Judging by how busy it is, the Banana Boat has mass a-peel.
The size of the restaurant-bar complex makes this no small feat. Much of the indoor space is devoted to a dining room, but there is a large rectangular bar inside. Beyond the plate-glass doors, on a plain wooden deck, there are a few more tables and a massive bar outside. All but a few tables are full. The bar outside is standing-room-only at 7:30-8:30 on a weekend.
If you're patient and lucky, a barstool may open up, and your chances are slightly better inside. But the appeal, at least on weekend nights, seems to be greater outdoors. There's the lure of the waterfront setting, the cool evening breeze, and top-notch live music.
We caught Couscous, a solo guitarist with a voice to match his covers of Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Crosby, Stills & Nash songs. Although the repertoire is varied, it hews to '60s and '70s pop rock.
Food from an extensive seafood-oriented menu is available at the bars, where service is good.
The decor is nautical but elegant, not rundown. The wicker and rattan furnishings are in good shape, and wood is well-varnished and gleaming. Hearth tile covers the floor indoors, while the ceiling is high and wood-beamed.
The outside deck is covered in a white awning lined with white pinlights. Customers are a mix, casually dressed but not sloppy.
With good music, drink and food specials and a waterfront setting, the Banana Boat is a bunch of fun.
Nightlife newsSaturday: Check out the free Rhythm & Blues on the Avenue 2 to 9 p.m. at 1130 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561-276-8640). Enjoy Tommy Smith and his Dixieland Band 7:30 p.m. at Eissey Theater, Palm Beach Community College, 3160 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Admission $10. Call 561-832-3115.
Sunday: For risque, adult humor try hypnotist/comic Denny More at the Improv, CityPlace, West Palm Beach (561-833-1812).
Monday: Stop by Palm Beach Ballroom, 302 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth (561-533-5873) at 8 p.m. and dance the night away.
Tuesday: Attend the Jazz Arts Music Society's special dinner concert featuring Judy Roberts and Greg Fishman, 6 p.m. at Palm Beach Hilton, 2842 S. Ocean Blvd. Cost is $45. Reservations required; call 561-835-0382.
Wednesday: Dance to adult contemporary and old musical hits performed by Rick Malin after 8:30 p.m. at the rooftop lounge at Best Western SeaSpray Inn, 123 Ocean Ave., Singer Island (561-845-0402).
Thursday: Check out the indoor/outdoor setting at City Limits, 29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach (561-279-8222) while listening to live blues by the Nucklebusters.
Staff writer Jeremy Lang can be reached at email@example.com. or 954-356-2338. Joan Brazer Durante, a freelance writer based in Plantation, writes the nightlife news portion of this column. Please fax news concerning local entertainment events and performers to 954-835-2347, 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, Los Angeles Times