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.
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.
Gracefully housed in the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Monkitail is perhaps the most highly-regarded Izakayas in town serving an impressive range of contemporary takes on traditional Japanese delicacies. The interiors are tastefully done and feature elaborate suspended lights, sleek furnishings, and intimate seating areas, making the restaurant a favorite among couples. If you aren't well-acquainted with modern Japanese cuisine, go for the Big Eye Tuna Special, Japanese Scallop, and the Lobster Tempura. Do try the cocktails from the bar.
Opened in 2013, The Tipsy Boar is a popular gastropub in the downtown area. Floor-to-wall glass windows create an airy ambiance while the stone patio makes a lovely addition for an alfresco option. Beer enthusiasts will have a variety to choose from their 40 rotating taps of craft brews. Tipple on artisan cocktails and wine. Boasting to have one of the best happy hours in town, it is a great place to unwind over a few drinks. Nosh on delightful pub grub that is made from seasonal ingredients. A convivial spot to hang out with friends, The Tipsy Boar does live up to expectations.
Wine connoisseurs touring the city simply cannot miss Modern Sixties Wine Lounge. An intimate bar taking pride in their impressive selection of wines, Modern Sixties Wine Lounge attracts locals and travelers alike. Dimly lit with quirky light installations, the bar has a spacious interior with seating spaces providing a beautiful views of the city outside. The setting is perfect for enjoying a glass or two of your favorite or novel vintage wines. Patrons can rely on the servers for suggestions and opt for a Charcuterie plate, pork sliders or a cheese platter to complement their wine bliss.
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.
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.
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.
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.