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After 5: Tapestry Bar at The Breakers – Cilantrojito a Hit

October 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Tapestry Bar at The Breakers /photo provided by The Breakers

Happy hours: 5-7 p.m. daily, featuring half-price food and drinks.

The crowd: The Breakers is great for people-watching, regardless of where you sit. You never know who you’ll see at The Breakers — everyone from business folks in suits stopping off to finalize a contract to out-of-towners in khakis and jeans, all enjoying the glitz of The Breakers. We sat next to a charming table of Southerners. Y’all was spoken there. They were having a good time, and so were we.

Surrounds: It’s The Breakers — think sumptuous, with the namesake 15th-century tapestries adoring the walls. The space is elegant, with carved ceilings, cushy booths, comfy armchairs and low tables, perfect for conversation.

Barback: Our server knew her menu and made good suggestions. She was friendly, but not forward, and reminded us that a service charge already had been included in the check — no double-tipping here!

The sips: They had us hooked with the Cilantrojito. It’s bracing, with Meyers rum, cilantro, lime and minimal syrup. It was a heady take on the popular Cuban concoction, and not too sweet. And with cocktails $5 at happy hour, you can afford to have two! The bar also had a nice selection of house wines ($5 at happy hour). A glass of the Domaine du Tariquet cabernet sauvignon, was perfect for lazing away an evening, with its notes of berries and chocolate.

The noshes: Billed as “light entrees,” the menu ranges from the exotic (Chicken tandoori feta) to classics with a twist (shrimp cocktail and Australian Wagyu burgers). Our BBQ chicken pizza was perfect for sharing. The slightly piquant sauce complemented the tender chicken. Happy hour prices range from $8.50-$19.

Tunes or noise: The house mix was nice, vaguely Euro, with a poppy beat. It set our toes to tapping, but was soft enough to allow quiet conversation.

Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 olives.

Tapestry Bar at The Breakers

Scott Simmons is a local journalist and Florida native who writes and edits for The Coastal Star and The Florida Weekly newspapers. For many years, he was a restaurant critic for The Palm Beach Post. He also is the creator of The Post’s popular “Look What We Found” antiques column, which appears in Saturday’s Florida Home section. Write him at scott@scottsimmonsantiques.com.

Tags: After 5: Happy Hours · Sips: Drinkables

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  • 1 SS // Oct 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You perfectly captured an evening at The Tapestry Bar, Scott. One of my favorite PBC happy hour destinations!

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