Happy Hour: The Jib Room in Fort Lauderdale

Happy Hour: The Jib Room in Fort Lauderdale
Photo by Pat Rothblatt

The place: The Jib Room, 2104 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-564-3581.

The hours: Noon to 7 p.m. every day.

The deal: All beers are 50 cents off, and all liquors and wines are 75 cents off. Normal prices range from $3.50 for domestic beers and $4 for imports and well liquors to $5 for calls and $7 for wine.

"Like" the Jib Room on Facebook and you'll receive regular status updates with "passwords" that allow you to partake in the drink or food special of the day.

(Note: They check to see if you actually "Like" them online. If not, the password won't work.) They also have regular specials on beer buckets and cocktails and notably popular theme nights outside of happy hour like Trivia Night on Wednesday, Texas Hold 'Em Thursdays, and NFL Sundays.

The digs: The Jib goes for a decidedly nautical theme, a theme that is then filtered through Jimmy Buffett's margarita. From the dock-like seating area (pylons and all) by the entrance and the tiki hut with the oceanview mural to the wall of tropical fish tanks and ceiling strewn with nautical flags, the décor screams, "Welcome to the tropics!"

The verdict: The happy hour may not be the best deal in town, but that's only because the regular prices are already so reasonable. The kitchen, from the affiliated restaurant next door, offers patrons goodies like the conch burger -- kind of like Florida's version of a fried oyster poor boy. Owners, longtime bartender Brian and attorney Debbie, who are also married, are a welcome, constant presence, taking pride in both tending bar and schmoozing with customers. Their stated mission? To be fair-priced and very, very local: Debbie, after all, is a Fort Lauderdale High alum and former teacher there and considers the Jib Room a home for the Flying L's.

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