Forgot to rate this, it seems! Was here in early January and found a surprisingly cozy atmosphere hidden behind the depressing façade of an upscale strip mall. People smoking shisha, eating sushi, sitting on cushions here and there with artwork featuring Buddha on every wall. Refreshingly different! The house beers we had were decent but nothing to write home about and the guest brews were fun too. I would definitely consider coming back here if I were to visit the area again, just because of the ambiance which makes you forget where you are exactly...
Nice vibe, dark, intimate feel with plenty of couches to relax on, art and beer paraphernalia on the walls. Service is frendly and attentive. Nice to get a hookah and a good beer at the same time. Food is limited to appetizers and sandwiches, all are made in house, the Hummus and Spiach Dip stand out for me. Beer selection is excellent. The list is done by style, with descriptions for all the bottles which is a nice touch. Around 20 drafts with both there house brews and guest drafts. There beers are impressive and I look forward to trying more. Nice to have a brewery in Boca. It can get a little loud when they have entertainment, which really isn’t my thing, but they have enough mellow nights (and outside seating) to make me happy. One of my favorite places.
hopscotch (291) Vero Beach, Florida | October 6, 2010| Updated March 1, 2014
A truly unique and wonderful place. Very laid back. An excellent selection of house brewed and guest beers. There is often live entertainment, ranging from stand-up comedy to live, in-your-face music. For a reasonable price you can rent a coal-fired hookah for yourself or to share. I had to try it and took the advice of Kevin (hankchinaski), going with the Blue Mist and Pink Lemonade blend of shisha. Wonderful and I must have been pulling on that thing for an hour and a half. Laid-back Islamic decor. Very cool. The brewers also man the bar, so the staff is very knowledgeable regarding beer. A must try.
Yep Funky Buddha now not only carries some of the finest Micro’s in the local area in draft and bottle (over 110 at any given time) but they also now carry up to 6 HOMEBREWS…..ohh yah!
So the new Brew/Pub of sorts had some offerings and I had to test them out; as a beer fan and a homebrewer.
The new location of the Funky Buddha, same plaza just bigger space, is awesome. The feel of the place is great with plenty of space. Even has a nice sized stage for acts now. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. Ryan, Kevin and Jim really know their beer. The selection isn’t bad and is only going to get better when they become a full licensed brew pub. You can ask for a free sample of their brews right now. Trust me, do it. You won’t regret it and have something to look forward to when they actually start selling the beers. The food menu is limited but very innovative and good. The chicken quesadilla rocked. The value is quite good. Just a warning that they do add gratuity to the check automatically. Just saying that so you aren’t shocked at seeing it. Overall it’s a great place to have a beer and hang out.
Funky Buddha used to be a tiny place in a strip mall shopping center that had lots of hookahs and a decent selection of beers and no real food to speak of but a great staff and cool atmosphere. Now they have moved to a place easily twice if not three times the size with the same cool vibe, and the same awesome staff. They will soon be brewing their own beer (which the early batches have been very solid) and their new limited food menu is both terrific and pretty unique. The beer selection can be iffy at times since they draw a big crowd but Ryan goes out of his way to get good stuff. This place is definitely now a South Florida destination spot that every local ratebeerian should check out. Highly recommended.
We stopped by after our night out on Miami Beach and this was on the way home. The beer menu has some of the best bottle selections (one of them Bells Hopslam, a ratebeer top 50 for IPAs), but the place only had what seemed like half of what they featured on the menu. They should make daily beer lists. The bartenders, on the other hand, are very friendly and knowledgable. They must love what they do and I’m telling you that’s hard to come by. We had a sweet stout by a collaboration of Terrapin and Lefthand (Midnight something... it was amazing...and only here can you get this beer on tap in all of South Florida!) that was recommended by the staff. The place is more of a hookah joint and I usually hate hookah joints, but all in all this place has won me over. Return: Yes.
It’s a damn fine little place, little being the big word there. It is pretty small, but comfy. A few couches to lounge on with hookahs to smoke from. There selection is pretty large with a good batch of seasonals, imports, micros, etc. Go there on a off night so you can get a seat and enjoy yourself.
UPDATE: They just moved to a larger location in the same plaza. I was there for the grand re-opening, the place looks great, 3 times the size! They had some of there home brews to sample, the Porter and IPA were great. The owner said that the brewery should be open in a few months. Very nice.
ORIGINAL RATE: You won’t find a better place to enjoy good beer in South Florida. Staff is very knowledgeable, bottle selection is excellent and they have plenty of drafts that rotate frequently. They will be brewing soon and signs point to them producing quality beer.