Funkier Buddha

Nick Harrison

What is the only place in the world where you can try an Espresso Aged Piti Porter? The Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca, where this and several other beer types are now brewed on site.

“The Buddha,” as it’s commonly referred to, carries brews not found anywhere else in Boca, including imported beers that can be purchased only at certain liquor stores, according to co-owner Jim Bast.

The venue recently moved to a larger location to accommodate more customers as well as its own brewery. Bast said the new brewery is used to make three of their own exclusive microbrew beers.

When asked why they upgraded, Bast shared, “We had to turn people away [from the old location].” He went on to explain that the new location of the Buddha allows not only a larger occupancy, but the potential for the lounge to become more of an entertainment venue. The Funky Buddha already features shows from local bands, including a jazz night on Mondays played by FAU students.

Bast went on to explain that the new brewing equipment is located in the kitchen of the Lounge, and the original beers made at the Buddha can be found on tap and purchased there exclusively. “We have always been known for our beer selection,” he said.

Along with being a lounge, the Buddha is a social and musical venue as well.

“During the week it’s a really chill, easy atmosphere. You feel like you’re in a homey place,” said Amber Tutwiler, a senior psychology major who works at the Buddha. “The weekends it’s pretty crazy, depending on the show.”

With the combination of hookah, beer and music, the Buddha offers “great entertainment, great crowd, great beer, great food, good atmosphere,” said junior communications major and regular Buddha patron Mark Marazita.

The relaxing atmosphere of the Buddha offers students a change of pace.

“I go to the Buddha because it’s relaxed,” said Blake Erikson, a freshman psychobiology major. “The mood set by the lounge makes it a great place to unwind.”

 

Check it out:

What: Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery

Where: 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, FL 33431

How much: Cover charge ranges from free to $8, depending on the night and the show.

For more info: www.thefunkybuddha.com or (561) 368-4643

[Source: www.thefunkybuddha.com]