Buzzed in Paradise

Sometimes the concept behind a bar is much better than the execution, and sometimes there can indeed be too much of a good thing. This seems to be the case with the newly opened Red Zone Sports Café & Sports Theater. Having taken over the space the Original Steakhouse vacated, Red Zone has everything a sports bar should have: tons of huge TVs (13 surround the bar, each about seven by eight feet), a full menu of bar food, flirty bartenders, and plenty of alcohol. It's the little things that keep the place from being your everyday watering hole.

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Red Zone Café & Sports Theater, 1804 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-764-3535, or visit redzonecafe.com.

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Order a pint and you're lucky to get a can's worth poured into your glass. (Those "pint" glasses look like they hold maybe nine ounces.) Want to watch all the games at the same time? Be prepared to crane your neck around quite a bit. The televisions, while huge, are situated practically right on top of the bar. It's easy to see the screens opposite you but not much else. And if you're running a sports bar, hosting live sporting events for guys who are dumping beers down their throats, let's cut the Kelly Clarkson soundtrack down and try playing audio from one of the games — or at least something that doesn't zap all the testosterone completely out of the place. Of course, the Red Zone has been open only a few months, so hopefully these are just growing pains. This place will be rad if it gets its act together by football season.

 
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