Rhythm & Vine
Ian Witlen

Bucking trends has worked well for Fort Lauderdale's funky new kid on the block, Rhythm & Vine. Bringing something other than the smoky dives and ear-blasting bass of established spots on Himmarshee Street or the beach, the neighborhood beer garden and cocktail bar on the corner of FATVillage is a more relaxed watering hole. Manager Bobby Velez, formerly of the infamous, high-volume Bleau Bar at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, has helped develop R&V into more than just another place to get hammered, with yoga in the garden, movie screenings on the projector inside, weekly live music "buzz sessions," and a rotation of party-starting resident DJs. R&V's eclectic programming fills a void in Fort Lauderdale's one-note nightlife scene. With its edgy, laid-back space, killer cocktails, and visiting food trucks slinging grub, it's the perfect spot to party from day to night. "Broward County and Palm Beach were screaming for a place like this," says Velez.

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