Funky Buddha Brewery

Funky Buddha BreweryFunky Buddha Brewery
Funky Buddha BreweryFunky Buddha Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1201 NE 38th St
Ste A1
Oakland Park, Florida, 33334-4504
United States

(954) 440-0046 | map

Acquired by Constellation Brands in 2017
View: Beers | Place Reviews
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of MadMadMike
Reviewed by MadMadMike from France

3.6/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Funky Buddha carries lots of ‘used to be dot dot dot’ on their resume. Used to be a great visionary brand, fine beers contract brewed at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, and served to college kids at their taproom lounge in Boca Raton. But then ‘Maple Bacon Coffee Porter’ got discovered, went viral, and the owner built a mega brewery. Then started using syrup adjunt in their portfolio to push volume quicker. Then the wheels started coming off, culminating in being sold to Constellation Brands,,., Corona’s daddy.
Building is cavernous, rock vibe, and the merch stand jammed full. Sit outside as the train passes, get a bonus layer of dust on your nachos!
Beer ranges from Very Good IPAs to cloying Syrup Bombs. (They once did a cherry adjunct Stout that tasted like NyQuil.,).
Service is Great.
Food is OK.
Dec 12, 2023
Photo of goodbyeohio
Reviewed by goodbyeohio from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25
First, lemme get all Northyorksammy on you guys for a sec. The parking lot ain't safe, the neighborhood ain't safe, so be careful! And I was there at like 1pm on a Thursday.

There is something poetic and empty about your first visit to a once-great brewery being about five years after the peak of their popularity. The spacious warehouse feel, the high ceilings, the insanely large merch area.. it all reeks of a busy brewery, except now it's beer nerd ghosts that patronize the great hall. OK, i'm exaggerating, but kinda not too.

Saddling up to the completely empty bar and looking at the insane tap list, I imagined I had accidentally entered prior to opening, but that wasn't the case. The server was an older gentleman, wrapped up with his phone, but nice enough when approached. I had a couple pints and a handful of high octane tasters, thought a lot about Ronnie Mund and Richard Christy and their love for the Buddha, paid my tab, and departed.

I could tell I was the only one in there geeking out about beer (there may have been 5-10 other people in there by the time I left) and it kind of made me sad. The best thing about hype-y breweries is the electricity in the air, despite the overwhelming (usually stinky) crowds and usually small spaces. This is a place where those days are long gone.

I really enjoyed some of those pastry-tasters (although the pint of cream ale was terrible.. florida water!) and there was a sense of history being in there. However, I wish my visit was years earlier to capture some of the excitement that makes traveling for weird beers so much fun.

Does this make sense? I hope so.
Nov 15, 2023
Photo of CarolinaCardinals
Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Visited here with Da Boss while vacationing in the Fort Lauderdale area 12-21-21 during the lunch hour.

Vibe was a big spacious warehouse type space inside with a swag center right at the front entrance, numerous tables on the inside and a bar with several large screens at the back. Outside there were table on the patio that laid adjacent to railroad tracks with high-speed regional trains running by every 20-30 minutes.

Quality of the beer was good; Linda enjoyed her Fuhgeddaboudit Red Ale and i had 3 ales in which all were solid.

Service was near perfect as the server had a great handle on the IPA's available when i inquired even though i had menu in hand.

Selection was very good as there were 6 year-round brews available and 15 Limited Releases available.

Food was solid as Linda enjoyed her Cuban sandwich and my Nashville Chicken was tasty as well. Potato Salad and House Pickle are a nice alternative to those of us that typically get fries.

