Ten Best Bars for Cocktails in Palm Beach County

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Nicole Danna
A cocktail from the Kapow! seasonal fall menu.
2. Kapow! Noodle Bar
Kapow! isn't just a noodle bar -- it's also one of the county's best craft cocktail bars. Imbibers can indulge in a colorful drink selection drafted seasonally by mixologist Angela Dugan, who takes great pride in sourcing fresh herbs from the bar's own organic garden, and uses specialty spices and liquors to concoct some pretty intense pairings. Out of more than a dozen cocktails you can even find several "low impact" drinks -- those with fewer calories and less alcohol -- to help keep indulging in-check. This season look for new combinations, as well as the signature favorite known as the Spicy Lover, which combines fresh muddled cucumber and cilantro with agave, a dash of hot sauce and a shot of good tequila.

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Nicole Danna
Sweetwater is Palm Beach County's speakeasy style cocktail lounge.
1. Sweetwater Bar & Grill
South Florida, this isn't your average bar -- and these aren't your average drinks. Enter the cocktail lover's paradise, where authentic classic craft cocktails are mixed by master bartender and co-owner Sean Iglehart, who has a passion for gin and whiskey (but his tequila, vodka and rum drinks are equally delicious). Have a hankering for something obscure? He can make it for you, and no doubt give it his own twist; Iglehart is well-versed in cocktail history, having traveled extensively honing his skill, most recently covering the underground drink culture in the Pacific northwest. Like a speakeasy of the 1920s, the aptly named Sweetwater -- located in a near-hidden location in a small street-front space off Federal Highway in Boynton Beach -- is equipped with an arsenal of bitters, house-made infusions, specialty liqueurs, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables to make you one hell of a drink. Part of the authenticity also includes Iglehart's ritualistic execution of his craft, the drawn-out process of creating a layered cocktail using old-world style bar instruments. Prepare for a show, keep an eye out for the wooden swizzle stick, and be sure to sit back when he uses an open flame to infuse your drink with the oils from a lemon peel. Prepare to be dazzled, and hooked.

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Location Info

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Blue Martini Boca Raton

6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Music

Tanzy

301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Farmer's Table

1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

El Camino

15 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Dirty Martini

11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Category: Music

Hullabaloo Italian Gastropub

517 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

HMF

1 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL

Category: Music

Kapow! Noodle Bar

431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sweetwater Bar & Grill

1507 S. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Music

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