Hideaway From The Heat

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By: Stephen Chrisanthus Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

With the September heat still bearing down upon us, locals and visitors are in search of a cool sanctuary. The opening of the Delray Hideaway and several other new spots may provide the air-conditioned change of scenery that we thirst.

The Delray Hideaway, formerly Pepe’s Hideaway has reopened as a totally new place! It was built in the 50’s and opened as a bar in the 60’s as Ernie’s Steakhouse. The once smoky pool hall bar has been transformed into a smoke free sports bar-like atmosphere offering good food, 6 flat screens and a huge projector screen. Owner Clint Stevens aims to bring the once popular local bar back to the locals with a brand new clean look and feel.

Having been totally redone, everything is new. They have an electronic dartboard, jukebox, Golden Tee, pool table and even a new Chef.

“The food is great!”exclaims Stevens. “People are surprised how good it is.”

The atmosphere is new but they are still trying to hold on to its history. They have purchased a series of photos from the Delray Beach Historical Society that are located behind the bar. The black and whites portray Delray Beach throughout its early years.

Delray Hideaway is also available to rent out for parties and does catering.  They have a DJ booth that sits atop the bar. One unique thing they have that locals and visitors may like to take advantage of is their package license. This enables the sale of to-go bottles of liquor, wine and beer to patrons all the way up until 2 a.m. Stop by 1045 East Atlantic Ave for an after-hours bottle to take home.

Moving out west to Delray Marketplace there resides another new spot to hide from the heat, Batch Gastropub. Batch is a friendly neighborhood gastropub, and go-to for a locally-sourced approachable menu and expansive drink list. The restaurant has made efforts toward utilizing fresh ingredients and the newest technologies. Their aim is to deliver top-quality products to their guests. They are looking to establish a place for locals go to unwind and dine on simple, good American fare. It is open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends. www.BatchGastropub.com

If you’d prefer to spend your time out of the sun enjoying amazing art in a new way, then you should visit The Heart of Delray Gallery. Brought to you by founder, curator and artist Salvatore Principe and his business partner Daniel Cianciotta, this gallery aims to bring a new innovative approach to the world of art. It offers the opportunity to actually meet the 40 artists displayed, in a visually stunning atmosphere that encourages exploration.

“I’m doing what they did in Artist’s Alley but under one roof,” Principe said.

Roaming this premier 11,000-square-foot-gallery with courtyard is a beautiful way to avoid the September swelter.

For more information on where Delray locals like to go, visit delraybeachsummer.com.