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The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery

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The Funky Buddha Lounge & BreweryThe Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery
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3.9/5
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Place Score: 98
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 11
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

2621 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, Florida, 33431
United States
phone: (561) 368-4643

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @funkybuddhabrew

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Photo of indurTheB
3.8/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

It took a very long time for us to get beers even though there was hardly anyone at the bar. Don't expect good service if you're sitting on the non-music side.

Photo of Doug6322
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Great place a bit small and dark

Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Funky Buddha creates quality craft brews with an awesome laid back atmosphere. I have lived behind the Brewery and Lounge every since it opened when it was just a hookah lounge. Funky Buddha has made a name for themselves and it has clearly made a lasting impression on the beer world. Funky Buddha makes amazing crafts beers that are truly one of a kind. The beers like their Last Snow White Chocolate Coconut Coffee Porter are some of the most unique crafts i have ever come across and they leave you always wanting more. The atmosphere is that of a coffee shop in Amsterdam. If you live in South Florida and are into the craft beer scene then i am sure you are aware of the product Funky Buddha puts out. If you are a lucky enough to be a local then you can become a member of their 18oz Snifter club and enjoy larger pours for the same price. Funky Buddha happy hour is great with discounted Funky Buddha Drafts from 5-7pm or 8pm if you are a Snifter Member.

Atmosphere = A+
Quality = A+
Staff = A+
Service = A+
Overall = A++

Photo of williamjbauer
3.99/5  rDev -10.3%
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!

Photo of manutdfan
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.49/5  rDev -44%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.78/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of jcb7472
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of MsRif
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Photo of Flounder57
4.36/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of jwjon1
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally made it over. Practically took an act of Congress (and we all know how well they work) but well worth the 4 hour trip each way.
A very cool looking place, wood floors, bar at the back with a dozen tables and several armchairs in addition. 10 can sit at the bar and fret about which Buddha brew or guest tap to try.
Music playing really adds to the hipster vibe. A small stage to one side for live music.
On the Wednesday I stopped in, pizzas were 25% off. Happy hour from 5-7 pm Monday - Friday gets you 2 for 1 on their brews. Most are $5, some are $6.
At the moment, seven of their brews are on tap with ten guest taps and nearly a dozen bottles available.

Photo of msnow34
3.93/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Headed here not really knowing what to expect, and was a little hesitant when we pulled into the strip mall parking lot, and it was almost empty.
This place is awesome, one of the best places I have ever been. The atmosphere is just a little funky but cool. They have their own beers and a ton of guest beers, along with tea. The gf really enjoyed some mint tea before switching to cider.
The two girls working there were knowledgeable, friendly, allowed us to sample everything and give recommendations, not to mention they were very easy on the eyes.
The place started filling up as a band came on later, we were one of the only groups not with a hookah at the table,(if we go back next time we might be adventerous and try one if it won't ruin the pallet) The first band that came on was a little odd but excellent, our only knock was they were way too loud, the house staff kept asking them to turn it down, but they never got to a comfortable enough level.
The only knock I have is the food was alful, we had chips and queso, I am pretty sure it was just the foodlion chips and queso. We also split a cheese pizza, which tasted and looked like it came out of the freezer at said food lion.
This place is absolutly worth going to just don't plan on eating there.
On a side note I peaked in the brewhouse, and 've seen more eloborate homebrew set-ups. It just goes to show, you don't need the fanciest equipment to make good beer.

Photo of sholland119
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here during a quick business trip to Miami after a thoroughly enjoyable stop at Tequesta Brewing up the coast. Not sure what I expected exactly, but I certainly did not expect this place to be located in a rather bland looking strip mall in a stretch of bland looking strip malls.

Inside was fairly cool, though, with a small bar straight ahead, some comfy chairs and couches in the middle and a small music stage on the right. Pretty quiet early on a Thursday evening with 8 patrons, half of whom were waiting for the homebrew class to start in the adjoining homebrew shop.

