On an unassuming side road off A1A south of Worth Avenue, the Colony Hotel sits in modest tropical elegance. A relative Palm Beach newcomer at age 51, behind its white, French-door facade lies a variety of live entertainment, from soft piano stylings to full-blown cabaret.
The former can be found in the Polo Lounge, where a recent visit found a pianist, Kim Forman, a veteran of cruise line entertainment. A casual, personable pianist backed by programmed instrumentals, she has the well-dressed clientele dancing to everything from Barry White and Whitney Houston to Etta James and Astrid Gilberto.
At the bar, white-jacketed staff are attentive but not officious. Food is available at the large, U-shaped bar.
The room is decorated in colonial English style, with lots of brass, mahogany and earth-toned tiles.
More formal is the Colony's Royal Room, a venue for dinners and cabaret. Shows by artists such as Andrea Marcovicci (Feb. 1-12) or Kenny Rankin (Feb. 15-26) are featured for $55, or $85 with dinner. Two shows run nightly Tuesdays-Saturdays, and change about every fortnight. Leslie Uggams opens March 1.
In the Polo Lounge, Forman entertains Thursday-Saturday starting Dec. 18 ; a male vocalist performs Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The live music officially ends at 11:30, but the night of our visit, couples wanted to dance, and were so receptive to Forman that she kept playing past midnight.
Whether you're a guest or there just for drinks and dancing, the Colony is warmly accommodating.
Nightlife news Tonight: Discover modern-day flamenco replete with bright costumes and hand-clapping rhythms at La Barraca Tapas Bar and Cafe, 1831 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation (954-693-9757).
Saturday: Treat yourself to a Greek show with belly dancers and ethnic music at Taverna Milos, Paradise Beach Resort, 1380 S. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach (954-942-5996).
Tuesday: Find traditional Irish musicians at John L. Sullivan's (formerly Humperdink's), 4460 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point (954-781-9669). Dance in the moonlight while being entertained by the Wayne L. Fun Show 7:30-9 p.m., weather permitting, at Hollywood Beach Theatre, Johnson Street and the Broadwalk (954-921-3404).
Wednesday: Join locals applauding pianist-vocalist Al Nero and friends performing pop standards at Chumley's at the Mermaid, 1435 S. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach (954-974-4452).
Thursday: Discover the luck of the Irish when visiting the Field Irish Pub and Eatery, 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach (954-964- 5979). This corner of southwest Broward has live entertainment, Irish-American food and a wonderful sense of camaraderie.
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 send notices concerning New Year's Eve events featuring music and dancing by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 954-835-2347. Deadline Dec. 11.