Ten Best Happy Hours in Fort Lauderdale
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Happy hour is called "happy" for a reason; it's probably going to be the happiest part of your day, should you choose to partake.
In South Florida, we have no dearth of happy hours to keep us floating through the week. Especially in Fort Lauderdale, where you can find dozens of restaurants from the beach strip to Las Olas and Himmarshee Boulevard offering deals aplenty.
To sort through them all took some heavy drinking (and munching), but it was worth it. From half-priced oysters and cocktails to four-for-one drink specials and happy hours that start at 11 a.m., there's a little bit of something for everyone.
So here you go: the ten best happy hours for noshing, imbibing, and countless other "happy hour" offerings in Fort Liquordale.
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10. Lulu's Bait Shack
17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 561-463-7425, or visit lulusbaitshack.com.
If you’re looking to drink on the cheap after a day at the beach, Lulu’s Beach Shack at Beach Place is your spot. This fun and festive upstairs tavern on the city’s oceanfront strip offers a great happy hour with a prime view. You can order Creole/Cajun bar food plus fishbowl-sized cocktails any time of day, but the deals come into focus five days a week with $2 domestic drafts, $2 house wine, $2.50 well cocktails, $3 house margaritas, and $1 off all bottled beer. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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9. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-2555, or visit WildSeaLasOlas.com.
Whenever fresh seafood is involved, the dinner tab is usually high. Not so during happy hour at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, where you can get 50 percent off cocktails, beer, and wine — as well as select oysters — five days a week. The best day to go, however, is Thursday, when the bar offers half-priced drinks and oysters all night long. Standard happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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8. Tap 42
1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4900, or visit tap42.com.
Since Tap 42 opened in 2012, it’s been one of the best bars for bellying up to order craft brews and creative craft cocktails. Aside from its ever-changing selection of microbrews, Tap 42 offers affordable deals on bar food and unusual libations during its weekday happy hour. Get $3 off all drinks (yes, all drinks, including signature cocktails, bourbon, and shots). And Wednesday is ladies’ night from 7 to 9 p.m., when women can order free drinks off a select menu that changes weekly. Monday just might be the best happy-hour-deal day of all, when the restaurant offers its eight-ounce Prohibition burger for $5 from 4 to 11 p.m. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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7. 5 O'Clock Charlies
425 S. Fort Lauderdale Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-533-4480.
There’s happy hour, and then there are happy hours. That’s the way they like it at 5 O’Clock Charlies in Fort Lauderdale. This beachside dive bar offers plenty of deals every day (and pretty much all day long). You can throw back two-for-one well drinks and shots and get a $1 off premium cocktails and craft and bottled beers (the bar offers 22 taps). There’s also a full menu of half-priced appetizers, including Buffalo chicken dip, Gouda and cheddar quesadillas, fried calamari, and a fried shrimp basket. Happy hour is offered twice daily, from 3 to 8 p.m. and again from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
6. Grille 401
401 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-767-0222, or visit grille401.com.
Boasting two bars, Grille 401 kicks off every night with a jam-packed happy hour. It gets especially busy on the 800-square-foot outdoor deck, one of the best spots on the strip to enjoy the South Florida sun. You can get half-priced cocktails such the cucumbertini, the passionfruit margarita, and the Laverne & Shirley (the bar’s take on a Dirty Shirley, made with Grey Goose vodka, Sprite, and grenadine and garnished with filthy cherries). There’s also a large selection of bar bites priced from $6 to $8, including wood-fire grilled artichokes, Kobe beef sliders, and Buffalo shrimp. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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