To say Brew Urban Cafe is a nice spot to grab a cup of coffee is an understatement. Brew is a cultural institution in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where properly trained baristas serve delicately steamed milk to infuse with pulled shots of Intelligensia espresso. It's a hub where denizens and tourists alike gather, connect, and actually engage in meaningful conversations, oftentimes leading to lifelong friendships. I would know, as I worked there from 2007 to 2010.
"How did you two meet?" friends would ask. "Oh, we met at the Brew last month. We're soulmates."
The indie coffee company has two locations, one in Victoria Park and the other in Himmarshee, Fort Lauderdale's nightlife district. As the Himmarshee district continues to transform from indie enclave to a playground where bedazzled bros run rampant, many locals have moved on to find new places to frequent. Unfortunately, this loss in popularity to a once-thriving neighborhood is bad for coffee-shop business, and thus, sadly, Brew Urban Cafe's Himmarshee location is shuttering its doors today at 8 p.m.