in the air! Whether you're embarking on a first or second date, or you've been going on dates with your significant other for years, there are so many excellent date ideas in Boca Raton. Take a look at some of our favorite date activities, from food- and wine-centric experiences to adventurous activities in the water. These fun and unique date activities will ensure your date goes off without a hitch!  

Visit the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Gumbo Limbo Nature Preserve Boca Raton, FL

Photo Courtesy of Ben Hicks via the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center

Situated within Red Reef Park between the ocean and the Intracoastal, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a 20-acre nature preserve teeming with wildlife. Take a stroll along the boardwalk leading to a scenic lookout, relax in the butterfly garden, or observe sea turtles in the rehabilitation facility. With water views, lush landscaping and interesting wildlife, the preserve is a picturesque and laid-back date destination.  

Savor a Five-Course Meal at Six Tables

Six Tables is truly a unique and interactive dining experience. Situated at Mizner Park, this romantic eatery only offers a chef's prix fixe five-course menu at a single seating at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Plus, as the name implies, the restaurant only has six tables, which enhances the intimate and personalized experience. The $99 prix fixe menu includes hors d'oeuvres, a soup, salad, a main plate, a dessert and a variety of beverages, starting with a welcoming sparkling aperitif and ending with a glass of port digestif. Reserve one of the six tables by calling 561-347-6260.  

Stroll Through Mizner Park

Mizner Park Boca Raton, FL

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A visit to Mizner Park is a laid-back option for the indecisive couple. This expansive lifestyle center serves as the heart of activity in Boca, and there is no shortage of things to do here. Pop in and out of upscale boutiques and designer stores, stop for a bite to eat or a drink, admire artwork at a local gallery, and people watch all the while.  

Go to Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

While technically just up the road in Delray Beach, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a popular destination for Boca residents. This stunning cultural center embraces the century-old connection between Japan and South Florida. Since opening in 1977, the Morikami Museum has welcomed thousands of visitors, all eager to explore the rotating exhibitions, tea ceremonies, and traditional gardens. Within these halls, you will find more than 7,000 Japanese art objects and artifacts, including a 500-piece collection of tea ceremony items. A visit to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens makes for a serene and beauty-filled date activity.    

Embark on a Brewery Tour at Barrel of Monks Brewing

Barrel of Monks Brewing Boca Raton

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Barrel of Monks proudly brews Belgian-inspired beers to bring the taste of the Old World a little closer to home. Visit and tour their state-of-the-art brewery in Boca to see the process up close and personal — and sample a few brews all the while. Barrel of Monks offers brewery tours on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., except during special events. There is no reservation necessary for the tours and Groupon tickets may be purchased here.  

Laugh at Mizner Park Comedy Club

Sit back, relax and let out a few laughs at Mizner Park Comedy Club. This popular comedy club hosts a variety of comedians, both well-known and up-and-coming, in an intimate space. Take a look at their upcoming shows to get tickets, all of which benefit local non-profit organizations. Beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and candy are available for purchase at each show, and there are no purchase minimums. Attendees are encouraged to dine prior to or after the show at any number of restaurants in Mizner Park and the Downtown Boca area.  

Go Stand Up Paddleboarding With Salty Dog Paddle

Paddleboarding in Boca Raton Take your date off dry land with an adventurous paddleboarding trip at Lake Boca. Salty Dog Paddle offers this peaceful paddleboarding tour perfect for trying SUP yoga poses and for first-time paddleboarders. The seawalls on either side of the Intracoastal help to break up most of the waves caused by wind. Plus, there is not much boat traffic in this calm area and sometimes the water is still enough that you can see the bottom of the sea floor! Make your reservation for this active and fun date idea.  

Dine Al Fresco on an Outdoor Patio

With the gorgeous scenery and water access we enjoy in Boca, it's only right to witness it all atop an outdoor patio while you dine. There is an array of restaurants with outdoor patios in Boca Raton, offering Intracoastal views, fresh air, and a serene atmosphere. Some of our favorites include City Fish Market, Boca Landing, Waterstone Rum Bar & Grill, and Farmer's Table.  

