Village Well

1023 SE 17th St. Causeway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-2531

Hidden behind Waxy O'Connor's off 17th Street on Cordova, the nautical-themed Village Well caters to all. You're as likely to run into the weathered village drunk — happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily! — and young adults watching sports to the snazzy Frank Sinatra wannabes who monopolize the karaoke mic singing tune after tune from Old Blue Eyes. Sundays boast a great unintimidating karaoke crowd. But if you don't feel comfortable flexing your pipes, the eight-hour happy hour should provide the kick or courage you need to bare your soul when singing "Sweet Caroline." The drink specials responsible for crushing your anxiety include $2.50 domestic drafts and well cocktails. Erica K. Landau

O'Brien's may be Irish, but it's known for Pabst tallboys.
Michael McElroy
O'Brien's may be Irish, but it's known for Pabst tallboys.
At Mai-Kai, they put the drinks on a pedestal. And in a barrel.
Michael McElroy
At Mai-Kai, they put the drinks on a pedestal. And in a barrel.

Shooter's Waterfront Café USA

3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-566-2855,

Shooter's reeks of Fort Lauderdale "charm." Here, spring-break depravity was conceived, the wet T-shirt contest was born, and some of the bartenders have been serving frozen concoctions since before you were born, kiddo. So you ought to, at least, respect the tried-and-true Shooter's happy hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Swig down stiff two-for-one drinks (any drink conceivable qualifies, Shooter's boasts) and enjoy 30 percent off any appetizer on the menu. As you work yourself into a drunken (but affordable) stupor, don't forget to enjoy the scenic waterfront view, potential sea-life sightings, and scores of sexy tourists — maybe one of 'em will even be so inclined to drive you home tonight. tara nieuwesteeg

Coco Asian Bistro

1841 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-3541,

Coco Asian Bistro serves Asian-fusion cuisine in a relaxing modern environment. The happy-hour prices will also help you breathe easy. Coco serves two-for-one Svedka vodka and Gordon gin martinis at its happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday as well as half-priced appetizers that can satisfy sushi cravings without putting you in the red. Find the likes of yellowtail tuna rolls ($4.50), volcano rolls ($6.50), and various sushi and sashimi pieces ($1.50) on the discounted menu. Also, Coco offers a free winetasting every Thursday evening. Courtney Hambright


2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-396-5656,

At the Truluck's daily "cocktail hour," you can sip a kir royale ($5.50) or pomegranate martini ($6) while listening to a proficient tickle of popular songs on the ivories. A menu of select half-priced cocktails, martinis, and appetizers — such as creamy blue crab dip ($5) and duck tacos ($5) — is served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. every day of the week and 4:30 p.m. to closing on Sunday. The signature red-door martini ($6), a tribute to the spa next door, consists of Ketel One vodka, St-Germain Elderflower liqueur, muddled raspberries, a touch of lime juice, and a teaspoon of powdered sugar, and it's spectacular. Without exception, all bottles of wine are 50 percent off every Wednesday. Courtney Hambright

Landlubber's Raw Bar & Grill

1851 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation, 954-473-2884,

This Plantation sports bar is a late-night dining spot (kitchen closes at 1:40 a.m. except for Sunday) that dishes up different food specials throughout the week — crab legs, baby back ribs, and prime rib. Though its two daily happy hours come at odd times, the specials are not to be dismissed. From opening until 6 p.m. every day and from 10 p.m. until close, Landlubber's serves $2.25 well drinks, $3.10 specials on select drinks (Captain Morgan's, Jim Beam, and Bacardi), $5.95 domestic pitchers, $1.20 ten-ounce drafts, and $2.65 25-ounce drafts. Happy-hour food specials include 60-cent wings and a dozen clams for $6.95. Courtney Hambright

Round Up Country Western Club

9020 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-423-1990,

A consistent favorite for the New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach issue, Round Up Country Western Club offers locals a piece of the Deep South in Broward County. The corralled-in dance floor features country couples dancing to classic country hits and to the latest on the country music charts. Don't feel like you can dosido? The bar's drink specials should help with that. Women drink free on Wednesday and Friday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday feature all-you-can-drink draft beer for $10, and on Saturday, patrons pay $15 to drink from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Erica K. Landau

King's Head Pub

500 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach, 954-922-5722,

The absurd juxtaposition of King's Head Pub, a Tudor-style brown-and-white building, to its location on the sun-scorched highway that leads to Dania Beach might make you laugh. But the dimly lit neighborhood pub's daily happy hour (4 to 7 p.m. weekdays and 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) will wipe that smirk right off of your face. There's nothing funny about getting a pint of Strongbow cider for $3, or imported brews like Tetley's and Fuller's London Pride, for that matter. Stella, Guinness, Harp, and other cherished drafts pour for the same price. Domestic bottles cost $2.25, imports and wells $3, and house wines $4. Courtney Hambright

Whiskey Tango

1903 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-925-2555,

From America's Backyard to Exit 66, South Floridians can't get enough of casual watering holes that pay tribute to the good old U.S. of A. Whiskey Tango, which features live rock band karaoke on Thursday and live music on Friday and Saturday nights, is the newest. Plus, Tango's happy hour is long and strong, just like the democracy that's been kicking for almost 234 years. Between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. every day, all cocktails are two-for-one and domestic bottles are two for $5 and imports 2 for $6. Hitting the prime happy-hour slot, from 5 to 7 p.m., adds $5 appetizers to the discounts. Courtney Hambright

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