Eat Escargots, Watch LeBron

Plenty has been said about Mugs (2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) in reference to the space it occupies. In a previous life, it was an upscale restaurant, and the remains of that are still present visually and represented in the menu. For that, the happy result is the lighting is too attractive and the food too exotic for it to be a traditional sports bar. And, with the venue change, came a staff that’s superfriendly and a comfortable vibe, making it one of the best places to get tipsy during a game. So, when the Heat plays the Sacramento Kings today, a Tuesday, you can eat escargots ($8.95) or a legitimately good steak and frites dish ($14.95) thanks to that lingering luxe menu. But, akin to the sports-bar feel, there’s also the two-for-one happy hour (4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday) to help you pregame — or the ten types of $3 tacos available on Tuesdays. Beer is always modestly priced, especially if you get buckets: $10 domestic, $15 import, and pitchers range from $5 to $12. There’s also the Mugs Bucket, available daily: five domestics and wings for $15.95. You’re surrounded on all sides — but not obnoxiously so — by TV screens. If you’re the easily distracted type and the Three Musketeers (Bosh, Wade, and LeBron, of course) just aren’t doing it for you, Tuesday evening is also poker night, and there’s always Wii, free pool, and darts. Call 954-566-7782, or check out mugsbar.com.
Tue., Feb. 22, 2011
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