Get the Huna Treatment at the Maui Spa & Wellness Center

Maui Spa This exquisite, tri-level sanctuary is a favorite amongst South Florida residents, most likely because it makes them feel like they have stepped onto the Hawaiian islands. Indeed, the spa is the brainchild of Gayle Wentworth, who lived in Maui for 10 years before opening her business in 2007, bringing that aloha spirit to Florida! From massages to wraps, all of the spa's services are wholesome and invigorating, and all based in Polynesian tradition. Take for instance the Huna Treatment, which begins with a gentle warm oil treatment on the "third eye" to quiet the mind and restore inner calm. Then enjoy a scalp and deep-tissue massage (Lomi Lomi) designed to heal the body and reduce stress. It is one of the most popular treatments for a reason! Looking for more luxurious spas in the area? Check out these unique and lavish spa treatments in South Florida.  

Try Scuba Diving with Force-E Scuba Centers

Even if you've never tried scuba diving, Force-E Scuba Centers offers a chance to try it out before committing to the real deal. The Force-E Try Scuba Diving program allows you to get a sample of diving — either in a pool, off a beach or from a dive boat. Consider this exciting and informative option for your next date adventure! Who knows? If you enjoy it, you can even take the plunge into a certification course in the future.  

Sip on Exceptional Wines at Vino Wine Bar

Vino Wine Bar Boca Raton

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Wine tasting always makes for a romantic date night activity — especially if it's in a cozy and elegant atmosphere like Vino Wine Bar. Visit this intimate, centrally located wine bar to sample from their collection of over 250 wines by the glass. Their wine list includes a variety of regions, vintages, and varietals to keep your visit interesting. Enhance the experience with a bite to eat, live entertainment, and an overall sophisticated atmosphere. Vino Wine Bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight.  

Enjoy Dinner AND a Show at iPic Theaters

Bring the best of both worlds — dinner and a movie — into one luxe setting at iPic Theaters at Mizner Park. This upscale movie theater features plush seating, modern technology, and in-theater service for chef-driven dishes and an excellent selection of drinks. iPic is a pioneer of the dine-in theater concept. While you watch a movie, you can enjoy high-quality, chef-driven fare from award-winning Chef Sherry Yard, complemented by farm-to-glass cocktails and a variety of drink options. Choose from iPic's signature seating options, Premium leather seats or Premium Plus leather recliners, to enjoy your movie experience in exceptional comfort. Take a look at upcoming showtimes to book your next date night at this all-inclusive luxury movie theater.  

Admire Artwork at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Boca Raton Museum of Art

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Experience the vibrant arts culture of the city with a visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. This beautiful museum in Mizner Park hosts a wide range of art in a myriad of styles and mediums, held in both permanent collections and rotating exhibits. Share your favorite pieces with your date as you stroll through the exhibits hand in hand. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays, and is open from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 12–5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over, and free for members and children under 12.  

Explore Boca by Water With Boca Boat Adventures

If you don't have your own boat or yacht to explore the city by water, don't fret! Boca Boat Adventures offers the only private speed boat tours and excursions in and around Boca Raton. They specialize in private and personal small group tours for up to six guests, which allows for a much more intimate touring experience. Cruise through the Intracoastal to take in views of the famous Boca Club & Resort, the many stunning waterfront estates in Boca, sparkling Lake Boca, and a number of waterfront parks.  

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January
22

The start of a new year is a natural time to create a list of goals aimed at implementing better habits down the road. This may include a new fitness routine, a stricter budget or a healthy eating plan. To help with the healthy eating portion, we compiled a list of some of our favorite healthy eateries and juice bars in Delray Beach, serving cold-pressed juices and açaí bowls packed with nutrition, vegan-friendly salads and sandwiches, and other health-focused offerings.  

HEALTHY RESTAURANTS:

The New Vegan

528 Northeast 2nd Street The New Vegan is passionate about spreading the reality that you don't need to be vegan to eat vegan! Their all-vegan eatery is open to both die-hard vegans and those looking for a healthy meal. The restaurant is not only focused on making great and diverse vegan cuisine, but also educating the community on the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. The gluten- and soy-free menu is packed with a variety of 100 percent plant-based meals with a combination of raw, cooked, baked, and grilled food. They serve a variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and a number of beverages, sides and other offerings.  

