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Best New Bar in Broward County Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2010 - The Monterey Club

The Monterey Club

The Monterey Club

2608 S. Federal Highway

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


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Not much lingers on that South Federal Highway route to Fort Lauderdale Airport, but near State Road 84 — right next to the skating rink — lies the Monterey Club. It's a joint built for folks who choose a night's location based on music. The bar stands out as a small music venue — it books both killer national and local acts and has a fully functioning sound system. Outside, hot rods fill the street (the owner has a 1950 Mercury Monterey), and inside, it's rockabilly retro. Cushy couches line the walls, and animal-print rugs decorate the floors. It's hard to get stuck on the absence of hard liquor (it adjoins a tattoo shop, so this might be a good thing), because they serve about 35 beers, including Dogfish Head, Brooklyn Lager, and Flying Dog as well as ciders and wine. Some nights, South Florida's best DJs spin; other nights, there's karaoke, burlesque, or swing dance. Now, along the barren terrain in the middle of South Federal Highway, there's a watering-hole oasis.
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This is a great hangout when I go. Just came back a couple of days ago from the Cadi Bombers. The Poli and Burlesque dancers were great. The inside was just comfortable. Rockabilly or Die! I plan to do a review myself on this place in a couple of weeks on my blog. Stay tuned!


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