Best Happy Hours in Palm Beach County

Need a new hotspot to go with friends? These four locations will keep you busy with happy hours for at least a month!

Smoke BBQ, Delray Beach

Who wants yet another 2-4-1 happy hour? Smoke ups the game with a THREE for 1 happy hour. So you will want to stay awhile – good thing happy hours is noon to 7 pm! Smoke is also known for some of the best chicken wings in the county. Sounds like happy hour in a happy place!

Deck 84, Delray Beach

Happy hour by the water is a reminder of why we live in Palm Beach County. Enjoy the tropical themed indoors or the large outdoor patio where you will find happy-hour pricing on drinks and food from 3 to 6 Monday through Friday.

Kabuki Sushi & Thai, West Palm Beach

Happy hour and sushi – two great things in one great place. Drinks and your favorite raw fish have happy hour prices from 3 to 7 daily, including half-priced select cocktails, $2.50 beers, $4 sake bombs, and sushi rolls or tapas plates priced $4 to $6 apiece.

Rhum Shak, Lake Worth

Casual and fun, with a happy hour that happens every day from 11 to 7. Special prices on beer wine and liquor are paired with different food specials on various days. You will find 49-cent chicken wings on Thursday and $10.95 full rack of ribs on Tuesday. Remember, Alan Jackson sang, “It’s always 5 o’ clock somewhere.” Might as well be at Rhum Shak.


Clues to Watch for a Market Shift

The doldrums of the real estate market are long past us. The sellers’ market is hot again. But can that shift? Of course. So when can we expect a shift to a buyers market? Look for these clues:

  • Interest rates on the rise

If interest rates are expected to rise, as they may again, buyers will be motivated to snap up their dream home soon. Once rates do rise, some buyers will cool off. For perspective on the current market, the average 30-year mortgage rate is 4.11% in July 2017, compared to 3.44% a year earlier. Keep an eye on whether those rates start rising further.

  • New homes being built again

More homes available for sale is good for buyers; not so much for sellers. Here in South Florida, new home construction is heating up – and those new homes are competition for the resale market. While today is nowhere near the craziness of the early 2000s era with new developments popping up in every spare lot, the builders are back and new homes are hitting the market in a steady stream.

  • South Florida attractive as always!

As folks retire and crazy winters continue to aggravate, people will keep moving to Florida and buying real estate. Our area was hit hard by the economic downturn nearly 10 years ago, but now we are seeing great success again. No matter the construction or interest rates, Florida homes will always be in demand.

Contact Jackie Ellis for more info on how the neighborhood that you want to sell or buy into is doing.

Summer in South Florida

The heat is on and we are all sweating it here in South Florida. That is no reason to hibernate at home however! You can find plenty to love about summer here in South Florida even in the dog days of summer.

  1. Fewer people! The snow birds and tourists have left the area, which gives the rest of us some elbow room. Enjoy the less crowded roads and restaurants, and know that as a local, you know the secrets of your hometown.
  2. Lower prices! Take advantage of the savings in the summer. Fewer tourists means the restaurants and entertainment spots offer special prices.
  3. Slower pace! The casual atmosphere of South Florida means less hurry and less worry, and that is doubley true in the summer time. It’s the tropics, enjoy the pace.
  4. Go outside anyway! With sunscreen, a good hat and proper planning, you can still enjoy the outdoors in Florida. Explore nature with a short walk through the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Blowing Rocks Preserve in Tequesta, or the Wakodatahatchee Wetlands bird sanctuary in Delray Beach.
  5. Get out on the water! Let the ocean breezes keep you cool. Try an intracoastal tour out of Delray or Riviera Beach. Or go further out to sea with a sunset tour on a catamaran from West Palm Beach!
  6. Air conditioning! Thankfully modern technology has made long Florida summers more tolerable. Have fun while escaping the heat with indoor trampolines, an afternoon making a painting at an art studio, or hit up the local science museum or art museum.