Critic’s Choice: Which bar is the best in Palm Beach County?

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A view before the rush: The bar at Brule Bistro, in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove district, is an intimate spot that’s popular with locals. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

An excerpt from our Food Editor’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards:

Best bar in Palm Beach County: Brule Bistro in Delray Beach:

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View of Braised Beef short Rib, creamy mascarpone polenta, sauteed spinach, natural red wine reduction at Brule Bistro in Delray Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

Belly up to the intimate bar at this Delray Beach bistro, or grab a seat at the adjacent long high-top table and enjoy the charms – and delicious bar bites – of Brule. You won’t find a staggeringly long cocktail list, but some notable, locally inspired updates on classics, a respectable menu of

wines and a small but well-curated list of craft beers.

Related: Full review – Brule Bistro in Delray is lively in both atmosphere, food

But you will find it quite easy to segue from happy hour (3 to 6:30 p.m.) to dinner service here, as regulars populate the indoor and outdoor tables and raise the volume to lively levels. Blocks removed from Atlantic Avenue and its traffic, this Pineapple Grove bar/bistro has established itself as a local favorite.

Brule Bistro: 200 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-274-2046;

Related: Our full list of the 2015’s best restaurants, food in Palm Beach County