Where: 7200 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton, 561/372-6314
The lowdown: The ’80s are alive and well at Rockn’ Angels, a dive bar that just celebrated its one-year anniversary in Boca. If you’re in search of somewhere to have a cheap drink after work, hone your dart-throwing skills, and kick back to killer tunes, Rockn’ Angels is the spot for you.
Though outdoor seating is available at a patio bar, the main room is where all the action is—including live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Rockn’ Angels treats customers to a variety of sounds and has even been known to host comedy nights. But rock is at the core of this club; over the past year, tribute bands honoring the likes of Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana have all taken center stage. Part strange, part funky, this definitely is not your typical Boca bar.
To that end, don’t expect much in the way of bells and whistles. The kitschy and tacky decor—think bright red walls, chandeliers, rock posters and bamboo accents—creates a biker chic-meets-tiki bar vibe that seems out of place in Boca. Not that Rockn’ is trying to compete with the New York Prime crowd. Its out-of-the-way location on Dixie Highway keeps it hidden from anyone except those who already know it’s there.
From what the bartender told me, this place is packed on Friday and Saturday nights for the live music. When I dropped by for a midweek happy hour, however, the place was deserted except for one lone man at the bar. The female bartender, clad in black, gave off a less-than-friendly vibe. She also had no idea what wine was available—or even if Rockn’ Angels had wine. They do—in fact, it’s listed as part of the happy hour specials. If this were an episode of “Bar Rescue,” Jon Taffer would have dropped the hammer on this bartender; we suggest a simple drink-menu refresher course.
In addition to a 4 to 9 p.m. happy hour, Rockn’ Angels offers some cool weeknight happenings—from poker night on Mondays to open mic on Tuesdays to karaoke on Wednesday. The prices are quite reasonable, but expect to pay a cover on live entertainment nights.
Rockn’ Angels used to offer a full menu, but when I called to verify some menu information I learned that they now only serve pizza. What’s up with that?
The intangibles: Rockn’ Angels has set up shop at the oldest bar location in Boca; the building was constructed in 1946. It’s a blast from the past in more ways than one, which, at its best, is exactly why it works for those locals about to rock. For the rest of you, don’t go in expecting Angels to be something it’s not.
Hours: Rockn’ Angels is open Monday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.