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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 dÃ©cor. 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
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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