My disappointment began when I saw that the famed Maple Bacon Coffee Porter was not on tap. I tried a sampler of five other FB beers, of which the porter was rather nice and the rest pretty uninspired. There were also a half dozen or so guest taps, mostly local and all really not good. The lowlight (can't remember the brewery) was a blond barleywine that smelled and tasted like Bubble Yum. Not easy to make a beer like that I imagine.

I had a quesadilla that was decent but no better. The bartender was quite pleasant. I was hoping to take a couple of growlers of the porter with me but they had (temporarily, I believe) stopped filling growlers so they had enough product for EBF and a local beer festival. Oh well.

I'd stop back for a specialty beer if I were in the area again but probably not bother otherwise.

HV

Photo of Heatwave33
3.48/5  rDev -21.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

My brother and I went in on a Wednesday night for the first time. Heard so many great things about the place we took the hour drive down there.

We had to pat a $3 cover charge since it was open mic night. Which is fine with us it was going towards charity. It's in a strip mall and seems small from the outside. Once we were in it is not that small as it appears from the outside.

Low lit with artsy pictures on the wall. There is a stage on the right side and couches all around place. Then tables with chairs in the middle by the stage and bar. The bar takes up almost the entire back of the place.

My brother and I headed directly to the bar to get a drink. They had Hefeweizen, Missionary Ale, Hop Gun, Piiti Porter Pina Colada Wheat and a Sour. There was one lady running food to people and a guy making up Hookahs for groups of people. It took about 15 minutes until he asked us what we wanted.

I ordered us both Hop Guns. Good IPA. I definitely enjoyed the beer. We sat at a table by the stage to watch the open mic night. It was amusing to say the least. No one ever came over to our table to see if we wanted anything. When I would go to the bar it took a minute or two to get their attention to get another drink.

We both ended up having a Hop Gun, Pitti Porter and a Pina Colada Wheat. Piiti Porter was tastey with some chocolate and coffee notes. The Pina Colada Wheat taste exactly like Pina Colada. Pineapple and Coconut. Tastey but I definitely couldn't drink more than 1 glass.

One point in the night I went up to the bar to try and get a growler filled. The man said they stopped doing growlers over a week ago. I asked him why and he said he did not know. I asked him if they were going to bring back growler fills and he stated," I don't own the place. I don't know." OK thanks for the information.

They had some shirts and Hookah tobacco for sale. The atmosphere seemed "hippy" to me. Not that it was a bad thing just wasn't expecting it. Also it is right by FAU so there were some college kids hanging out.

Overall the Funky Buddha is a decent place to hang out for the beer. But the staff really didn't seem interested in helping me at all. Definitely worth a stop for the beer. Cheers.

Photo of EJLinneman
3.85/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Funky Buddha is located in a strip mall on the side of the Highway in Boca Raton FL. I went there at night and nearly drove past it. It’s very low key from the outside, but quite lively on the inside. I arrived at around 8:30PM and was greeted at the door by someone taking a cover charge. Tonight was one of the breweries nights with live entertainment. Inside there was a jazz band playing and we could hear the stand up bass thumping outside. They sounded good, so I didn’t mind paying the $2. I also drove over an hour to get to Funky Buddha, so I wasn’t about to let a small cover change my mind.

The inside of the brewpub was dark with all of the attention put on the beer bar/hookah bar at the far end towards the back and the stage which was to the right. They have a lighting and sounds system in place for the stage. In between the entrance and the bar were some tables and a lounge area where you can sit down and smoke some hookah. The tobacco for smoking was located right behind the bar and behind the tap handles. There must have been over 100 different flavors of tobacco. The one thing that I thought worth noting was even though this is a hookah bar; I didn’t smell any smoke – which was a relief. When hearing that there was beer and hookah under the same roof, my immediate fear was that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the beer due to the smell of smoke. However, they had a very good ventilation system in place and unless you saw someone smoking in front of you, the smell would go completely unnoticed.

When sitting down, I was given a binder which was actually the bottle menu. The menu was sorted by beer style and also had a small section for food. The list was impressive and probably one of the better lists that I’ve seen in South Florida. Although I saw some beers I live in there, I only wanted to try their own beer. I tried Hop Gun first and followed it with Piti Porter. Both of them were far better than I had expected and I wish that I hadn’t driven because I wanted more. I’m sort of ashamed however that I didn’t take any tasting notes on these beers and I would have really liked to write a little more about them.

