The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery
Active Beers: 98
Beer Ratings: 3,001
Beer Avg: 3.94
Taps: 11 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 40 | Show All Ratings:
3.99/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Came here withthe wife on our way down to the Florida Keys.
Located in crappy strip mall setting, the exterior was underwhelming and definitely not what I expected. Open the door and you are magically taken to hipster town. Nice atmosphere with a stage for live music.
Service at the bar was good, one of the new brewers waited on us and shared much about the different beers and told us about other breweries in the area.
Beer was solid, we tried so of the berliner varieties which were our favorite, but sadly MBCS not here all the time like it should be.
Prices were fair, I think $8 for sampler and 5$ for pint.
Great experience, will stop by again. We missed wide awake by one day!
05-14-2013 12:56:22 | More by williamjbauer
4.73/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
The best beers around, period. Seriously people, I will try anything the Buddha makes, including the Berliner Weiss that I am not a fan of, some of theirs I have enjoyed. Founders member for the new production brewery opening soon, its been amazing seeing them grow from the beginning to where they are now. MY FAVORITE BEERS AND MY FAVORITE BEER BAR!
05-02-2013 23:12:09 | More by manutdfan
2.49/5 rDev -43.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited on a Monday during the tail end of Happy Hour. Should begin that I was very skeptical of this highly hyped place at the outset.
Located in a past-its-prime ugly strip mall off a busy road. Few tables outside - who the hell would ever sit there?
Neat looking hipster joint on the inside. Large stage to the right, collection of couches, tables, high back chairs, etc. Comfy. Friend & I sat down & waited for service...& waited...& waited...even though only a few other folks there. Finally took matters into my own hands & went to the bar myself to order some beers. More waiting while the barkeep tended to various duties
1st up was the Hefe - meh. On par with a Widmer Hefe...drinkable with no obvious flaws but forgettable. Ok maybe the next beer, a Porter, will cheer me up.
Porter was a 1 trick pony with just a roast flavor & no depth or character. Why do I hear about people in NYC & Philly lining up & geeking out over this brewery? Aha - they have an IPA on tap....that must be the star of the show.
As it turns oh the IPA was the biggest train wreck of all. Loaded with Diacetyl & virtually no hop presence whatsoever. I might say it was just an "off" batch but seeing how other basic styles weren't show stoppers, its probably par for the course. Perhaps FB can only brew beer with bacon & pineapple to mask brewing faults?
Split a hookah with my friend which was enjoyable, but wasn't willing to drink any other FB beers.
03-31-2013 01:30:07 | More by SunDevilBeer
3.78/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.25 | $$$
I've only been to the lounge twice, just to preface. The first time, me and my girlfriend were the only people there and got a flight of beers, most of which were decent to great. They had about 8-10 of their own beers on at that time, though they were out of a few from the weekend that sounded good. Our bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable, plus he was obviously just as obsessed with craft beer culture as we are so we had a lot to talk about. My first impression of the place was a good one especially since I saw their stage and how awesome it would be to see a show there cuz of all the comfy couches laid out around the room.
So, a couple months later, we went to go see two bands perform there. This time, it was pretty crowded throughout the night but we were still able to lock down a couple of chairs with perfect view of the stage. They didn't have as many of their own beers available this time around which was a disappointment, so we utilized their small but impressive selection of other bigger breweries' beers as well as their substantial bottle list. The mistake we made this time around was ordering food. It was $6.90 for a 5-cheese pizza. I ordered one and asked if I could add mushrooms and peppers only to be told no as they explained that everything was pre-made. That kind of weirded me out but I ordered anyway thinking "How bad could it be?" Five minutes later they plopped down a 6 inch cheese pizza that was obviously purchased from the frozen food section of the nearest supermarket. Biggest ripoff ever. Needless to say, if you go here, DO NOT ORDER FOOD. Stick to the beer, hookahs and kava tea. Oh and, I don't know if it only applies to food orders, but they put an automatic 18% gratuity on our check which I felt was unfair, but whatever. The bands were great, as expected, and it was a cheap ticket. All in all, I don't see myself going back there unless I know for sure they're going to have the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter on, which wasn't the case either time they went.
Edit: Went back during a Special Release Anniversary party and the Maple Bacon was available and it was the best coffee beer I've ever had. So there ya go.
