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.
Cool cocktails and thumping music are two of the things that have ensured the Elbo Room's popularity since its establishment in 1938. However, you have to jab a few ribs to groove to the music as the dance floor can get a little crowded in the late hours. If you want to take a bit of a breather, walk down to the beach and then head back to the venue for a further round of drinks and dancing.
The Old Hollywood Beerhouse is nestled in the heart of the city and is a place unlike any in Hollywood. On offer are over two hundred local and imported beers that are sure to satisfy even the most ardent beer aficionados. Their beers are priced at $4 each, almost a steal. They do not serve food but encourage you to bring your own. This place has a rustic charm to it and features a vintage decor. The service is friendly and quick making this place a must visit when in the city.
Give a western twist to your night out with friends at Round Up Country Western Nightclub. If you are clueless about the style of dance, worry not, Round Up offers free dance lessons; take a lesson before the night begins and join the experts on the dance floor. Guests can participate in Cha Cha, Line Dance, East Coast Swing and Two Step. Some nights, country singers grace this place with their melodious voices. On Sunday nights, children are welcomed at Round Up to enjoy a family night filled with dancing, music and food.
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.
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.
Located in Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Shopping Center, Kim's Alley Bar has been welcoming patrons for over 50 years. Housed within a red brick structure, the space can be divided into two distinct areas: the front with its classy feel, and the back with its dive bar raucous ambiance. The back section is ideal for those who wish to take in the local lively scene; it features pool tables, dart boards, juke box and ping pong tables. Reasonably priced drinks and happy hour specials, keeps guests coming back for more.
A popular bar for the LGBT community, Mona's Cocktail Lounge is an ideal place for a fun night out and for meeting new people. It is quite a well-known bar in the neighborhood and is a frequent hang out spot for the locals. The cheerful vibe and the amiable staff ensure you have a good time and special events are regularly hosted at this place for the guests to enjoy. Drop in to sip on their flavorful cocktails, revel in the communal spirit and strike up a conversation with the friendly locals.
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.
Located on Las Olas Boulevard, Louie Bossi's serves fresh Italian delights in an expansive, family-friendly place. The restaurant's chef and namesake, Louie Bossi himself, takes his business seriously, and this is reflected in their hand-made bread and pizza dough. To top it off, Bossi's will present you with an option of 14 different types of pasta, cannoli shells and house-made sauces. Try the roasted porcetta-laden sandwich called The Boss, and the fragrant pizzas that come highly recommended. Choose from a menu of wine, beer and cocktails to go with the Italian fare.
American Social may be a touch out of place on the upscale Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, but that doesn't keep the city's young (and collegiate) crowd from flocking to this innovative pub. The most unique feature of American Social is in plain view upon walking in: a large wall pocked with self-serve beer taps that allows guests to skip the line and secure their brew. If the walk to the self-serve taps is a deal-killer, then the private tap tables allow guests to stay seated with up to eight friends while pulling drafts of four different craft brews. There are a number of menu items available here that span contemporary American favorites, although the forty beers on tap provide enough of a distraction that you may gloss over the food entirely. The crowd can be a bit boisterous and the bar is a bit loud, meaning a quiet night here is near impossible. If you're in the mood for a raucous night with friends and the convenience of self-service, American Social is for you.