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America's Backyard

America's Backyard

America's Backyard, it turns out, is nothing short of a huge pool party where the pool is swimming with bartenders and the deep end overflows with sparkling alcohol.
Ed & Elaine's Tiki Hut

Ed & Elaine's Tiki Hut

There's no door, no sign, no cash register — just a thatched-roof hut decorated with bric-a-brac and a couple of tables nestled right on the shore of the Intracoastal, hidden just south of the Dania Beach pier.
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Round Up

This good-ol'-boy bar is a needle in a haystack off 595 in the back of a strip mall. But don't be fooled by the suburban-sprawl exterior; this place is all Texas heart on the inside.

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  • The Ambry German & American Restaurant

    The Ambry German & American Restaurant

    3016 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33318
    954-771-7342

    http://www.ambryrestaurant.com Despite its diminutive appearance, the Ambry has a maze of tables and booths and a healthy-sized bar from which to consume the thickest, frothiest brews in town. Beer steins adorn shelves, shadow boxes contain trinkets, and numerous woodwind instruments dangle from the ceiling. The crowded bar boasts a row of topped-off steins, and soccer team flags and fake flowers decorate the little alcohol-vending alcove. Dark and packed with more tchotchkes than your grandma's apartment, the Ambry looks every bit of its 30 year pedigree. From the outside, it looks like a medieval castle with German and American flags on the ramparts. Inside, the dark, winding corridors reveal private rooms anchored by warm hearths. Up front is a bar that's covered with so much German soccer memorabilia you'd half expect to find World Cup hero Bastian Schweinsteiger chilling there with a pint of Tucher Hefeweizen in hand. Instead you'll find plenty of regulars hoisting decorative steins, eating ruby-hued prime rib specials, and noshing on supple, house-made sausages with rustic mustard sauce. A great place to drink, and good for a bite, too. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • America

    America's Backyard

    100 SW Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
    954-449-1025

    http://www.myamericasbackyard.com Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s America's Backyard, it turns out, is nothing short of a huge pool party where the pool is swimming with bartenders and the deep end overflows with sparkling alcohol. The pool, AKA the main bar, is a tiled fortress of smiles and cocktails, the centerpiece of this open-air shindig. Wednesday is ladies' night, which means women drink free after 9 p.m. Thursday is College Night, so fill up on $1 drinks and $1 drafts all night, plus $10 unlimited beer pong. That's when alcohol mixes with dance music, rendering otherwise respectable young professionals helpless and desperate to dance on the bar. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • American Social Bar & Restaurant

    American Social Bar & Restaurant

    721 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-764-7005

    http://www.americansocialbar.com American Social (or AmSo, as it’s been affectionately nicknamed) has proven itself a formidable addition to the nightlife scene for young professionals in Fort Lauderdale, especially in the heart of the tenuous Las Olas strip. By day a trendy lunch spot for the working crowd, at night this craft-beer-centric spot transforms into a full-blown bar, often so packed with good-looking 20- to 30-somethings that it’s hard to make your way back to the restrooms, let alone order a drink. Luckily, with a number of the plush booths sporting their own taps, plus a wall lined with pour-your-own stations, patrons can at least feel as if they have some options other than elbowing their way past all the buff bros and stiletto-sporting blonds crowding the bar. Live acoustic music or a DJ provide the entertainment on most nights, plus the flat-screen-lined bar playing all the best games or fights, has kept this haunt busy week after week. Reminiscent of a social club of yesteryear, with comfy and kitschy Americana-inspired décor, AmSo feels like the type of place the boys would go to see a boxing match and the ladies interested in meeting a Navy man on leave would hang out. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Art Bar

    Art Bar

    300 SW First Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-525-0044

    http://www.artbarftlauderdale.com It can sometimes seem like Art Bar has more girls in booty shorts working out on the sidewalks of Riverfront than it does patrons enjoying themselves inside the club. Although free entry and free drinks for ladies before 1 a.m. is a pretty good incentive to get both guys and girls through the door, it's a tougher sell to get them to stay there. The interior -- with two levels, draped curtains, and dark mood lighting -- has the look of a smaller-scale South Beach club, though perhaps one that's seen better, less grimy days. The main room has three full-liquor bars with scantily clad bartenders serving some of the most shoddily prepared drinks we've seen, especially the free drinks for the girls. The ratio of alcohol to sugar water is likely to cause diabetes before an actual buzz. Still, the dance floor usually fills out on weekend nights, hosting a crowd of budget-conscious young people booty-shaking to a DJ who plays a mix of Top 40s, dance, and hip-hop. A second, smaller room in the back does offer another dimension to Art Bar, and one could even imagine it being kind of cool in there -- maybe even somewhat “artsy” -- if only the place had the courage to do something slightly out of the box. A Riverfront staple through and through, Art Bar should probably stop living in the past and start catering to the more eclectic, slightly higher-brow demographic of young people that's steadily growing in Fort Lauderdale. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Atomic

