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On Scene: The Best Indie Gems in Palm Beach

Written by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 at 4:06am.

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When a lot of people think of Palm Beach, the term “retiree" typically comes to mind before “hipster”. And while Palm Beach still holds onto elements of a retirement-friendly culture, there’s also a growing hipster scene that’s bringing a slew of trendy restaurants, late-night bars, and art galleries along with it.

Whether you’re completely averse to the term “hipster” or you secretly identify as one, you’re sure to find a good time at the following Palm Beach indie treasures.

Eat

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imoto

Most Palm Beach residents are familiar with imoto’s sister restaurant, Buccan, but the lesser-known imoto, with its lack of signage and unique Japanese speakeasy vibe is a must-visit. With contemporary Japanese fare, like Pork Belly Bao Buns and Peking Duck Tacos alongside all of your favorite traditional nigiri and sushi rolls, you’ll leave this cool spot feeling relaxed and satisfied.

 
 
 
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Grilled Cheese Gallery

With a name like Grilled Cheese Gallery, you probably don’t need any convincing to check this place out. Featuring unicorn-themed menus and the best grilled cheese you’ll ever have, you need this gem in your life. The menu offers everything from the classic grilled cheese you know and love to innovative variations, like The Duchess, which features fresh lobster, three kinds of cheese, and chipotle.

 
 
 
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The District

For fresh, farm-to-table cuisine, look no further than The District. Its inviting ambiance, complete with candles and mason jar pendant lights, is the perfect setting for the high-end comfort food it serves. Using ingredients from local farmers, chef Jason Stocks serves up yumminess like Sweet Tea Fried Chicken and the District Double Cheeseburger with secret sauce alongside house-made desserts like Grand Marnier Souffles and Cinnamon Sugar Donuts.

 
 
 
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Drink

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The Blind Monk

This one-room wine and beer bar is equal parts cool and romantic. With projections of old movies on the wall and twinkling lights around the cozy outdoor seating area, it’s pretty much the perfect date spot. And it serves up more than an expansive menu of beer and wine; it also has inventive small plates, like Bacon Fat Kettle Corn and Seared Watermelon Banh Mi.

 
 
 
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The Brewhouse Gallery

Nothing says hip quite like blending an art gallery with craft beer, and The Brewhouse Gallery does exactly that. Enjoy beer from local breweries, like the Funky Buddha Brewery and the Copperpoint Brewing Company while taking in artwork from local artists that just so happens to be for sale. This cool spot also features regular live music, open mic nights, and light bites and coffee.

 
 
 
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Coffee Bar Blue Door

Whether you’re in the mood for an afternoon espresso or a big glass of evening wine, the long hours of Coffee Bar Blue Door have you covered. The bar is a go-to destination for 20- and 30-somethings, and given its charming courtyard garden and regular live music, we can definitely see why. It also serves bistro fare morning, noon, and night, like Escargot with melted garlic and Baked Brie on a toasted baguette, so you’ll never leave hungry.  

 
 
 
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Art

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Brintz Gallery

Opened in 2014 after the owner, Lisa Brintz, grew tired of seeing the same ol’ traditional art around the city, Brintz Gallery showcases a wide variety of work from new and established contemporary artists. Its ever-evolving exhibitions feature rich and beautiful work, such as one of its current exhibitions—The Color of Light— from artists Ross Bleckner and Eric Freeman.

 
 
 
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County

Coincidentally (or not), Lisa Brintz is responsible for another ultra-hip gallery in Palm Beach. Established just two years ago in 2016, County is committed to showcasing works solely from younger and emerging artists, like John Philip Aboott and Annie Vieux. Expect to find explorations of color, scale, and shapes in this gem of gallery on South County Road.

 

Artists of Palm Beach County

If you’re interested in viewing and buying art from local artists, then you should definitely check out Artists of Palm Beach County. In addition to local artwork in limitless mediums, the gallery also features regular events, like Make Your Own Jewelry Tuesdays and free collage classes, so you can tap into your inner artist, too.

 

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