Whether it’s a posh glass of red on Worth Avenue, or a beachfront bottle of sparkling white, Palm Beach celebrates its wine bars. Here are our Top 5.
1 The Blind Monk
Ben Lubin, a native of West Palm Beach, former Marine and veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sought to create a friendly, neighborhood wine bar from the perspective of the consumer, with a focus on the whole experience of having a drink, not just the end result. So, in August 2010, The Blind Monk was born. Touting its namesake, Dom Pierre Perignon, The Blind Monk carries over 100 different bottles of wine, each with their own story and tapas pairing. With a large calendar of live events, The Blind Monk is the perfect place to meet up for live entertainment, movie screenings or an intimate gathering.
This popular wine bar is a 65-seat chic bar that offers more than 250 rare varietal wines produce from small vineyards around the USA. Choose your poison by the glass, flight or bottle. Among the many flavorful tapas available is a wide variety of artisan cheeses with a selection guide in pairings for the ultimate flavor combinations. Executive Chef David Welch studied culinary arts at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 1999 and spent time in some of the most sought after luxury hotels and restaurants from Philadelphia to Miami including the Lowe’s Miami Beach Hotel, Smith Wollensky, Tantra and Aqualina.
3 Tapestry Bar
Located in the famed Breakers Resort, this Palm Beach bar exudes elegance and Old World glamour, as 15th century tapestries surround guests. The mahogany bar hosts exotic cocktails and an extensive wine list, as patrons enjoy the view of antique mirrors and shimmering chandeliers, coupled with the sound of live jazz.
4 Taboo Restaurant and Bar
This “South Florida meets Rodeo Drive” hot spot is a constant host to Bentley’s, Maserati’s and Ferrari’s. With Rod Stewart as one of their ‘regulars’, Taboo is a host of great Happy Hours in their cozy location of Worth Avenue. In typical Palm Beach island fashion, most locals opt for a seat at the bar, where they discuss their latest business trips and investments, while keeping the establishment completely unpretentious.
5 Vic & Angelo’s
Standing proudly in PGA’s ‘restaurant row’, this energetic, upbeat enoteca features an extensive and notable collection of over 200 bottles of wine that are hand-selected each and every season. A large wrap around marble bar outside creates the perfect setting for wine tasting and food pairing, while simultaneously enjoying the wonderful Palm Beach weather.