    Atomic

    2232 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors, FL 33305
    954-630-3556

    http://www.myspace.com/clubboom

  • Bahia Cabana Beach Resort

    Bahia Cabana Beach Resort

    3001 Harbor Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    954-524-1555

    http://www.bahiacabanaresort.com South of the commotion at Beach Place, Bahia Cabana is an oasis of local Fort Lauderdale culture. Tucked away between docks, the Bahia Cabana resort/hotel the bar boasts strong drinks and a ceiling littered with knickknacks, such as street signs and Florida license plates. With the beach across the street, locals and tourists alike drink and eat at the bar, in the attached restaurant area, or out on the dock overlooking yachts. For those arriving via water, dock space is free for bar and restaurant patrons. Tourists, to remember you're in the tropics, order specialty drinks like the "World's Best Frozen Pina Colada" or the "Frozen Pink Lemonade," both $7. Standard domestics cost $4.50, premiums $5. The wine list is extensive and fairly cheap, with no glasses more than $7.50. Throw one back with an order of conch fritters before you walk over for a day in the sun across A1A. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • BAM Nightclub

    2829 W. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
    954-587-2500

  • Beach Bar at Tropic Cay

    Beach Bar at Tropic Cay

    529 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
    954-564-5900

    This open-air bar is what you'd expect from a sports bar on the beach: casual vibes and casual people watching a game barefoot while drinking a piña colada. At first, the bar looks tiny. But the indoor/outdoor space offers picnic benches, poolside seating, barstools, couches, and loads of standing space. The rustic wooden bar looks beaten by the salty air, and the rest of the bar is bare-bones beach-bar minimalism. Instead of high heels, you'll see flip-flops. Instead of three-piece suits, think bikinis. And instead of a DJ (though they have a jukebox), ask to see the bartender's iPod. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Big City Tavern

    Big City Tavern

    609 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-727-0307

    http://www.bigtimerestaurants.com This classy bar and restaurant is one of Las Olas' key pickup scenes. Dinner is served in over-sized, circular booths, from which the diners can eye the folks at the bar and vice versa. Big City Tavern is reminiscent of the classic, traditional taverns of New York City, Chicago, and Boston. With a dozen international brews on tap and two dozen in bottles, Big City Tavern's selection might seem short when compared to those sports bars that pride themselves on 99 bottles of beer on the wall. But as the saying goes, it's not the quantity, it's the quality. And beer snobs all over South Florida slobber over the pints of Warsteiner (Germany), Guinness Stout (Ireland), and J.W Dundee's Original Honey Brown Lager (New York). The bar turns up the power with the Grolsch 16-ounce megabeers from Holland and domestic microbrews like the Abita Turbo Dog from crawfish country, Louisiana. Best of all, the Tavern stocks four Samuel Smith imports from England, ranging from the brewery's lager to its imperial stout. You'll pay more for any one of these last few than you will for a glass of merlot, but hey, Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale has twice the bouquet of any vino out there. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Bill

    Bill's Filling Station

    2209 Wilton Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
    954-567-5978

    http://www.billsfillingstation.com It's easy to imagine the male gay bar scene to be covered in glitter with half-naked boys running around in neon and grinding to house music. Well, Bill's Filling Station is just the opposite. Low-key and laid-back, it's more of a neighborhood, no-frills kind of joint. After entering and walking through a narrow dimly lit hallway, it's revealed that the bar is a lot bigger than you would expect. There are flat-screen TVs broadcasting the latest sports events and a pool table in the back, and most of the crowd is mid-30s and up, all dressed casually. A large portion of the patrons are sipping on beers; there isn't a Tartini or pink cocktail in sight. A well-sized dance floor is opposite the brightly lit stage, and another bar is near the back. There are $5 vodka specials on Saturday night and various theme parties throughout the week. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Bimini Bay Bar

    Bimini Bay Bar

    412 SE 32 St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    954-768-0960

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bimini-Bay-Bar/158407007898?fref=ts Hidden in a dark parking lot within earshot of airplanes landing at FLL is Bimini Bay Bar -- the czar of all dive bars, the sultan of all things skanky. The underground watering hole relishes the fact that it is a bit obscure and unknown to the general public. Heck, the banner outside the building proudly reads "located somewhere in Ft. Lauderdale." This is probably because it serves more than just beer. Once patrons enter the smoke-filled, cash-only establishment, they're greeted with undergarments stapled to the ceiling and adult films playing on the television above the bar. The young lady performing fellatio in the porno is likely to look very familiar to you, and after ordering a $2.25 Miller Lite, you'll realize why. Yep, the bartender and the porn star are the same person; everyone just got an eyeful of her mouth wrapped around something similar to the neck of your beer bottle just a few moments prior. It's no wonder the risqué haunt opted not to have windows. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Bimini Boatyard

