The Poor House is the romantically gothic watering hole of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Years back, it was scummy and beautiful and thought to be perfect as such. Then times changed, and there were some renovations. But, after some getting used to, the redecorating can only be seen as kick-ass Poor House now has a kitchen. Its way cleaner; in fact, its shockingly clean now (which goes quite well because of that aforementioned kitchen, so try the fries). Perhaps one negative for some barflies is that the bars not as dark as it used to be. You can see people now (see people drinking hard-core) but the lights are for good cause. This may come as a shock, but Poor House has a sports-bar aesthetic now: Theres a pool table (when there's not a show), several flat-screens TVs, and darts.
For years, this pub has been where Garo Gallo has put on Florida? Yeah!, a musical showcase that lines up varied local acts. It happens the last Saturday of every month... well, pretty much (the batting average for it being on is real good). You know Gallo from being the frontman of Dooms de Pop and the co-creator/proprietor of Fort Lauderdales indie art/music venue the Bubble. So its extra special when he returns to the Poor House to put on this event and now he brings his Fort Lauderdale art collective peeps with him. Saturday, garage-rock trio Dooms de Pop will perform with special guests. Bottom line, even though details are slim of who else is playing beforehand: Its a great night to hit up the P-Hizz downtown, for the regulars and for the folks who havent been to the digs in some time. No cover. Night generally starts at 10 p.m. at the Poor House (110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-522-5145, or visit poorhousebar.com (yes, it also now has a website).
Sat., June 26, 10 p.m., 2010