02-23-2013 21:28:20 | More by Immortale25
4.16/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Saw a couple of local bands play here in 2011 (including indie rock up-and-comers Surfer Blood) and I really liked the place. It probably only fits 150 ppl, but it has a cool, laid-back atmosphere and decor. They have high tables against the wall to the left where you can rent a hookah to smoke and the bar is in the back. It's located in a strip mall on US-1 in Boca and is very unassuming from the outside.
The best thing about this place by far is the beer. Not only do they serve a nice variety of craft beers, but they brew their own as well and their beers are rated world-class. I tried two of their special varieties and both were awesome: one called No Crusts, which tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Seriously, try this, it's amazing. $5 for a small 8 oz cup but well worth it. Another one I tried was their Hop Gun IPA, which was one of the better IPAs that I've had. I think it was 7 bucks for a 12 oz and it was very tasty. I had one or two more of those.
I live 40 minutes away and probably should have returned by now, but that's kind of far to travel for a few beers. However, they are going to be opening a Brewery and Tap Room in Oakland Park, FL (suburb of Fort Lauderdale, where I live) in the spring 2013 (March or April, supposedly) and that will only be 15 minutes away from home and 5 minutes from work, so I plan to check that out as soon as they open.
01-11-2013 19:47:09 | More by jcb7472
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
Barfly review #200.
For all the hype Funky Buddha gets outside of their hometown, it seems like they're barely known at all inside their hometown. You can barely see the place from the street, and of the five or so times I visited, I don't think there were more than 10 people there at once, except when there was a band playing.
Located in a junky and almost nondescript strip mall (seems to be a lot of those in Florida), FB doesn't look like much from the outside. But one step in, and you know you're in the right place. It's dimly lit, there's local artwork on the walls, chairs and sofas, hookahs, and a small stage to your right. Surprisingly this isn't just a brewery...in fact, I think most people who go here don't even realize it is a brewery (hence the "yes, we do brew beer" notification on their chalkboard). There is a large emphasis on hookahs, with 50 or more flavors to choose from, as well as dozens of kinds of fresh brewed tea.
But on to the important part: the beer. In the "beer scene," I think it's safe to say that FB is known for it's specialty beers. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Berliners for every fruit you can think of, pie/cake/cookie/dessert beers, and so on. Well, don't make a trip here expecting to get all of these at once. You might see a few, but mainly, they have 4 or so year-round house beers on tap. Regular house beers on when we visited: Floridian Hefe, Red Dawn red ale, Piiti Porter, and Hop Gun IPA. These were all solid beers, but pretty standard stuff. It seems the specialty beers show up basically whenever the guys feel like putting them on, more so during events, so it's more of a crap shoot. That's not a reason not to visit if you're in town, obviously, I'm just saying, if you're an amateur beer geek, don't book a trip across the country and expect to have MBCP and 50 versions of Piiti and berliner waiting for you, because you're not going to get them. However, it seems that they rotate about 4 specialty beers in addition to the standard house beers. Specialty beers when we visited: Passionfruit Berliner (replaced with Raspberry), Bonita, Christmas, Belgian Blonde. Additionally, they keep about 6 or 7 guest taps. So it's a good selection no matter how you look at it.
As for service, most of the guys / girls are great. I had a good chat on several occasions with the owner and head brewer, and obviously they know their stuff. The others in the staff, meh, not so much, but they at least give you good service, and they seem like they're at least gaining an education in beer and the beer scene, and that's what's important.
Food is basically snacky stuff. You might want to eat before or after going here, because you're not going to get a satisfying meal. Options are limited to paninis, tiny personal pizzas, pretzels, and other various munchies. The food is all tasty, but there's nothing special or substantial.
Prices are reasonable. If you're planning on smoking hookahs, you'll probably run up your bill, but you can't really go wrong with buy-one-get-one on beers for happy hour.
Definitely a worthy destination.
01-03-2013 20:03:18 | More by Rifugium
4.75/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is a very cool place but I think your experience will depend a lot upon who is there providing service during your visit. Ryan and Kevin are awesome as are several other bartenders but some are a bit less knowledgeable regarding beer but are still friendly. Service was really a full five all around. Atmosphere was excellent other than the pretty prevalent college crowd...at least the bartenders were checking ID! Food was pretty much average snacky items...yummy and filling but microwaved so don't expect gourmet offerings!
