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A spot to see and be seen, Yolo (You Live Only Once) is the perfect place to mingle with the trendy Fort Lauderdale set. With classic decor, contemporary fare cooked to perfection, innovative cocktails and unswerving hospitality, this restaurant lives up to its name. Also, the versatile private dining room, lounge and patio coupled with party menus and exciting happy hour deals create an ultimate destination for business lunches, social dinners and private celebrations.
One of the finest rodizio restaurants in town, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse has been delighting meat lovers since 2004. The elegant and swank ambiance makes it a great choice for special occasions as well. Perfectly seasoned meats on skewers are cooked to your liking at you table-side by their gauchos. Eat to your heart's fill at this place. If you have room, then check out their salad bar as well. Round off your meal with decadent desserts. Their attractive courtyard with a huge banyan tree taking centerstage, is the domain of their bar. Enjoy happy hour specials under the stars and the sound of the adjacent water-bodies.
McSorley's Beach Pub offers guests both ocean views and frosty drinks that are hard to beat, located right in the center of Fort Lauderdale's Central Beach district. Catering to guests headed to the beach or just coming back, the ground floor beach pub area hosts Fort Lauderdale's party crowd who sips on tasty cocktails or ice-cold drafts while watching one of the 30 high definition TVs dotting the walls. In the upstairs lounge, the vibe is decidedly more mellow, long benches filled with groups casually chatting and taking in the sights. The sun deck and its impressive views is surely not to miss on nice days or raucous nights when the party rages on until three in the morning. A bar complex that's sure to please everyone in your group, McSorley's is the best bet for post-beach relaxation alone or with friends.
Nestled on the southern bank of New River, this restaurant takes guests on a voyage through pirate land. As you arrive at The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill, the restaurant may look like a shack, but walk in and you will be greeted with skull styled paraphernalia and artifacs, as well as servers in pirate outfits. The menu features fresh bounties from the sea, blending together South American, Caribbean, Mediterranean and local flair. The dock offers beautiful views of the river while you feast. Since its opening in 2009, The Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill has captured hearts of patrons with its theme and food.
Home of legendary clams and cheese-steaks, the Southport Raw Bar has carved a niche for itself. Serving fresh food throughout the year, this waterside delight has been attracting crowds since it opened in 1973. Daily specials, gratifying platters and toothsome desserts make this place a must-visit.
With a repertoire of 51 taps, Tap42 is Fort Lauderdale's chief champion of beer. Their impressive selection features American brews and ales alongside premium spirits and inventive concoctions. They pride themselves on the city's only craft beer cocktail list, blending brews with homemade syrups and fresh herbs. Bar fare is a mix of classics including chicken wings, meatballs, burgers, seared scallops, grilled salmon, crispy calamari, mussels and fries.
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Mai-Kai restaurant offers great food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Its thatched roof and carved totems are set against a backdrop of fiery torches and waterfalls. Inside, décor includes giant palm-frond fans, massive carvings and high-backed wicker chairs. It has won many awards for excellent cuisine, decor and entertainment. Traditional Chinese ovens create some of the best roast pork in the state and the Crab Rangoon is delicious. Their service is excellent, and the cocktails offered are from original Donn Beach recipes and served in coconuts and pineapples.
Entering The Field Irish Pub and Eatery transports you directly to Ireland. The pub's farmhouse-like interior includes a chimney stack and fireplace that exude a rustic country charm. Although this place is known for offering the finest Guinness in the state, they also cater to non-beer drinkers with a well-stocked bar and popular favorites from American cuisine. Live acts and themed nights get the party started.