Picking the ten best happy hour in Broward is like trying to pick your favorite sports team, pet, or child: pretty damn hard. There's the awesome martini bar you love to hit up on Friday, the sports bar where you get pitchers of beer with your buddies, and the dive bars on the water that make the work day seem like a bad memory.
Out of all the bars in Broward County, how do you narrow it down to less than a dozen? You don't. We do, and we've found a few of the best in the county, so that you don't have to. This list is based on the best deals overall — what puts the "happy" into happy hour.
No matter what, each spot serves a good drink, cheap eats, and all at a fraction of the regular price. In South Florida's second county, happy hour savings translate to some pretty awesome deals. You can drink free on name day at Bull Market, for instance, or purchase two entrees and a dessert for $25, or get $3 bar bites at Brio Tuscan Grill.
Here it is: our list of the ten best happy hours in Broward County.
2400 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-712-0580, or visit chimasteakhouse.com.
Fort Lauderdale's Chima, named after chimarrao — a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil that symbolizes hospitality and friendship —is one establishment that lives up to its name. Like the cowboy-style gauchos, you too can enjoy plenty of fresh-grilled meats with your drinks during the weekly happy hour. And late night imbibers, rejoice. Every week, Chima celebrates happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. — one hour later than most establishments. The savings range from several bite-sized appetizers (you can pick three for $12.95 including caprese skewers, beef carpacio, seafood salad cup, artichoke pesto mini puffs, cantaloupe and prosciutto balls, or smoked salmon and endives) to larger appetizer-style plates. While you're at it, order a cocktail or two: all specialty drinks are half-priced.
9. YOLO and O Lounge
333 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-1000, or visit yolorestaurant.com.
You only live once — and while you're living it up, you can eat and drink at happy hour as many times as you can handle it. At YOLO in Fort Lauderdale, the weekly happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring buy-one-get-one free drinks at the bar, outdoor patio, and O Lounge. If you're hungry, sample the entire appetizer menu for half-price. Happen by YOLO on a Tuesday, and you'll find it's also "Tini" time, offered each week in conjunction with happy hour, featuring $5 Double Cross vodka cocktails and martinis from 4 p.m. 10 p.m. On Wednesday, it's Ladies Night, and women can get half-off appetizers at the YOLO bar or fire pit, and drink free from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at YOLO and O Lounge.
8. RA Sushi
201 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines. Call 954-342-5454, or visit rasushi.com.
Lively music, a vibrant crowd, inventive cocktails, and the best sushi this side of Japan. What more could you ask for? A good happy hour to enjoy it all, that's what. You know when you’re at RA because there’s no other place like it. At this Pembroke Pines restaurant order up some of the best sushi in town, including their signature rolls or Japanese-inspired cuisine, during a happy hour that makes every day an official party in the RA. Six days a week, patrons can find some incredible food and drink specials. Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., offerings include select sushi and sashimi, priced from $3.29 to $8.99; $3.75 hot sake, $4 well drinks and Sapporo, $5.75 cocktails, and $6.75 for wine. If getting a bite to eat is more of what you're after, enjoy specials on select sushi, tapas, and appetizers like the RA'kin shrimp, pineapple cheese wontons, spicy shishito peppers, calamari tempura, and more. Then, from 10 p.m. to close, the same specials happen all over again.
7. Tarpon Bend
200 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-3233, or visit tarponbend.com.
Everyone loves a 2-4-1 happy hour deal. And that means everyone loves Tarpon Bend in Fort Lauderdale, which hosts its 2-4-1 drinks Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tarpon also features $5 cheeseburgers after 5 p.m. every Monday; $12 pitcher Tuesdays with giant jugs of Hurricane, Mai Tai, sangria, and strawberry margarita pitchers after 4 p.m., plus the ever-popular "$2 Crafts , Drafts and Sliders" deal. And, although it's not quite happy hour for everyone, come Ladies Night on Thursday the girls get half-off appetizers and free drinks after 8 p.m.
6. Southport Raw Bar
1536 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-2526, or visit www.southportrawbar.com.
Eat fish, you'll live longer. Eat oysters, you'll love longer. Eat clams, and you'll last longer. That's the slogan at the Southport Raw Bar in Fort Lauderdale, at least. And if you want to do all three, you can do it on the cheap during happy hour. The restaurant offers round one happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring food and drink specials complete with a water view. The raw bar happy hour is great for seafood lovers, with specials on clams on ice, Old Bay boiled shrimp, raw oysters, and spicy chicken wings. The drink specials are there, too. Get $8 domestic draught pitchers, and half-priced wine. Come late-night, the happy hour fires up again Saturday through Thursday, this time from 11 p.m. to close.
5. Grille 401
401 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-767-0222, or visit www.grille401.com.
