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Palm Beach Nightlife

City Place
700 S. Rosemary Avenue
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 366 9753

Shopping mall City Place is full of the suburban staples (Banana Republic, Ann Taylor), which makes it all the more random a place for this brewpub. There are six microbrews on tap, including the dark-brown, chocolaty Black Duke and the crisp, refreshing Boca Blonde lager. The food is no great shakes, but the Gorgonzola-crusted chips are the best snack food in town. The patio gets pretty rowdy on weekend nights, so stick to the dark-wood bar if you are looking for something more low-key.

Cucina dell Arte
257 Royal Poinciana Way
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 0770

Dinner service at this restaurant ends at 10 pm: That's when the tables are cleared and the place morphs from brassy but fun Italian eatery into one of the Island's scenier bars, which goes until a very un–Palm Beach 3 am. There's a huge patio out front on the street—ideal for rubbernecking—and usually a reliable, mainstream DJ. Expect a crowd that's much younger than at most nightlife spots here, and dressed in everything from flip-flops to a tux (it's a benefit after-party staple).

The Leopard Lounge
The Chesterfield
363 Cocoanut Row
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 659 5800

Yes, it's inside a hotel and attached to a so-so restaurant, but the Leopard Lounge bar is an in-season favorite of the fortysomething scene. This is a so-campy-it's-cool place thanks to the unrestrained bordello-cum-jungle theme: The leopard-print tablecloths match the leopard-print carpet, while the ceiling's swirling scarlet mural looks like the result of one LSD tab too many. The bar boasts a specialty-drinks list that is heavy on gooey martinis, though the leopard martini (vodka with a dash of Amaretto and black Sambuca) has a delicious, unexpected kick.

Respectable Street
518 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 832 9999

A surprising find in Palm Beach, this 20-year-old club is a quintessential raucous alt-music venue: dark, grungy, and dance-y. Its vibe is best summed up by the street-side windows filled with hand-scrawled bill stickers advertising the next big thing. Bands like Dead Kennedys, Death Cab for Cutie, and Gene Loves Jezebel have played here, and most nights you'll find local bands across a range of disciplines playing to a mixed crowd. When you've had enough of the noise and pogo-ing, head to the outdoor patio.

The Royal Room Cabaret
The Colony
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 659 8100

If you're in the mood for a cocktail and some cabaret, the Colony hotel's intimate performance-space regularly attracts familiar crooners (like Broadway diva Betty Buckley and onetime Supreme Mary Wilson) and old-school hoofers (like Fosse protégé Ben Vereen) for brief residencies in season. (Expect lesser names during summer months.) Tickets run about $65 plus $15 drink minimum for the show; a dinner package is $35 more.

Seafood Bar at the Breakers
One South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 6611

If you're not staying at the Breakers resort, make sure you at least check out its oceanfront restaurant with signature aquarium bars.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.