Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach / photo: toddgood.com

Cafe/Cocktail Culture: Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Boynton Beach

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Location: Sweetwater Bar & Grill, Boynton Beach
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When I tell people - out-of-towners and locals alike - that my favorite classic/craft cocktail bar is in Boynton Beach, I usually get some weird looks. But it's kinda nice having a place to grab the perfect cocktail with friends smack dab in between Palm Beach and Delray, don't you think? That's what Todd, Desi and I did a few weeks back at Sweetwater Bar & Grill.

herbs and spices at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

The place is smallish and cozy, with the lighting set at that just-right-low-level, and the long bar takes center stage, lined with fresh herbs, spices, bitters, shrubs and infusions in hip apothecary style. As soon as you see it, you know you're in for something different.

Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com lineup of bitters at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

And when I say different, I mean completely original. This is a true craft cocktail bar, and co-owner/bartender Sean Iglehart is an artist - he's changed the way I think about cocktails, and turned me into a true enthusiast. Fresh foodie-level ingredients, handmade infusions, crazy chemist-like experiments... all of that is going on here, and it's ridiculously inspiring.

The 'Savannah Streetwalker' cocktail - bourbon, tarragon rum, peach puree - at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

And one of the hits on their cocktail menu right now is totally approachable, too: bourbon, tarragon-infused rhum agricole (you know, in case you wanted a history lesson), peach purée and lemon. It's summery, sweet-yet-balanced, easy drinking but still complex and interesting... an easy slide into this world of funky-fresh combinations.

the ever-changing cocktail menu at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Pralinato at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com Happy Hour & cocktails on tap at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

They're even rocking cocktails on tap (the first in the area to do so), making it that much easier to get a drink when it gets busy. I'm personally more partial to the slower, more mellow happy hour vibe, when you have a much better chance at grabbing a front row seat at the bar and seeing Sean work his magic.

burrata at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com pork belly banh mi at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com pho at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

The thing I love most, though, is that the menu - for both drinks and food - is always changing. I live for trying new things, and Sweetwater always has my back. Other than the burrata (hand-stretched in house, and beyond fabulous), a staple on the menu, the other dishes we tried this time around were weekly specials: pork belly banh mi and short rib pho. So. Good.

Out & About at Sweetwater Bar & Grill / photo: toddgood.com

Guys - just go. Big thanks to Todd Good for capturing all the deliciousness!

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  1. John Balder says

    We had a great time, food was fantastic , drinks were great. The bar staff was excellent. Thank you Sean, we finally found the local place we were looking for. John and Kim.

  2. Tim says

    2 Friday nites in a row. Freaking awesome place. The Brussels sprouts are to die for. ……and I hate Brussels sprouts.

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