Public (Intoxicated) Transit

Every day, millions of brave souls board public transportation in the form of buses, subways, and trains. This act is done mostly sober — and you find yourself typically boxed in with people who’d rather lick a rusty turnstile than be cordial. Although that type of bus loop might not lend itself to the friendliest of human exchanges, here enters the Fort Lauderdale Bus Loop. This charity-driven pub crawl gets revelers on the bus (upgrade alert — it’s actually a trolley) and takes them to restaurants and bars between Las Olas Riverfront and Beach Place, where a four- by six-inch drink card gets you free drinks and some apps. Some hot spots on the trip include YOLO, Off the Hookah lounge, and Café Del Mar. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $25 at the pickup stations; all proceeds benefit charities like Riverwalk Trust, the Covenant House, and the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation. Rides start at 6 p.m. and go until 11, and you can choose from four routes — but two prime starting points are the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) and Beach Place (17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Call 954-260-6194, or visit
Fri., April 30, 6 p.m., 2010
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Terra Sullivan