The selection was above and beyond. I was very happy with everything that we had! The Bonita was out of this world delicious. My only gripe would be that I wish they had more specialty beers on-tap at all times!
I hope to be back at the Funky Buddha again soon, but likely won't due to living far out of the area. Still, I cannot emphasize enough how important this bar/brewery is in the South Florida beer scene. Go if the opportunity presents itself...The Funky Buddha is well worth it!
01-02-2013 03:41:32 | More by MsRif
4/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
So our friend just moved from NYC to Florida and is staying at a hotel in Boca Raton. She is a bit surprised that, on a Sunday night, everything is closing early and there are no people out and no vibe. Desolate. I told her I would take her to the "most happening place in town", and to The Funky Buddha we went.
She sure could not believe this place was "it" when we arrived to a small storefront in a nondescript strip-mall. Reminds me of the Brew Kettle in Ohio- average looks outside and great beer inside. My friend was still in disbelief when we went in and the Buddha Lounge is almost totally empty. Alright, I get it, I don't know shit about Florida and apparently Boca dies after 8pm. Fine.
But I'm here for the beer. They are kind of renowned for their brews, right... Five house beers on tap: Puti Porter, Red Dawn Red, Hefeweizen, Florida Saison, Hop Gun IPA. Nothing to freak out or call Mom about, but the Hop Gun we ordered was damn tasty. Beyond that, eight guest taps and an impressive bottle list. The invited taps weren't tha shiznit, though: Cigar City Ligero, PBR, TBC Gnarly Barley, Woodchuck Cider, Westbrook Gose, Gulden Draak.
I was expecting more and was disappointed, to be honest. But then read the bottle menu and wow! Tons of goodies at reasonable prices, some vintages and rare beers, all divided by styles. The way I like it. Got a Raspy XIV for $25 and enjoyed it at the hotel. They also serve a wide variety of coffee, tea and chocolate, which is good if you're visiting with non-beer drinkers.
The atmosphere is cool and funky indeed. A loft-like space with some tables, a stage and a bar. Very dark but also cozy and inviting. Wouldn't mind hanging out here, sheltered from the nasty Florida heat. If only they had more of their house beers!
07-22-2012 16:18:25 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
We checked out this place a few weeks back when we were in FL to check out the Red Sox/Marlians game.
Apperance: Dark inside with a stage to the right for entertainment, tables in the middle and left, and the bar of ten seats in the rear. Beer bottles and pictures covered open walls too.
Quality: The quality of the beer was good and the tobacco too from what other people at the bar told us.
Service: They just opened, so service was really good and quick. Could be slower on busier nights though.
Selection: LImited to their beers and guest beers. No other alochol, just lovely hookahs. Selection of beer was still good enough for us.
We had a blast here. A little north of Fort Lauderdale, but a good detour. Happy to have met these guys in Boston at the EBF and return the favor with beers from home to them down in FL. Good to hear that they will be building a second location in the near future.
07-04-2012 02:17:57 | More by Flounder57
4.18/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
GREAT atmosphere, top notch house beers, and fairly good guest tap list. Negatives: food (but really... its a beer/hookah/coffee/tea bar with light snacks so I'll rate is as a "didn't try" though I did) and pricing. Not so cheap.
One HUGE negative: when a band shows up, they stop serving beer out of glassware and go to plastic cups. Yup. Plastic cups, like what they serve BMC out of at college bars. I guess I can understand that from a safety and liability standpoint, but come on. I didn't drive all the way to Boca Raton because Boca is the place to be. I drove to Boca specially to drink beer at the Funky Buddha; the fact that a band was there was secondary. It really irked me that I couldn't fully enjoy the beer as it was meant to be served. I guess I could have moved to the homebrew side of the house at that point in the evening to really satisfy the beer geek in me, but I like sitting at the bar and chatting with the locals. Fortunately, the beer here packs in so much flavor and aroma, that the plastic cups don't get too much in the way. Still, it's a classless way to serve very classy beer.
If you go here just for the beer on a non-band night, you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself. It's a cool place with great house beers. And if Hookah is your thing, you'll dig it even more. If Hookah is not your thing: fear not. The ventilation in the place is excellent so even if you're immediate neighbor is smoking, you'll not be bothered by the smoke.
Oh, and no more growler fills. Bummer. But they can't keep up with local demand, so it's a good move all around.
04-22-2012 14:18:10 | More by jwjon1
The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca Raton, FL
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