Although it's part of Spoto's Oyster Bar, Blue Point Lounge achieves an identity of its own. In an up-and-coming area, Blue Point creates interest through a casually attractive setting, friendly atmosphere, and live music four days weekly.
A well-dressed suburban crowd frequented the lounge when I happened by one Saturday. While some awaited tables in the adjoining restaurant, for many this was the primary destination. Food is served at the large bar dominating the room, as are interesting appetizers such as tuna sashimi ($9.75). Drinks priced in the $6 range are expected in upscale settings such as this.
Red brick, blue cone light shades and lacquered wood form the backdrop for a barroom also housing a plasma television screen and small space for the entertainers. Musicians, at least the two I saw, have a difficult time here since the noise level is high and the lyrics were hardly audible at times. Still, some guests managed to surround the duo's dais, better able to appreciate the music than I was at the bar. And a few even danced in the narrow walkway bordering the drink service area.
While I wasn't terribly impressed with the musicians that night, I am a fan of Davis & Dow, a musical duo with a penchant for delivering moving music who appeared at the Blue Point in the past. Entertainers do change, and the setting is nice enough for a return visit and to give the entertainment another try.
Nightlife newsTonight: Take advantage of the waterway location, casual setting, and live reggae at the Crab Pot, 386 Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach (561-844-2722).
Saturday: Check out 2nd Generation, 711 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter (561-747-0032) for live music in an enjoyable environment. In the casual setting catering to the twentysomething through thirtysomething crowd at the Ugly Mug, 5065 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561-498-0634), find local bands performing. Wind down, chill out, sit back, get up and dance, or just relax at Watercolors, Radisson Bridge Resort, 999 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton (561-368-9500).
Sunday: Most have fun during karaoke night at Swampgrass Willy's, Promenade Shopping Center, 9910 Alternate A1A, Palm Beach Gardens (561-625-1555).
Monday: Discover the talented local musicians at the open jam at Turn3 Sports Bar, 23032 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton (561-483-1964).
Tuesday: Enjoy music in the romantic setting found at Arturo's Ristorante, 6750 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton (561-997-7373). Built to resemble a Tuscan villa, the elegantly appointed establishment has a piano bar with music starting at 6:30 p.m. and continuing to closing. Dress up, get out and dance at Chesterfield Hotel, 363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach (561-659-5800). Arrive early to get a seat at the elegantly appointed Leopard Lounge.
Wednesday: Discover Irish and American music at Brogues Irish Pub, 621 Lake Ave., Lake Worth (561-585-1885).
Thursday: Check out Tavern in the Greenery, 301 Yamato Road, Boca Raton (561-995-9090). This unique restaurant/lounge in the atrium of an office building is eye-catching, filled with foliage and features music and dancing.
Joan Brazer Durante, a freelance writer based in Plantation, is a nightlife columnist for the Sun-Sentinel. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun