If you are looking for a place where you can bring a date then Vinos on Las Olas is one spot that won't disappoint. Gently illuminated in yellow lights, the bar has an inviting interior that exudes romance from every corner. The seating spaces can accommodate groups, but they also have tables that can be reserved for couples away from the crowds. The place has an old-world vibe, the walls are accentuate with exposed bricks and cabinets narrating the tales of their outstanding collection of wines. From French whites, chardonnay to rose, sparkling wines, Pinot Noirs, Merlots, Spanish reds and more, this place is a paradise for those who live for wines.
Thai cuisine is very popular in South Florida and good cooking has garnered this 10-year-old restaurant, a top ranking amidst the city's numerous Thai kitchens. You'll find a variety of red, green and other curries, plus pad Thai and Penang curry options, as well as seafood selections with appropriately Thai touches. Check the menu for daily specials to savor some of the best preparations. A pleasantly cozy dining room offers a romantic setting to feast on exotic flavors.
El Tamarindo Cafe in Fort Lauderdale is the place to be if you wish to take your friends out for a wholesome Contemporary Latin-style meal. The interiors are tastefully done, featuring an array of antique furnishings and comfortable seating options. The menu is primarily meat-centric but does offer some decent vegetarian choices with the Whole Red Snapper, Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Mariscada Soup being some of their specialties. Alcoholic beverages are served here.
Hidden inside the Pizza Craft restaurant, Apothecary 330 can be a bit tricky to locate but the place is worth your time. An impressive cocktail bar, Apothecary 330 has a divey vibe infused in an upscale ambiance. Decked with vintage center pieces and furnished with leather chesterfields, the place's old-world charm is extricable from its character. Exposed-brick walls and a polished wooden bar, complete the bar's interior. The cabinets boast of eclectic spirits that are sure to spoil cocktail and liquor connoisseurs. The menu is exhaustive, it includes an array of cocktails infused with bourbon, rye and American whiskeys. Classic cocktails in addition to a few special drinks define the place's menu.
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.
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.
Here at Laser Wolf, no one takes themselves too seriously. The beer however, is an entirely different story. This craft beer center offers labels rarely found elsewhere and also has a selection of wines and sake. Shows by local artists and bands regularly occur, adding an extra bit of excitement to the evening.
Established in the 90's, Ramrod Fort Lauderdale is a popular local gay bar and is located in the Middle River Terrace district. Every night is a night for something special with a variety of themes, frequent specials on drinks, and a hip and trendy decor that changes with the theme. The drinks are very reasonably priced and cheaper during happy hours and the staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. The pig dance on the first Saturday of every month is a highlight and is hosted by DJ's that are renowned across the globe. Do stop by when in town, you're sure to love Ramrod Fort Lauderdale.
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.
The Manor is a bi-level entertainment complex which caters mostly to the gay community, though others are welcome as well. Comprising of a nightclub and ultra lounge with outdoor patios, this massive venue is equipped with a high-end sound and lighting system. The dimly lit establishment is full of crystal chandeliers, modern decor and eclectic lights. The Manor is popular for its well established DJs, live nights, dance parties and runway shows.
Established in 1970, World Famous Parrot Lounge has been serving the residents of Fort Lauderdale for over 40 years. Though the ownership of the eatery has changed hands, the amicable service has not. Offering over 30 varieties of craft beer, this bar is sure to please any brew aficionado. The cheese sticks are a must-try here. Seafood lovers can take advantage of their raw bar, where you can enjoy shrimp, crabs and oysters. This lounge offers a casual ambiance that has made it a favorite among locals.