Drew & The Woo: Part III

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Drew and The Woo is a regular Pineapple series that follows two young professionals as they look for the perfect night out in Delray Beach. They’ll need a happy hour, a sub-20-buck dinner, some live music and a late-night hot spot. Call it a scavenger hunt, bar crawl or even a mild bender. Either way – you’re going to want to follow in their footsteps. At the end of the year, Drew and The Woo will select their top choice for each category and invite the whole city to come out and join them for “The Best Night Out In Downtown Delray.”

HAPPY HOUR Falcon House An oldie, but a goodie. This rustic approach to an art bar is borderline tropical with its outdoor seating and lush surroundings. Happy hour includes half off most drinks from 5pm-7pm. 116 Northeast 6th Avenue  Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 243-9499 Drew: I hear we have some company tonight, huh? Ryan: The word is out. This monthly series is interactive. Followers can either read about what we did – or read about what they did with us. I love it. Drew: Well next month a few Delray regulars are going to be reading about themselves enjoy- ing half off drinks at Falcon House. We even have a City Commission candidate joining us in our quest. Ryan: – Wait! You’re not going to name the candidate, are you? If we feature one, we’ll have to give equal opportunity to the rest. Drew: True. So it’s official; we’re inviting all City Commission candidates to join us for a Drew and The Woo Night. Ryan: As long as they’re buying.

Drew: Well that isn’t an issue at Falcon House. All the drinks are half off. Not two for one, but half off. Ryan: So if I want an odd number of drinks, it’s cool? Drew: One, three, five… eleven. Knock your self out. Anyway you drink it, you’re getting a deal. Ryan: Eleven? I’d better order a few of these tasty tapas. Drew: Go for it. Falcon House was rocking the tapas menu long before it became a restaurant craze. Most plates are $8.88 or less and are perfect for sharing. Ryan: I’m not sharing my Parmesan Fries with you, if that’s what you’re getting at. Drew: I was simply pointing out that Falcon House is an original. Ryan: Indeed, to its bones. The setting has a South American vibe. Open windows and doors combine the indoor and outdoor environments. Warm reds complement the tropi- cal surroundings and create a chill lounge feel. Drew: Half off drinks, delicious tapas and a relaxing indoor/outdoor bar. What more could you ask for in a Happy Hour? Ryan: A tab picked up by our City Commission Candidates.

DINNER FOR UNDER $20 The Shack A new addition to the Ave – The Shack is a real deal sub shop with a tiki hut twist. An affordable draft beer selection and the place is always buzzing. Enjoy a sub, some tunes and a little bimini ring anytime. 632 E Atlantic Ave  Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 278-0910 Drew: It’s my favorite place to order lunch from downtown. Ryan: You just like it because they deliver to your office in a Hawaiian wrapped golf cart with a surfboard on top.

Drew: Seeing that red cart pull up makes my day. Ryan: For sure. Especially since it’s filled with giant tasty sandwiches. Drew: Which brings us to why we’re here. Among a sea of Subway’s and Quiznos – the classic, local sub (or submarine) shop has sadly become a thing of the past. But now, places like Laspadas and our very own The Shack are bringing the sub back! Ryan: And they’re doing it by using quality ingredients and a heavy hand. The Shack Special that I just ordered only cost $9.28 and I won’t have to eat for three days. Drew: Make that sandwich a combo with an interesting beer selection, Rastafar Rye Ale, and some Dirty’s potato chips – and you’re out the door for only $15.62. Ryan: I know you love to get take out, but I bet most people want to eat in at this joint. It’s bohemian, yet refined. There’s a tiki hut in the back, some photos of patrons on the wall and very hip orange glass counter tops that are actually made by the owner. Drew: So the owner of The Shack also makes futuristic glass counter tops? Ryan: And he gets to drive the SHACK-MOBILE whenever he wants. Drew: My hero.

LIVE MUSIC Blue Anchor The Blue Anchor is an English pub in Downtown Delray with a rich history and a soft spot for tradition. It’s the bar of choice for locals who want to catch live music, watch a soccer game or just chow on authentic fish & chips. 804 East Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, FL 33483 (561) 272-7272 Drew: Ah, yes. My own secret downtown pub. Ryan: Secret? The place is packed. Drew: Yeah but it’s a different kind of “packed.” This place always feels like I’m hanging out with a group of friends, rather than a crowd of strangers. Ryan: That’s probably because everyone here is a Delray local and I’m pretty sure most of them are your actual friends. Drew: No, no. This little pub has always had something the other bars don’t. Ryan: Scotch eggs? Drew: No. Authenticity. The food, the bartenders and even the patrons. This place is real. It’s like my living room, but with great live music… Ryan: …and an old school cigarette machine. Which proves that The Blue Anchor doesn’t care about trends. It cruises along, untouched by time. No energy drink infused shots, no DJs, and definitely no bedazzled shirts. Drew: Right. Get this – we ran into a couple that not only met at Blue Anchor 20 years ago, they met while listening to the same band. Ryan: And not like 20 years ago they were both here, listening to Rolling Stones on the jukebox. They were here actually seeing the same live band 20 years ago that still plays now, Mad Cow.

Drew: That says a lot for Blue Anchor, but maybe even more about Mad Cow. This band is like ZZ Tops’ beards; classic. We looked them up on Facebook while they we’re playing and – Ryan: – I’m sorry. These guys are on “The Facebook?” Drew: Yes, and they have quite a presence. Their profile nails what they bring to Blue Anchor week after week…“A high-energy trip back to the Sixties and Seventies with these three guys is contagious! Led by Stewart on vocals, guitar and keyboard. (Yes folks, he plays both instru- ments at the same time!) This talented trio carries you right back to rock’s golden era. Whatever lights your fire – The Doors, Beatles, Hendrix, The Stones or Pink Floyd – this band will make you want to sing and dance ’til you drop.” Ryan: Wow. My profile just says “Male. Married.” Drew: Sounds like you’re just not as cool as Mad Cow. Online or offline. Ryan: That hurts bro. Fortunately we’re meeting the Spot Coffee crew at our next stop. My cool level is about to be turned to eleven.

LATE NIGHT SPOT Pepe’s Hideaway Delray Beach’s second oldest bar, Pepe’s Hideaway boasts a location that’s perfect for beachside tourists looking for a late night local’s spot. Expect good service and strong drinks. 1045 E Atlantic Ave # B Delray Beach (561) 276-3570 Ryan: Pepe’s Hideaway is a Bar in every sense of the word. That’s probably why their sign just says, “The Bar.” Drew: Let’s run down the “Bar Checklist.” Liquor? Ryan: Check. Drew: Pool table? Ryan: Check. Drew: Smokey? Ryan: Check Drew: Jukebox? Ryan: Check. Drew: Friendly bartenders? Ryan: Check. Drew: Open till 2am or later? Ryan: Check. Drew: Darts? Ryan: Check Drew: Yup, we have ourselves a bar. Ryan: I think it’s cool to call it a dive bar. I mean, especially since people seem to have become recently infatuated with dives. Drew: You’re right. In a world filled with martini bars, nightclubs, craft brew houses and hookah lounges – the dive bar is flat out refreshing. Ryan: Thank you! My feelings exactly. This place is completely refreshing. It’s simple, and straightforward. Drink some beer, play some games and jam out to Def Leppard. Drew: All in a sprawling two-story location hidden just East of the Intracoastal.   Ryan: Just look for “The Bar” sign – and you’ll find this late night dive. Drew: Cheers! To dive bars! TAB. TAXI. BED. Want us to consider your favorite local hang- out? Email us at info@drewandthewoo.com.