Established in 1984, Roosters is the longest continually operating gay bar in Palm Beach County. Located on Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, the bar is less than a quarter of a mile east of I95 so it’s a convenient location for customers from all of Palm Beach County and points north.
Some months ago, SFGN ran an update on the bars in South Florida. At that time Rooster’s had just made some significant upgrades, painting, cleaning, and remodelling. They also initiated a no smoking policy.
To accommodate their smoking clients, the bar remodelled the outdoor patios. According to Manager David Hazen the transition was swift and easy and improves the atmosphere tremendously.
Besides winning Best Bar they also won the reader submitted category of Best Atmosphere.
“We had a good air exchange system,” Hazen said. “But it wasn’t as good as completely eliminating the smoke. Smoking is bad for health and more people are coming to know this.”
Regular client James Timmerman loves the atmosphere at Roosters. “It’s a real neighbourhood bar,” he said. People know your name and are genuinely concerned about each other. This is true for both the bartenders and customers.”
“We must be doing something right,” Hazen said. “We have very loyal employees and very little turnover.”
“There’s also a sense of responsibility to the larger community,” Timmerman said. “We help raise money for good causes.”
“We raised $14,000 for breast cancer,” Hazen said. Ten thousand dollars for Pulse Victims and we’re in 10th place in fund raising for The Ride.”
“And,” said Timmerman. “There’s something different happening every night so you’re never bored.”
Melissa St. John, First Lady of the Palm Beaches,
Voted Best Bar & Atmosphere in Palm Beach Co. 2016 by South Florida Gay News!
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