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Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: Nightlife
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Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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506 reviews 506 reviews
112 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Leading to the West Palm Beach waterfront and yacht marina, Clematis Street features a long row of restaurants of all imaginable cuisines. Welcoming staffs, parking readily available both at meters and in garages, fun place to eat.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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49 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Many nifty restaurants and bars. Great free concerts on Thursday nights. Bring a lawn chair and try take-out.

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East Coast, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Nice walk, lots of restaurants, splash park BUT know to stay on Clematis. Can be a little seedy on the side streets and I would not park in the multi tier lot alone. There is a homeless issue so just be smart. You can have a giant greasy burger, Greek, etc on this one street. Trollers are fun to watch... More

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Rockledge, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

While staying in Downtown West Palm Beach, I had a couple of fun nights on Clematis Street. One night, a group of us went to O'Shea's Pub for movie trivia night and had a blast. While I am definitely a "dumb-dumb" when it comes to trivia, it was an exciting atmosphere and a very unique experience. I would suggest that... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Something for every palate, every personality. After hours, the music is beyond "10" to a point where the street is vibrating and the sidewalk humming. Police are easy to be found anywhere along Clematis, mainly for the patrons who don't understand how to have a good time without harming others. I drove for a taxi service at one time and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Plenty of resturants on Clematis to choose from.... causal and upscale.Many of them have Happy Hours with nice appetizers at discount rate as well as drinks.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

With a great Selection of Bars,Restaurants,Cafes,Galleries,Water Fountain and Park there is something for all ages from top to bottom of Clematis Street. By day it hums with business and lunch, moves slowly through early evening dinners to Niteclubs in the later hours. Weekend Events mark the downtown Calender on the green overlooking a the Intercostal Waterway. Keeps us going back... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Passed thru Clematis Street following 3 or 4 hours at the beach. First stop, Bradley's Saloon for a quick pint then down Clematis onto City Place. Lots to do and see. Have FUN...!!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

excellent night life on Clematis. great beer at the world of beer and food too. good pubs as well as restaurants.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Restaurants and bars which cater to the younger crowds. Could be more enticing if there was a better age appropriate mix of establishments. People in their 50's on up enjoy a happening place too, but without the blasting of music loud enough to disrupt any possible conversation. A piano bar/restaurant would be a great. During the season, the restaurants and... More

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