West Palm Beach’s popular Clematis Street entertainment neighborhood will be overrun by gators this fall – Florida Gators fans that is. Dorrian’s Red Hand Irish bar and restaurant on Clematis is now the official viewing location for the Palm Beach Gators Club, meaning its large TV’s will be prime viewing for fans who like to do the Gator Chomp.
Florida’s season kicks off this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Michigan.
“I have a lot of friends who are Gators fans,’’ said Dorrian’s owner Danny Dorrian. “They had been going somewhere else but wanted a new location in West Palm Beach to watch the games with their friends. And another reason I think they wantd to come here is because (Florida State) Seminoles’ fans watch the games next door.’
The Gators (and ‘Noles), of course, play on Saturdays. On Sundays, Dorrian’s will be hopping, too, as the bar and eatery also is the official viewing location of the Palm Beach Patriot Club. So expect to see plenty of Brady and Gronk jerseys when the defending Super Bowl champs begin their season Sept. 7 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
A native of New York City, Danny Dorrian is a lifelong New York Jets fan, but business is business.
“I have tons of friends from Boston,’’ he said with a smile.
Whether you’re at Dorrian’s for a football game, or just for food and drinks, make sure to go upstairs to the bar’s new 215, led by Mixologist Vincent Toscano. 215 Speakeasy is now open Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 pm to 2:30 am. There are no TV’s in 215 Speakeasy – just a screen that shows vintage black and white movies – so the emphasis definitely is on cocktails. Toscano, one of South Florida’s best mixologists, is known for mixing classic ingredients with his own concoctions to come up with some unique (and delicious) cocktails.