Bäd Ragaz Is an Old World Biergarten for New World Diners
South Florida, congratulations! We can officially say we've entered a new age of beer, a time when nearly any brew-related craving -- no matter how obscure -- can be satisfied by our growing community of brewpubs, breweries, craft-beer bars, and even, dare we say, a biergarten or two.
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Which brings us to Bäd Ragaz Hall & Biergarten, a new South Beach-swank-styled beer hall that opened several months ago in the Las Ventanas retail shops at the corner of Woolbright and Federal Highway in Boynton Beach. Dubbed a "perfect restaurant for foodies and bier aficionados" by owner and creator Alessandro Silvestri, Bäd Ragaz offers 24 draft pours and 50 imported bottles featuring a wide selection of international beers.
Currently open for dinner only, Bäd Ragaz is a fresh take on the neighborhood bar, hangout, and restaurant that every up-and-coming destination neighborhood needs. Named after a small municipality in Switzerland, Bäd Ragaz brings a modernized twist to the old world biergarten, mostly thanks to the sleek, modern décor -- a combination of stark white accents and slate-colored faux cement walls.
Patrons can choose a seat at the room's centralized 360-degree circular bar that seats close to 30 or at one of seven white-leather half-moon booths where sophisticated "table taps" serve a choice of three draft beers. The only traditional touch: several long, communal tables for beer-hall-style socializing.
Although this new world biergarten offers a mix of sophisticated elegance and refined menu options -- not the sort of thing you associate with a beer hall -- here it works, bridging the gap between those who want a nice night out and the area's raucous beer-loving locals.
The real novelty here, aside from the extensive beer menu, is the way the beer is served. Although there is a bottle menu, it may be a second choice over the fresh pour from one of the bar's custom ceramic tap towers -- or the unique self-serve "table-top taps" at any of the stand-alone booths neatly lining the perimeter of the main seating area. Patrons can pour their own pint to their heart's content, each table billed by the ounce, using the only such taps in Palm Beach County.
Bäd Ragaz Biergarten