From speaking with the bar tender, he explained that they brew their beer in extremely small batches and can only produce 35 gallon batches at a time. While I was there, they had about seven of their beers on tap. I can imagine that the brewmaster there must be pretty busy to keep up with the demand.

I sat for a while listening to the jazz band play, drank my beer and explored their beer menu a little more in depth. They had a lot of different styles ranging from smoked beers, stouts, IPAs, wits, lagers etc. When I got to the lager section, I couldn’t help but start laughing hysterically when reading the description and price of Bud Light. This was probably one of the funniest things I’ve seen on a menu in quite a while:

“Bud Light (Anheuser Bush – Missouri $30 per 12oz can:
Tasting notes include St. Louis water with just the faintest hint of beer flavoring. If presented with the selection we have and you still want a Bud Light, you must truly love it, and hence, would be willing to pay $30. 4.2% ABV”

One of the other things I saw in the menu was also an advertisement for their beer making classes. Next door to the brewpub/bar, they offer classes for home brewing at least once a month. The space for the beer making classes also doubles up as a home brew store too. It’s open to anyone who wants to come in. It sounds like it would be a good time for anyone who’s looking to educate themselves more about how beer is brewed.

My only complaint about this entire place is their food. I’m not too sure about how their kitchen is set up, but I expected a little bit more from them in terms of food quality. I ordered a personal pizza and a pretzel and it was about the equivalent of a toasted pita and a warm up pretzel. The pizza was dry and crunchy. The pretzel was fine. Bottom line: don’t go there to eat. Go there to drink their awesome beers.

Overall I had a blast coming to this place and will definitely be going there again next time I’m visiting South Florida. I highly recommend going there since it’s literally everything beer under one roof: Home Brewing Classes, Equipment Sales, Extensive beer menu, House-Made Beers, $30 Bud Lights. I loved every minute of it.

Photo of Brittmb29
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great brewery in Boca, with a solid draft lineup. Their staple brews are good quality although for me the missionary ale doesn't impress. Their one time and limited brews have usually blown me away with flavor, they make amazing blended berliners and the prices are very reasonable. Happy hour is what makes them most reasonable, you can buy a limited brew and get any of their regulars for free before 7. Even when it isn't happy hour their prices are at the same level on other craft brews and they offer their own beer at a great price.

They offer a good number of bottles and i think they have more than 11 taps now.. but i haven't ever tried the bottles (friends who have come their enjoyed the selection). They also have a fairly good food selection although the prices aren't the best, its definitely not a food destination but the food is a good quality to snack with drinks.

The lounge can get very busy and so getting table service isn't always going to happen but at the bar the service is always good and most of the staff i have encountered are very friendly and all are knowledgeable about the beer. They also host shows some nights, the atmosphere is great for these events but if you came in for a brew only it could be an inconvience. When there isn't an even the music is a good level for conversation and lighting is low but at the bar it is more bright.

They also offer beer alternatives (hookah, kava) so its good for going out with friends who don't like beer when you want to have one. Overall this is an amazing brewery and a great place to go enjoy a beer or a show in boca. anyone coming through really ought to go check them out.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

First of all, I just want to say how pumped I was about coming here.
I visited this place during a business trip to Boca. Nice atmosphere in there. Hookas were fired up all over as it was $10 hooka night. However, after visiting India, the hookas here seemed like touristy cheap, but decent for "western" standards, and the college kid crowd proved my point.

After trying many of the brews, I just dont get the hype about this place. They were eitherbad to mediocre at best. Although Id still like to try the maple bacon brew. They have cool events, like live bands and such, so I can see coming here often if lived near by.

The service was ok. One guy was too cool for school, but the kid withthe crazy hair and piercings was cool.

Food stunk. It was just microwaved, but it filled the belly qnd somewhat cheap.

On a wierd side note, the bathroom tiles squished when I walked on them...kind of disturbing.