PurGreens

45 Northeast 2nd Avenue PurGreens is committed to all things fast, fit and fresh. They do organic with a commitment to flavor and great service, making healthy eating a simple, fast and delicious experience. Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, their menu is designed to keep your healthy eating habits on track. Create your own healthy bowl, wrap or salad, choosing the starch and/or protein base and adding your choice of 100+ fresh ingredients.    

Surf Shack Subs Smoothies & Bowls

916 Southeast 5th Avenue Perfectly blending into the laid-back, tropical vibe of Delray Beach, Surf Shack Subs Smoothies & Bowls is a casual walk-up window, food and beverage shop with a surf/tiki style. Enjoy your sandwich, smoothie or açaí bowl at one of their adorable surfboard or palapa tables surrounded by tropical foliage. You can also play a game of corn hole while you wait for your food to be ready!  

Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen

204 East Atlantic Avenue Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen Delray Beach

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Gary Rack's Farmhouse Kitchen was cultivated to represent a powerful mission of honoring the environment and supporting local purveyors, upholding the irresistible farm-fresh lifestyle we all crave. The menu was thoughtfully developed to include "just good food" that is made with seasonal, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients. Choose from an array of delicious appetizers, refreshing salads, hearty handheld options like burgers, sandwiches and wraps, tacos, and entrees from both the land and sea.  

Bear's Food Shack

540 West Atlantic Avenue This casual beachy spot is serving up a selection of fresh whole food smoothies, handcrafted açaí bowls, poke and savory bowls, and fresh salads. Bear's Food Shack is passionate about serving food that makes their guests (who they consider "ohana" — or family!) happy, both inside and out. In addition to the carefully crafted menu, the vibrant interior of Bear's Food Shack was a labor of love — from the rafters holding a surfboard from Hawaii to the colorful tables made from an old Tahitian fishing boat.  

Fit Food Express

302 Northeast 4th Street

This health food takeout store aims to make it convenient and affordable to eat healthy, delicious meals. That's why they have carefully designed their meals to be packed full of flavor and void of fats, carbohydrates or calories. The Fit Food Express kitchen prepares fresh meals cooked daily and packaged into microwavable containers for you to take home. They also have an organic smoothie and juice bar on site too! Choose from their selection of smoothies, juices, açaí bowls, and healthy shots.

 

localgreens

1841 South Federal Highway Suite 400 The folks at localgreens believe that eating healthy should be easy. They also know how difficult it is to get your recommended amount of vegetables. Therefore, they decided to be a one-stop shop for all things green, incorporating locally sourced, organic ingredients in everything they make. Options at localgreens include rice bowls, power bowls, hot bowls, handcrafted popsicles, salads, smoothies and more!  

Veg Eats

335 East Linton Boulevard Suite B12 A relatively new addition to Delray Beach, Veg Eats is a plant-based vegan-friendly eatery. This family-owned and -operated company is passionate about sharing fresh, delicious, wholesome, plant-based vegan food that fuels and energizes — all without compromising flavor, taste or satisfaction. Using pea protein as their main protein source in their dishes, Veg Eats offers a diverse menu with a variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, sides and more!  

JUICE BARS:

JuiceBuzz MRKT + JUICERY

6 Northeast 5th Avenue JuiceBuzz MRKT + JUICERY Delray Beach

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Located just off the lively Atlantic Avenue, JuiceBuzz is Delray Beach's first dedicated juice and smoothie bar. Operating under the mantra that "food is medicine," JuiceBuzz serves a variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, healthy shots and açaí bowls for on-the-go nutrition. The juice bar is accompanied by a market, featuring a wide range of health and wellness products.  

Juice Papi

95 Southeast 4th Avenue Juice Papi was born out of its founder's passion for exercise and health, which eventually led to a love for juicing. After two years of cold-pressed juice recipe creation and product refinement, Juice Papi took shape. The menu at Juice Papi, including the juices, smoothies, açaí bowls and shots, is constantly being refined further to ensure each element is of the utmost quality and taste.  

Fit Food Express

302 Northeast 4th Street PurEnergy Juice Bar Delray Beach

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Fit Food Express serves an array of made-to-order juices, organic smoothies, açaí bowls and shots, all made with organic ingredients. One of their most popular items is the Pretzel Twist bowl, made with almond milk, açaí, kale, cacao powder and banana topped with homemade granola, pretzel, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, peanut butter, and fresh banana slices.  

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