Racks is the newest addition to Atlantic Avenue. After having a “coming soon” sign outside for about six months, it finally opened its doors at the end of January and made many seafood lovers like myself happy. Located on SE 2nd Avenue directly facing Salt 7, Racks offers both indoor and patio seating (for tables and the bar).
Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. every day at the bar only, and the deals include half off on appetizers, draft beer, glasses of wine under $14, and most liquor. The fish tacos, tuna crunch and crispy Ipswich clams are all great, but my favorite is Racks’ Maryland crab cake. Fresh, lumpy and seasoned just right, it’s possibly the best crab cake I’ve ever had.
Aside from the incredible crab cake, the best deal on happy hour has got to be the oysters. They’re only $1 each, and they often have more than one kind so you can mix and match.
Racks is located at 5 SE 2nd Avenue; 561-450-6718
Buddha Sky Bar
Buddha Sky Bar is my ultimate favorite. I try to take it in as much as possible during the summer, because in season it’s nearly impossible to score a place to sit. Unlike most other spots on the Ave, during the busy winter months happy hour really is only an hour, from 5 to 6 p.m. It is extended until 7 p.m. during the summer. Keep in mind though that it’s only open Wednesday-Sunday in the summer.
The food at Buddha Sky Bar is consistently fresh and delicious. I’ve been dozens of times and tried a majority of the menu, and I have yet to have something that wasn’t incredible. Some of the portions are on the smaller side and at regular price the food is a bit pricey, but it’s completely reasonable at happy hour. Half off sushi, appetizers, dim sum and select drinks. My personal favorites are the Handsome Rob roll, miso cod skewers, Wagyu-beef skewers, Peruvian-style ceviche and the Shiso Zen Passion cocktail. The service is friendly and knowledgeable and the ambiance is great. I love this place because it never fails to make me happy.
Buddha Sky Bar is located at 217 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-450-7557
Vic & Angelo’s
Vic & Angelo’s is a great place to see and be seen while enjoying half-priced cocktails and appetizers. The bar is huge, and you have the option of being indoors or outside, which I prefer when the weather is nice. The only downside to the outside bar is that it’s about 20 feet away from the railroad tracks. When a train goes by, which they often do, it gets LOUD.
The food at Vic & Angelo’s is delicious and the portions are generous. My favorite happy hour appetizers are the grilled octopus, the giant meatball and the oregenatta trio (lobster, shrimp and calamari sprinkled with Italian breadcrumbs and lemon). Not listed on the happy hour menu, but still worth mentioning is their pizza. The Mulberry Street is my favorite pizza on the entire Ave.
Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close (for drinks) every day.
Vic & Angelos is located at 290 East Atlantic Ave; 561- 278-9570
The Office has recently expanded their happy hour menu to include more half-priced appetizers and it also now includes 50% off on all drinks (excluding bottles). Like Vic & Angelo’s, The Office offers both indoor and outdoor bar seating, making it a place for not only people, but also dogs, to socialize. The bartenders are friendly and will gladly give you water for your pooch.
The Office is one of the few places on the Ave. to actually eat healthy during happy hour, as the half-price menu features five salads. My personal favorite is the horiatiki, their take on the classic Greek salad. My other recommendations are the buffalo wings, the tomato and burrata mozzarella salad and the Shu-Mai dumplings. For cocktails I recommend the Creamsicle and Office Elixir martinis and the Bloody Elixir, which is basically a Bloody Mary with pieces of bacon, olive juice and horseradish.
Happy hour runs from 3-7 p.m. and again from 10-close every day. However, the appetizers are not offered at half price late-night.
The Office is located at 201 East Atlantic Avenue; 561-276-3600