Overall, I would return if in the area again, but wouldnt make a special trip.

Photo of hmf05
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Very very cool place. The hookahs were nice and the ambiance was pretty relaxing. The guest beers are WAY overpriced, but their own brews aren't too badly priced. I enjoyed Hop Gun on tap and I would like to try more of their beers soon. They have a sampler which was priced reasonably so I think I'll try that out next time I head over there. There was a live band that was quite enjoyable and the people seemed to be pretty laid back. I wish the guest brews weren't so expensive otherwise I would come here over World of Beer more often. Overall, a great experience. I try to go every month or so.

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4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Between their beer and the guest taps, you would have trouble finding a beer to like. They have bands and comedians playing throughout the week. Happy hour deals from 5-7 during the week. The atmosphere has a way of bringing in a lot of unique people. I’ve seen some very diverse crowds enjoying themselves there. Recently, they opened up a homebrew shop next door, so now you can get you supplies and have a drink. They are young, but they are constantly evolving and expanding into an even better brewpub.

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4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I first visited the Funky Buddah in late 2009 before they moved into their current location which now services as a lounge, brewery and homebrew supply shop. I've been back many times since and it has grown to be my very favorite local spot for good beer and good times. Ryan, Kevin, Giani and all the supporting staff are wonderful, friendly, inviting and accomodating people who always make sure you have a full glass and full smile. They always have several of their own brews on tap along with a few guest taps, which have ranged anywhere from the standards (Magic Hat #9, Naragansett Lager) to full-blown tap takeover events, such as the one held by Cigar City Brewing recently. Funky Buddah's own brews are always phenomenal, and some of their specialty ones have found them nationwide notoriety, such as Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and No Crusts PB&J ale. The atmosphere is the most comfortable I've found as far as beer bars go. There are plenty of tables, both inside and outside, and even a few couches and large, comfy chairs. Things can get a little crowded during some of their bigger beer events or concerts, but you can usually grab a seat in the equally comfortable homebrew shop next door and avoid paying a cover for a show if you're just there for the beer. The only complaint I would have is that whenever there is a musical act on stage, it seems like the speaker volume is WAY too high. I find myself unable to hear the person talking right in front of me, and we usually adjourn our drinking to the outside tables or homebrew shop if it's open. Other than that, I absolutely love the Funky Buddha. I'm a proud member of their Snifter Club and they always come up with new and exciting beers, like the Bonita Applebum apple pie ale. I have also attended one of their homebrew classes and plan to buy all my homebrew equipment and ingredients there. Prices are always fair, especially for club members who get specials on Buddha brews and extended happy hour. To be honest, this place makes me wish I were single so I could spend more time there and not feel guilty!

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4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Seriouly, am I still in South Florida, what? This place is a diamond in the rough, by far the best beer in south Florida. They get it here. You have to stop if you are anywhere near, and go out of your way if you are not.

So I tried this Maple Bacon Coffee Porter beer they had, and it was freakin awesome! Would be great for breakfast, right? The Vanilla Expresso Piiti Porter was right on, as well.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating, even to my not so BA uncle. Missionary (not too exotic) Ale for him.

It is a hookah bar, but don't expect to smoke anything else in here (cigar or cigarette go outside).

The space is really cool, but not over the top, or trying too hard, just right. I am very glad to have found this establishment, and look foward to many more visits.

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4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been here numerous times and it is always a great experience. The beers: These people are innovative in their brewing creations. Ususally like to push and make something that has never been done before. Staff will gladly offer beer samples. The prices are very reasonable. There are several guest taps available for people wishing to try something else. The website is normally up to date with the current tap line up, but I would call to confirm.

I recommend trying the Monday nights for the Improv Jazz. The music is great and it usually doesn't get that crowded. Makes a cool place for a date or to actually have a group conversation with live music playing in the background.

Plenty of parking is available. The people and atmosphere inside is superb. I rated the atmosphere in general as average because it's somewhat hard to find and the location just seemed odd or like out of place.

Overall this place rocks and I'm glad to be fairly close to them.

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The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca Raton, FL
98 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.