    Bimini Boatyard

    1555 SE 17th St. Causeway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
    954-525-7400

    http://www.biminiboatyard.com In 2008, Fort Lauderdale's Bimini Boatyard was sold. Chef Michael Bennet - a decorated veteran of Fort Lauderdale's Left Bank - was brought in to overhaul the menu, and the musty carpeting and worn dining room was ripped out and replaced with smooth hardwood floors and bright-blue seating. But does it matter what the dining room looks like or how many awards the chef has won? When I go to Bimini, it's not for ceviche (pre-made and terrible) or mango "coulis-grette" (watery) or however many tobacco onions you top your dishes with (they're soggy anyway). It's to sit on the docks and eat a fresh piece of grilled, Florida fish - snapper, grouper, mahi, or swordfish - which are still on the menu and still under $20 at lunch. As long as they leave that part intact, we're OK. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale

    Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale

    2432 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
    954-653-2583

    http://www.bluemartinilounge.com Part of a chain with outposts around the state and in Vegas, Blue Martini is known as a pickup joint for the middle-age set. Gold-diggers and diggees are lovingly tended to by beautiful Barbie-doll waitresses in blue corsets and flat-ironed hair. Adding to the vapid factor is the fact that this high-end martini bar with valet parking makes its home … in the Galleria shopping mall! Relatively soulless, even by South Florida standards, Blue Martini has drinks called "The Skinny Bitch" and "The Palm Beacher." But still, it packs a crowd (even when they charge a cover!); it gets loud and busy, especially on weekends. Big cigar-chomping spenders love this place (Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein was a regular) and it shows. The menu is slim but fancy (lobster tacos, anyone?) Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Boardwalk

    Boardwalk

    1721 N. Andrews Ave. Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311
    954-463-6969

    http://www.boardwalkbarxxx.com Boardwalk male dance club's four platforms feature men in skintight briefs and boots or sneakers undulating to club versions of Top 40 mixes. The dancers range from svelte boyish men who can do dead-on "Single Ladies" impersonations to beefy dudes who can hold the room's attention just by marching and flexing. Despite the sexual energy floating around, the club's vibe is that of a light-spirited Wilton Manors hangout. Drag queen MC Krystal K is a stunning female form. She hosts the night with humor and performs occasional lip-synch numbers to great applause. The stylish outside restaurant and bar, Beefcake's Grill, serves burgers, wings, chicken wraps, and other bar fare as well as saucily named frozen drinks like the Peppermint Pecker and the Screaming Orgasm for $10 a pop -- two-for-one with entrée purchase. Look out for Wednesday night's "New Meat" amateur night and occasional visits from porn stars. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Bokamper

    Bokamper's Sports Bar & Grill

    1280 S. Pine Island Road Plantation, FL 33324
    954-533-7152

    http://www.bokampers.com Dolphins vet (and Plantation resident) Kim "Kimbo" Bokamper started this neighborhood hang to indulge his sports fetish, and it shows. Fifty plasma TVs enough for ya? If you know what most places with that sort of cathodic bling are like in terms of atmosphere, you probably have a good idea what to expect from the food. A few entrees, like the blackened swordfish sandwich and Bo's burger (with a fried egg poised atop) stand out on the menu, but beers, wings, and football: That trusty trifecta is always going strong at Bokamper's. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Boondocks Grille & Draft House

    Boondocks Grille & Draft House

    27205 Overseas Highway Summerland Key, FL 33042
    305-872-4094

    http://boondocks.us.com This awesome Keys landmark opened way back in the early 90s as a tiny ice cream shack in the middle of the wilderness. Today, the property encompasses a miniature golf course, an eatery, a bar, and a live music venue. There are daily happy hours, trivia nights, and regular bookings of Elton John and Rod Stewart tribute bands. The prime location on mile marker 27 1/2 on Ramrod island in the Lower Keys makes it the perfect place to stop for some putt putt, a few beers, and a fish sandwich on the way to Key West. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Briny Irish Club

    Briny Irish Club

    280 SW Second St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-630-2856

    Like owner Mike Brennan's other Broward County pubs (Dicey Riley's and the Briny Irish Pubs at Riverfront and in Pompano Beach), Briny Irish Club's design is eclectic. From wall to wall and all across the ceiling, the entire venue is covered with guitars, surfboards, hobby planes, and photos of rock and pop stars from Jerry Garcia to Billy Corgan and Eminem. You could spend an entire night trying to break down the meaning behind this seemingly excessive ornamentation, but it's much more fun to let it fade into the background and have a drink. Besides, the long, broad, dark-wood bartop, where the drinking action happens, has its own allure. The bar's vibe crosses the unbridled energy of downtown Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee party scene with the propriety of a neighborhood pub. Live bands play on Friday nights, and a VJ plays dance music that's synchronized with all of the bar's flat-screen televisions on Saturday nights. Various drink specials, such as $2 Miller and Bud Light drafts, are on all the time. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Briny Riverfront Bar and Restaurant

