The Office
Ian Witlen

This Delray Beach gastropub is all about indulgence but, most pointedly, bacon. A glance down the menu reveals bacon in salad, bacon smothering macaroni and cheese, bacon on burgers, and bacon finishing off a tray of souped-up tater tots. If you count the various forms of pork and ham employed by the kitchen, then there are also Serrano-wrapped scallops, Spanish toast with tomatoes and ham, and a retooling of pork and beans where the pork is, in fact, pork belly (read: bacon). And lest you think the bacon bus stops there, for dessert, you can order perhaps the restaurant's greatest triumph: a maple-glazed doughnut topped with — what else? — bacon. It's all consumed in a rollicking 1950s atmosphere that's a cross between a Madison Avenue office building and a Dick Van Dyke-era home study. Cocktails are picture-perfect and delivered by a bow-tied staff, and craft beer flows liberally from the bar.

Named Best Of Live Band by in 2010, Community Property has gone undefeated in every South Florida battle of the band in which it's participated. Proud to be "Sunrise boys," Community Property has been rocking in Broward for six years now. The band's frontman, Lucien Sawyer, writes all the lyrics, and the band comes up with melodies. In addition to Jimi Hendrix comparisons, Community Property brings together a wealth of dirty blues and soul that will run you as ragged as any Black Keys guitar romp. Keep your ears peeled; the band will be dropping a self-titled album this summer.

From his Facebook fan page comes this bio: "Growing up in the Wax Trax era of Chicago music and moving to South Florida in my Teenage years gave me an eclectic taste. Always working in the background promoting and working with artists, I started DJ'ing on a dare and hit the ground running." He sure did, and you can find LinderSMASH at Fort Lauderdale's Green Room on Thursdays through Saturdays and on rotation at the Fetish Factory.

With current-day experimental electronic music so often divided along trendy blog lines, it's refreshing to hear a local act resurrect a term you don't hear too much on Hype Machine and the like — trip-hop. But the local three-piece Astrea Corporation does, indeed, pick up a strain of boom-bap beats and wrap it in all kinds of lush but electronic beats. It updates that '90s sound, though, with contemporary left-field flourishes, from looping, echoing vocals to the occasional warped bass line and drum 'n' bass inflection. On some tracks, like the meandering, almost yodelly "Artifact A," they even get positively New Agey.

Cheers Food and Spirits

In Fort Lauderdale, bars come and go quicker than the tide rolls in, but every now and then, one opens and decades later new generations of locals are filling up the barstools, just like here at Cheers. From neon signs to pool tables and sports memorabilia, the drinking hole has all the quintessential trimmings, but it's the patrons who give it real character. On weekends, the stage is filled with an array of bands, but during the week, patrons can take their shot on the stage at open-mic night or karaoke.

Off the Hookah

Off the Hookah is Las Olas Riverfront's dance club, hookah lounge, and waterfront dining wrapped up in one sexy, Egyptian-themed venue. Vegas-style flair bartenders serve the drinks, belly dancers arouse the onlookers, and the Mediterranean and sushi menu tantalizes the taste buds. There are cabana beds throughout the venue; thus, you can ask someone to go to bed without having to go home. Or ask a cutie to munch on the Mediterranean platter and share a banana/honey-flavored hookah (not hooker, wiseguy!). Also, there are drink specials during happy hour, ladies' night, and college night to keep the party going.

Georgie's Alibi
Ian Witlen

Abuzz with playful conversation and flickering laughter, Georgie's Alibi is the lighthearted hub of gay life in Wilton Manors. The spacious bar is a red-lighted lounge during its long and generous happy hour. When the light melts away, the music swells and ballad-bellowing divas flood the television-covered walls in a torrent of danceable beats.

A favorite among everyone from frat boys to business types, Scarlett's caters to the horny masses from all over South Florida. Coming in at an expansive 23,000 square feet, the strip club houses four stages, three bars, five themed VIP rooms , and 20 private dance rooms. Whether you're on a tight budget or have plenty of cash to throw around, there's a little something for everyone. Open until 6 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends, Scarlett's is the go-to spot for late-night debauchery.

Whiskey Tango All American Bar and Grill

Whiskey Tango is a common term in military circles to describe white trash, and the owners of the all-American bar and grill bearing the same name revel in that fact. Advertised as redneck cool, trailer-park fabulous, and white-trash chic, WT is clearly aiming for a clientele more concerned about good food and drink than paying attention to the labels on their clothing. Two pool tables, an electronic-touch poker table, a boxing machine, steel-tipped darts, a basketball hoop, and more than a dozen high-definition televisions prove WT is the sports mecca of downtown Hollywood.

Brown, a North Carolina native who lives in Fort Lauderdale, is a visual artist concentrating in installation and sculpture. Trained at the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown is a regular in the South Florida art scene, building sets for the Rising Action Theatre, operating the 18 Rabbit Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, and serving as vice president of the FAT Village Artists Association. Sure, she does her own sculpture and installation artwork, but it's her dedication to helping build the scene that likely brought in the votes.

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