Overall a worthwhile stop with a good choice of solid brews and food to choose from!
Dec 21, 2021
Photo of WoodBrew
Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The vibe was a bit odd as it is in a strip mall like building on the corner of a main drag. There is a large space with TV all around and was kid friendly. The quality of the beer and food were very good. The service was excellent and attentive. There was plenty of different beers and food to choose from.....everyone should be able to find something they like. The food was very good....I had the pretzel and maple bacon! Definitely worth visiting.
Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by Gobzilla from California

Jul 12, 2021
Photo of Treyliff
Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Visited during COVID regulations so I imagine it wasn't the normal atmosphere. Plenty of room to spread out and have a beer, both indoor and outdoors. The selection was a solid variety, although I was hoping for more malty options, but I guess that's to be expected in March. I had a smoked salmon BLT and it was fantastic, large food portions. Service seems to be a team effort but staff was very engaging and polite. I'd definitely come back the next time I'm in Ft Lauderdale.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 17, 2020
Photo of Tacoma_Dan
Reviewed by Tacoma_Dan from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Reserved a table and I recommend using that option as there are limited seating and patrons allowed with COVID precautions in place. Decent selection of beers and food and service was solid. Hot chicken sandwich was really good. Wish they had more of their limited releases on draft, but was able to get a bottle of last buffalo in the park to go. Fun experience but you can tell FB has hit corporate level brewery.
Jun 22, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by NV87 from Florida

May 30, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 16, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Feb 05, 2020
Rated: 4.53 by SpaceBeagle from Utah

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by Mike_Garber from Florida

Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by smcel371 from New York

May 27, 2019
Rated: 4.09 by Griffith from Connecticut

Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by MTKATL from Georgia

Feb 03, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by robotic_being from Illinois

Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 14, 2019
Photo of Rockpecobill
Rated by Rockpecobill from Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Did not think I would like the beer but it taste like an uncrustable with grape jelly and one of my favorits.
Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by themayorkoch from Ohio

Dec 01, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by DaveCash from New York

Dec 01, 2018
Photo of Marcus_Erroneous
Reviewed by Marcus_Erroneous from Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
We were there on a Wednesday afternoon so things were a bit calm. The place is very cool and I love their beers, especially the darker ones. The No Crusts and the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter are two of my five favorite beers! Highly recommend
Jul 07, 2018
Photo of hoptheology
Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75
Place was absolutely packed. Probably par for the course on a Saturday bottle release. We waited until two seats opened up where we could set our stuff down and mark our places. I went to the bar to order and was promptly greeted and serviced. Beers were decent, but stick to the Barrel Aged stuff if you really want to get your money's worth.

Dropped $200 on bombers and glassware and the counter help was neutral at best. Good haul overall. Limited parking, dumpsters in the back reek bad.
Jun 23, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

May 02, 2018
Photo of Oconomowocian
Reviewed by Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
Really enjoyed my visit to FB. Big place, fun crowd on Halloween last year. Servers were great too. I'm a big fan of their adjunct porters and they had several on tap. The togo bottle selection varies quite a bit, it seems like their stuff hits pretty wide distro in FL and I seem to have good luck finding some of their releases on the shelves of bottle shops in the area also. Two thumbs up for FB.
Apr 27, 2018
Photo of larryarms847
Reviewed by larryarms847 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Very cool brewery and very open floor plan which is always nice. They have a rec area with indoor cornhole/bags set up which is awesome! The beers are above average but only a select few are outstanding. The service was excellent as well as the food and they have quite a selection to choose from!
Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Burt from Rhode Island

Apr 06, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2018
Photo of JLK7299
Rated by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Weird set up ( makes it hard to get served) but absolutely great!
Mar 02, 2018
Photo of VABA
Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
A great place to visit with ample room for a huge crowd and some wonderful selections both on tap and to carry out. This is Porter Heaven, and one cannot miss those great porters!
Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 5 by Davit from California

Feb 15, 2018
Rated: 4.59 by Vandelay1863 from Florida

Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4.53 by bigdog3838 from Florida

Jan 26, 2018
Photo of ImMrBill3
Reviewed by ImMrBill3 from Florida

4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75
Nice large taproom, popular but it can hold the crowd. Food and cornhole in the back. Excellent selection of 30 taps including one guest tap. Growlers and crowlers at a decent price.
Dec 23, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Dec 18, 2017
Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 17959 ratings