When you want a hopping happy hour, there's possibly no better place to go than Grille 401 on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Here, happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring buy-one-get-one-free cocktails and half-priced appetizers at the bar (that includes everything from the honey BBQ drumettes, to the grilled artichokes). On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the restaurant offers live music on the expansive patio, where the outdoor-indoor bar makes for awesome people watching and a great spot to enjoy the best of the sunny South Florida weather. The best part: Grille 401’s craft cocktail offerings just expanded with the addition of three new drinks featuring innovative ingredients, all of which are available during happy hour. Take the Starry Night, crafted with Kappa Pisco liquor, fresh-squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and cherries. Or try the Blood Orange, hand-crafted with New Amsterdam gin, blood orange purée, and prosecco. And to round off the variety Grille 401’s cocktail menu presents, the Heat Wave gives guests a spicy flavor made with Absolut vodka, Casamigos blanco tequila, and jalapeño-cilantro purée.
4. ROC Resto-Lounge
9225 W. Atlantic Boulevard, Coral Springs. Call 954-755-8383, or visit rocrestolounge.com.
ROC Resto-Lounge isn't just a bar, restaurant, nightclub, or lounge. It's all of them, and more. At SIP, ROC's official bar, the establishment presents its own twist on the conventional cocktail lounge. Here, mixologists create a number of specialty cocktails during happy hour — what they refer to as the ROC'n Time Zone — where you get half-price drink and food specials from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Enjoy the restaurant's signature ROC Candy for $6, a combination of Three Olives berry vodka, Xrated Fusion liqueur, and cranberry juice over cotton candy at the outdoor patio, or inside at the sexy, blue-lit bar. If you're desiring a little more entertainment, the restaurant's premium pass members are able to play a guessing game at SIP lounge. If you're right, the first drink is free. Still not satisfied? Try the Sunset Special during happy hour, available every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., when you can get two entrees and a dessert for $25.
3. Frankey's Sports Bar
900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach. Call 954-464-2333, or visit frankeysbar.com.
Located in The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Frankey’s is a new breed of sports bar — a classy and modern take on the traditional experience featuring all the local live and daily sports action. Basically, there’s no better place to catch the game, and win big with the establishments never-ending drink and happy hour specials. At Frankey's, happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring half-priced liquor including Skyy vodka, Dewar's, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Bombay; half-priced house wines by the glass; half-priced domestic beer bottles like Corona and Heineken; and $5 draught beers (everything but Chimay). Heading out for some action on the weekend, you'll still get a deal. Drink specials on Saturday and Sunday go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include $7 mimosas, bloody marys, or a glass of prosecco (soon to be on tap) or sparkling rose wine. Then, come late-night, the same deals apply during the bar's reverse happy hour, served up every day from 11 p.m. to close. Last, but certainly not least, Frankey's offers a list of all-day-everyday drink specials, including $6 singles and $8 doubles (with Fireball whiskey, Skyy vodka or El Toro tequila).
2. Brio Tuscan Grille
499 South University Drive, Plantation. Call 954-370-0491, or visit brioitalian.com.
It might be a multi-location chain, but that doesn't stop us from naming Brio Tuscan Grille one of the top three happy hour spots in the area. The deals on food and drink are offered at the bar at each of the restaurant's three Broward County locations, including one in Pembroke Pines and Hallandale Beach. The menu extends Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (and again from 9 p.m. to close). For $3.95, guests can order up beef carpaccio, tomato Margherita flatbread, and the new crispy eggplant fries. For a dollar more, priced at $4.95, is the tomato mozzarella salad, sausage, pepperoni and ricotta flatbread, and BRIO burger. For $5.95, guests can indulge in full portion appetizer plates, including black pepper shrimp, crispy cheese ravioli, and a roasted garlic, spinach and artichoke dip. If all that leaves you feeling thirst, there are 13 beverage options available at a reduced price, including Italian lemonade and sangria, or Peroni beer for $4. The black raspberry Cosmo, vodka martini, and four Porta Palo wine selections go for $5; and the key lime mojito, mango mojito, classic Manhattan, and Italian margarita are priced right at $6.
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1. Bull Market
210 A SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-1213, or visit facebook.com/bullmarketfl.
Bull Market owner John Todora says he designed the restaurant's happy hour to be one of the best in South Florida. That means 2-4-1 on pretty much everything behind the bar, available Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hungry? Bull Market also offers $4 and $5 appetizers featuring tacos and slider plates. The best part, however, is the grilled cheese shots available only during happy hour: a grilled cheese made with four cheeses, sliced up and served in a shot glass filled with tomato basil soup. And, for one lucky patron, the whole happy hour could even be free when "name day" goes down, daily. If your name is on the board, you drink free during happy hour.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole, or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.