Happy National Pina Colada Day!
In honor of National Pina Colada Day (July 10th) we visited the local waterfront bars in Jupiter to experience the best pina coladas in Palm Beach County, or should we say North county, we never got to South county due to the excellent research we did here in Jupiter. Criteria for bars: all bars that we went to had to be on the water and luckily were within a few miles from each other, short enough for walking distance or easily under a $10 cab ride.
Starting our day off at Dive Bar, we tried their classic pina colada (made with Fat Tuesday’s pina coloada mix and a Meyers rum floater), and one with a twist; the classic was made perfectly, not too icy and just the right amount of sweetness. However, the other, with the twist we were talking about was their regular pina colada with a Kahlua floater! Pretty crazy combo, but trust us, it was awesome! We were pleasantly surprised to find that this twist on a signature colada actually tasted a bit like a mudslide – great after-dinner dessert beverage.
Next, we took our crew to the outside bar at the Jupiter Beach Resort. Something about a pina colada beachside just makes you feel like you’re on vacation. Their creamy pina colada was made with Tropics mix and definitely had a bit more of a pineapple taste to it. From our point of view, Dive Bar still had them on the beverage, but you can’t beat a happening hotel bar vibe.
From one waterfront bar to another, we hit up a local favorite; Guanabanas. This place always gets a 10 out of 10 for atmosphere, but also for their pina colada presentation. Their version was served just the way you’d dream it would; tall, ice cold hurricane glass, topped with a huge pineapple slice and a cherry. Now, despite how enticing the colada looked, we were surprised to find Dive Bar STILL took the lead as the favorite. Guana’s was tasty (especially after already having two others just prior to this) however, we felt it was a bit too sweet or maybe there was just too much mixer added. Either way, still not bad at all and with the live jazz band and palm tree shade, we enjoyed it all the same.
Lastly, we walked over to another local watering hole; Square Grouper. If you’re looking for an outdoor bar during sunset, this is the place to be. This gem has a direct view of the iconic Jupiter Lighthouse on the intercostal, along with 3 full bars, and live music playing most evenings. Their pina colada was served quickly and the Meyers floater was presented in drink as an upside-down test tube shooter. Presentation wise no frills, plastic cup and garnished, but it was made very well, smooth and strong.
We do love a nice pina colada, and we wish we were able to do more pertinent research throughout the county, but this year, we only covered north county, Jupiter specific. Readers, what places would you recommend next year for us to visit? Restaurateurs, invite us to your water-side establishment for next year’s lineup. Info@LiveWestPalm.com