Raising the Bar at Local’s Pub

Good drinks, pub fare, and old friends come together at the new Tequesta watering hole

Local’s loaded nachos
Local’s loaded nachos.

A new watering hole where good drinks, pub fare, and old friends come together has arrived in Tequesta. Local’s Pub—from the same owners who operate the adjacent Casa Caña—is the essential “meetup and hangout” spot for locals, says owner Seamus O’Brien, who opened the pub in September. “We wanted to create a place we thought Tequesta was missing,” he says. “There’s no place like a ‘Cheers’ bar, where you walk in and everyone knows your name.” 

Local’s signature O'Brien Smash Burger
Local’s signature O’Brien Smash Burger.

With a moody atmosphere accented by Edison lighting, Local’s has a very different vibe from Casa Caña, with what O’Brien describes as a “really dark, moody, funky atmosphere” akin to “trashy chic.” Local’s features indoor seating for 45 as well as a dog-friendly outdoor patio with TVs, firepits, and cornhole and hosts live bands, deejays, and comedy shows throughout the week. A pool table and a golf video game (Golden Tee) provide more entertainment. The casual pub has also quickly become a popular spot for football fans, especially those rooting for the Florida State Seminoles and Philadelphia Eagles. 

Local’s Buffalo chicken wings
Local’s Buffalo chicken wings.

Typical bar fare including wings, nachos, soft pretzels, a rib eye Philly cheesesteak, and a “smash burger” (their spin on a gourmet Big Mac using meat from a local company) is elevated by Executive Chef David Chapman, who ran three Michelin-rated kitchens in Chicago and still leads the shared Casa Caña kitchen, making his own pickles, dressings, and sauces. In addition to craft beer, wine, and seltzers, the pub also serves specialty cocktails like the Corona Sunrise, as well as staples like the old-fashioned and espresso martini.  

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