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Bimini Boatyard's Two-Day Birthday

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It's not often that a birthday party warrants appearances from mermaids, acrobats, pirates, and a Madonna impersonator, but Bimini Boatyard has called upon that strange pack of people to help celebrate 20 years in business on Friday and Saturday. The two-day extravaganza promises to draw even more crowds than usual to its breezy waterfront, starting with extended happy hours beginning at noon both days.

The revelry heats up at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a steel drum band and backyard barbecue, followed by an '80's dance party at 7 p.m. Friday and a live band on Saturday. Also on Saturday, families are invited to join in a pirate-themed party from noon to 3 p.m. with free eats for kids, a 40-foot pirate ship bounce house, and a surf machine. No word on whether the mermaids (or "Madonna") will also hit the waves.

The birthday party is meant to unveil the eye-catching renovations to Bimini's

sprawling waterfront deck and bar. The place has new owners and a new

chef (Michael Bennett took charge of the kitchen in September 2008),

and they've made more than enough changes to the menu and décor. Bimini

has kinks to work out on its new menu, but the drinks and

island-infused atmosphere are not-to-be-missed -- especially when your

choices include the rum-and-vodka-filled Bahamian Relaxer ($14) and the

45-ounce fountain of youth ($25). If you miss the party, happy hour

runs daily from 4 to 7 p.m. with half off beers, wines, and well drinks

as well as discounted appetizers.

Bimini Boatyard is located at 1555 SE 17th St. Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-7400 or visit biminiboatyard.com.

-- Jill Barton

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