    Briny Riverfront Bar and Restaurant

    305 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-376-4742

    http://www.brinyirishpubs.com Along the New River downtown, Briny Riverfront offers customers two worlds. Outside, a nautical theme dominates with canoes, buoys strung along the ceiling like Christmas lights, and tables supported by barrels allegedly holding your favorite booze: Guinness and Bailey's, among others. You can watch million-dollar yachts cruise through the neighborhood or sit watching one of the many TVs broadcasting news or sports. Move inside and suddenly the bar's heart pumps green blood instead of pirate's grog. Lots of wood and Irish knickknacks hark back to the motherland. Inside or out, Briny provides a comfortable break from the disco fever that pervades the rest of Himmarshee. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Bru's Room - All Locations

    Visit http://www.brusroom.com/locations/ for our locations page! Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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  • The Bubble

    The Bubble

    810 NE Fourth Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-562-3804

    Founded by local promoter couple-extraordinaire Garo Gallo and Yvonne Colón, IWAN space the Bubble warehouse/gallery/music venue serves as a hub for Broward County's creative base. Imagine concert-hall-quality acoustics, 3,000 square feet to boogie your ass off or wallflower around (this doesn't include the giant space outside), two stages, and loads of local art littering the walls by artists such as Lisa Parrott, Peter Giovenco, Erick Arenas, and Francesco LoCastro. (Fun fact: LoCastro also painted the rad mural that covers the front of the warehouse.) Gallo and Colón conceptualized the downtown Fort Lauderdale spot years ago as a venue where oft-underrepresented artists can display their work, indie musicians can rehearse and record, and networking and promotion will help solidify the local arts community. Their vision officially began to materialize in April 2009, when the couple purchased the space. Since then, they've been booking acts, showcasing countless artists, and renovating tirelessly. "This way, we don't have to answer to club owners with bad taste," Gallo quipped. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • C&I Studios

    C&I Studios

    541 NW 1st Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-357-3934

    http://www.c-istudios.com

  • C&I Studios

    541 NW 1st Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-357-3934

    http://www.c-istudios.com Located in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse space in Fort Lauderdale's up-and-coming FAT Village Arts District, C&I Studios is a multipurpose media company and events space with the mission of developing and cultivating an arts scene in South Florida. The massive, open space is host to a smorgasbord of events, from themed art walk parties and $1 movie nights to "Live at C&I," a free concert series showcasing the best in local music. Complete with its own recording studio, wardrobe and makeup area, cycloramic wall, lounge area, and even its own fully stocked and licensed bar, this hip and relaxed spot is for the community — everyone from local creative types to firefighters and cops can be seen hanging out at one of the events. “This is our town, and it is creative,” says founding director Josh Miller of the space. “People just didn't know where to go. Now they do.” Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Café Del Mar

    Café Del Mar

    213 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1507
    954-767-8233

    http://www.cafedelmarfl.com This see-and-be-seen eatery channels the appeal of the once-upon-a-time Fort Lauderdale strip. The place funnels energy via flamenco guitarists and pouty dancers, and one can glean a good pasta Bolognese from a somewhat staid menu. The wine list might be the best deal here: Brunellos, Amarones, and Super-Tuscans all hover around $50. On the light side, consider carpaccios; on the heavier end, try one of the mammoth frozen cocktails. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

  • Capone's

    310 SW 2nd St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
    954-524-1969

  • Capones

    Capones

    310 SW Second Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    954-524-1969

    http://www.caponesnightclub.com Capone's on Himmarshee Street in Fort Lauderdale embodies the sort of one-track-mind nightclub that either keeps you coming back for its consistency or sends you running for some place with at least a shred of personality. Things you can count on from Capone's: three-for-one drink specials nightly before 11, DJs playing a stream of Top 40s and in-your-face dance hits, and well-endowed dancers in fishnets seriously twerking on top of the bars. Things you'll see at Capone's that should probably make you question life a little: old dudes in fedoras standing on top of VIP tables throwing promotional items into the crowd, wobbling drunks leering with predatory eyes at young women, and wads of cash raining over the asses of the girls in fishnets seriously twerking on top of the bars. No, Capone's is not a strip club, but it does sink to a similarly low moral standard. Either way, it's worth stopping in once in a while along your usual bar-hopping route of downtown Fort Lauderdale; the doorman will let you pour your outside drink into a plastic cup rather than throw it out, and the go-go dancers and laser lights will entertain you for at least a few minutes. There's also usually no bathroom line, which comes in handy after a stop at Fat Cat's next door. Read more about this Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach bar or club >>

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