Updated: Oct 30, 2021
With water in the blue shades of the Caribbean Sea, shell filled beaches and a casual relaxed vibe, the 6.2 miles of Florida coastline that belongs to Tequesta, Jupiter and Juno Beach truly is paradise. In a tropical paradise, nothing is more befitting than an icy libation. There are 9 places with sparkling water vistas to kick back and watch to day slide into night with a drink in your hand. Two additional places are scheduled to open in early 2021 as part of the Jupiter Inlet Village Love Street Project. The vision is to create a walkable residential and tourist area with dining, shopping and family friendly entertainment. I will update this post once they are completed. If you are spending a few days in Jupiter, check out my favorite stay cool, sun protection shirt by ubkul and my favorite sunscreen for sensitive faces by Elta. For more information on dining in this area check out my posts.
Starting at the northern tip of Tequesta, is the recently renovated Tiki 52. A true Tiki Bar, the eating areas and physical bar are shaded with large thatched roof palapas. Brightly colored tables and umbrellas are scattered on a sand patio, overlooking the marina and bright blue inter-coastal waterway. It is super causal, people wander in after boating wearing bathing suits and coverups. Under new management, the food is a delicious mix of beach bar favorites. You don't want to miss the cracked conch. At the time of this post, their full bar alcohol license has been applied for but not through the approval process. They are serving local craft beer on tap and by the bottle, and wine. Hard Seltzer is available by the can. There is live music Thursday through Sunday and Trivia Night on Wednesdays. www.tiki52tequesta.com
Just down US 1 and walking distance from Tiki 52 is Blue Point Bar and Grill. It is about a block walk from the parking lot to this establishment perched on a spit of land surrounded by water on three sides. This lovely setting gets high fun marks with live music everyday and a swimming pool to take the heat off those Florida afternoons. They have a full bar with local craft beer on tap, a fun craft cocktail list and many frozen concoctions. Their extensive menu skews high on seafood, but has plenty of choices for the meat eaters. This is a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening with the entire family. www.bluepointebarandgrill.com
On the southwest side on the US 1 bridge over Jupiter Inlet sits Jupiter's newest and most upscale alfresco bar. 1000 North has panoramic views of the inter-coastal and the Jupiter Lighthouse. If you have a taste for high end cocktails or wine, this is definitely the place to come. Their menus are seasonal. I am a huge fan of the Paloma, whether smoked or picante and the Bourbon & Hay Roasted Oysters with a tasso, brown butter, cornbread topping. The deliciously prepared food and broad alcohol selections makes this a splurge worthy place. Gentleman are required to wear closed toe shoes. Hats and sleeveless shirts on gentleman are limited to the outdoor spaces and no swimsuits are allowed. On the main level is an indoor Tavern, Dining Room, and outdoor dining patio and cocktail bar. The upper level is a members only club. Several of the investors in 1000 North are major sports figures, the celebrity people watching is outstanding, especially in the winter months. www.1000north.com
On the opposite side of the bridge is U Tiki, a more casual and moderately priced bar and restaurant. Open weekends at noon and weekdays at five. This is the place to come for sushi with your cocktails and a view of the Jupiter Lighthouse. With full bar and a nice wine list, the menu is heavy on the seafood but offers flatbreads, burgers and steak for the non seafood eaters. It does get very crowded, and does not take reservations. However, they offer a dockside cocktail and appetizer menu, and spectacular views to enjoy while you are waiting. www.utikibeach.com
The newest place in Jupiter to enjoy a cocktail with a view is Topside at the Beacon. Topside is part of the Charlie & Joe's at Love Street Complex, which includes two restaurants, a seafood market and the Love Street Outdoor Center which offers paddle board and kayak rentals as well as guided eco-tours. Topside is a rooftop, open air, upscale tropical place with sweeping views of Jupiter Inlet and the lighthouse. The cocktails are Tiki inspired and presented elegantly. They offer local beers, a nice selection of wines and an interesting selection of Tapas. Given the creativity and presentation of the cocktails, as well as the stunning location and decor, I find the prices to be appropriate for the establishment. It is a great splurge worthy place. Charlie & Joe's at Love Street.
At the end of Love Street is the iconic Square Grouper Bar and Grill and Castaway Marina. Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett filmed the video for "It's Five o'Clock Somewhere" at this quintessential beach bar. A episode of The Bachelorette was also filmed here, when Hannah Brown was dating local Tyler Cameron. All that being said, it is an incredibly cool, adults only place to drift sweetly through an afternoon, listening to some great local musicians, sipping on an icy libation and enjoying one of the best views in Jupiter. In recent years they have improved their wine and cocktail offerings and expanded their menu offering a selection of traditional bar food and some Caribbean favorites. www.squaregrouper.net
On the inter-coastal side of A1A at Clemmons St. and tucked under towering palm trees and a stately banyan tree is Guanabanas. Named for a tropical fruit, the food at Guanabanas is locally caught seafood and land favorites with a tropical twist. Island cocktails, local beer and a nice wine selection are available. Their slow smoked chicken wings, a skinny Margarita and a breezy afternoon is my idea of paradise. The live music is eclectic and fun, with local bands intermixed with national talent. From Techno to Bluegrass with lots of Island Sounds, Guanbanas has one of the most interesting musical line-ups in the area. Spending a few hours here is a true "South Florida" experience. www.guanabanas.com
One of the things that makes Jupiter special is the lack of development directly on the Atlantic Ocean. In the 1940's and 1950's, the town of Jupiter purchased all of the available oceanfront land. There are three places along this four mile stretch of beach where there is development . Jupiter Beach Resort is one of those places. Directly on the Atlantic Ocean and just south of the Jupiter Inlet, stands this 168 room hotel. The Sandbar offers cocktails and bites on the patio between the swimming pool and beach. Beer, wine, cocktails and casual bar bites are available. This is the only place Jupiter to gaze the ocean, watch the kite boarders and surfers, while sipping a frosty drink. www.jupiterbeachresort.com
In Jupiter the inter-coastal flows south on the west side of US 1. This is where you will find Harbourside. The Wyndham Grand Hotel is the center of the waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment plaza. There are multiple places to enjoy a libation and a bite at all price points in Harbourside. One of the best Jupiter experiences is to sip a cocktail on the patio of the Tommy Bahama Restaurant and enjoy some live music playing in the open air amphitheater next to it. Check their website for dining options and music events. www.harboursideplace.com
One block south of Indiantown Rd. on US 1 is Jupiter Yacht Club and the Dive Bar Restaurant. With serene views of the marina and a massive aquarium as the centerpiece of their bar, the Dive Bar is all nautical all day! They have a wide selection of beers, wine and cocktails. It is easy to quench your thirst here. If you are hungry don't miss the Bahn Mi Snapper sandwich, the Lobster Roll Sandwich, or the Red Dragon Roll on their sushi menu. www.divebarrestaurant.com For more information on dining in North Palm Beach County, check out my blog post Budget Friendly Restaurants in Jupiter.
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