“Juke Joint” Music Venue and Bar Off Atlantic Ave.
Good beer, good drinks, good music. They’re three things South Florida can’t seem to get enough of lately, and thanks to newly-opened Vintage Tap, Delray Beach, too. The bar and live music venue is an official “juke joint” — old school vernacular for a Prohibition-style speakeasy establishment where one can find plenty of live music, dancing, gambling, and drinking going on. Located a few blocks west of the downtown area at 524 W. Atlantic Ave., Vintage Tap has taken up residence in a historic building with both history and character. Originally built in the early 50s, the bar — once known as the Clearview Lounge and earlier as Ted Teddy Bear’s — has been in operation since the early 30’s as a barber shop, pool hall, bar and music venue. Now, owner Ryan O’Riordan, former owner of Hooligans in Fort Lauderdale and designer of the Black Rose Irish Pub in Boca Raton, has transformed the space yet again, fashioning it into a vintage-style biergarten and watering hole featuring 20 craft brew taps, as well as a full liquor bar. The vintage concept features a Prohibition era-esque bar and stage, as well as Americana memorabilia from the 40’s and 50’s like a World War II flag with just 48 stars, pin-up model portraits and the bar’s original juke box. The biergarten is thanks to a large outdoor backyard and patio, as well as the city’s adjacent two-acre outdoor amphitheater, where special events will allow for live outdoor music performances. Vintage Tap is located at 524 W. Atlantic Ave., and celebrated its first night of business Friday, July 25. For more information call 561-808-7702, or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vintagetap.