Bru's Room

5460 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek, 954-571-6999,

This sports-bar behemoth located one block east of 441 on Hillsboro Boulevard has something for every suburbanite. Even the kiddies will delight in its well-equipped game room complete with trinket arcade games — providing an excellent distraction for those parents wanting to sneak a couple of stiff ones in after a hard day at the office. This confluence of Parkland well-to-dos with ne'er-do-wells offers an extended happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with half-off domestic drafts, wells, and house wines. If it's a Thursday, stay until 9 p.m. for ladies' night on the outside patio. With the gals drinking free booze until midnight, DJs pumping dance tunes, lights blazing, and a fog machine smoldering, this is as wild as the suburbs get. Alex Rendon

The big "cocktails" sign helps guide you at Max's.
Michael McElroy
The big "cocktails" sign helps guide you at Max's.


1103 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-785-0226,

Galuppi's, the indoor/outdoor restaurant and lounge at the public Pompano Beach Golf Course, has been a gathering place for area locals since it opened in 2005. Golf-course proximity, a reasonably priced Sunday brunch, and 50-inch-plus plasma screens showing sports bring families and sports fans. But it's the weeknight two-for-one happy-hour specials on all cocktails, house wines, and an impressive range of draft beers from 4 to 7 p.m. that sweeten the deal for bar hoppers, who can drink on the cheap as they watch the sun set over the golf course. Courtney Hambright

Briny Irish Pub

3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-942-3159

Just off A1A on Atlantic Boulevard, Briny Irish Pub brings Ireland to the beach. A variety of people populates the small space, including tourists, but mostly locals gather between these nautical-themed walls, especially during happy hour from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specials include $2 domestic drafts, $2 and $3 well drinks, and $3 Chardonnay and Merlot. Erica K. Landau

Kalahari Bar

4446 NE 20th Ave., Oakland Park, 954-351-9371,

The Kalahari may be a desert in southern Africa, but here in Fort Lauderdale, it's a watering hole that nurtures the vibes of the mother continent for us locals and South African expats. Scan the room and you'll see that you're mingling among South African knickknacks including zebra skins. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Specials include five-for-$10 domestics. On Sunday, enjoy two-for-one Van Gogh Vodka drinks and free pool. If you can't bring yourself to grab a Budweiser or Van Gogh cocktail to watch that rugby game and you want something that captures the spirit of the place, we suggest throwing back some Castle Lagers. Erica K. Landau

Tequila Sunrise

4711 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, 954-938-4473,

When a restaurant and bar's happy-hour motto is "It costs you more to go straight home," it grabs our attention. When that place is a bright oasis of cheap drinks in an otherwise dreary row of strip malls in Oakland Park, it gets us on the bullhorn. The festive, colorful two-room Tequila Sunrise restaurant and bar draws a large crowd of locals with its dirt-cheap happy-hour prices. From 3 to 7 p.m. every day, cocktails and house margaritas are $2.99, and jumbo 46-ounce margaritas cost $7.99 — both are made from fresh juices. Dos Equis and Miller Lite drafts and house wines cost $1.99. Courtney Hambright

Rosie's Bar and Grill

2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-567-1320,

Screw Disney: Rosie's is the happiest place on Earth. The restaurant/gay bar is a miasma of bright lights, flashy music vids, dazzling décor, blasting pop music, and friendly locals. Not to mention the cheery paper-lantern-covered patio. Now add a boatload of half-price drinks in the mix and Rosie's ascends from the happiest place in the world to complete and utter heaven. Happy hour spans a healthy eight hours, allowing you to wake up with Rosie's beloved bloody marys at 11 a.m. and wind down with half-off beers, wines, and premium well drinks until 7 p.m. Join the lovely, curvaceous Danielle (the waitress on whom "Rosie" is based) and a score of upbeat bartenders every week, Monday through Friday, and watch the Patrón fly off the shelves. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that the food on Rosie's menu kicks absolute ass. Tara Nieuwesteeg

Georgie's Alibi

2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-565-2526,

We've got to give it up for Georgie's Alibi. The popular restaurant and video bar in the heart of Wilton Manor's gay nightlife district seems intent on defying all happy-hour commandments. Thou shalt not serve premium liquor, for example, doesn't hold here. Without exception, all drinks are two-for-one. Thou shalt return to full price by 7 p.m., they dismiss. Monday through Friday, this very generous happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Georgie's has been a hot spot since it opened in 1997, and now we know why no one ever wants to leave. Courtney Hambright

Bill's Filling Station

2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-567-5978,

Walking into Bill's is just like visiting your local mechanic's shop — if your mechanic happens to be a kick-ass bartender who doles up stiff drinks to a huge underground garage full of burly bearded bears. Instead of cars, there's several huge rooms full of red leather and chrome, stacked tires, pool tables, a Wii, and — that Wilton Manors staple — plenty of places to shake your sexy ass. Bill's long-lasting 2 to 9 p.m. happy hour doubles your pleasure with two for ones, and that includes all drinks in the house — meaning everything and anything your liquor-lusting mind can concoct. Special: Anytime a train passes by and drowns out your witty barroom banter, Bill's offers $1 shots. If every garage were like this, you'd love it when your car breaks down. Tara Nieuwesteeg

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