Stocks at record highs right now and it looks like we're about to enter the greatest bull market in the last 85 years.
That's great for those who are playing: bad for anyone who wants to get in.
For those looking to try their hand at the ticker, Bull Market in Downtown Fort Lauderdale may be your answer. (Although, aside from getting drunk, there's no way to win.)
The bar offers beers priced according to supply and demand and creative share plates.
We arrived around 5:30 p.m. for an early dinner recently. Although the bar was empty at first, by the time we left it was buzzing with a busy happy hour crowd surrounding the bar.
With many remnants leftover from the Dubliner decor, the side bar still has a similar vibe: dark wood walls, vintage light fixtures, secluded booths and tables to the side.
So far, it's the only side open for business; the restaurant side, which is to become an Asian-inspired gastro pub, and the second floor bar (the soon-to-be Jack Daniel's Whiskey bar) are still undergoing renovation.
With a newspaper-like aesthetic, the menu features a wide range of small plates intended for sharing. Items are all over the board, but many incorporate New American flavors and ideas.
The Captain Crunch chicken fingers ($7) are one. Strips of chicken breast are coated in the peanut butter cereal, deep fried, and served with a house-made honey mustard.
Dr. Pepper pulled pork sliders ($12) are another example. The soda is used in a spicy maple barbecue sauce. It's combined with crunchy potato crisps and pork between an onion bun.
Same goes for the Angry Orchard sloppy joes ($11). Angus beef is flavored with a hint of cider, which is topped with fried shallots, and served on a dinner roll.
An entire section is dedicated to tacos filled with creative proteins and ingredients. Available on soft flour or hard corn tortillas options range from Korean short rib ($11) and grilled pork belly to alligator ($13) and ratatouille ($11). The latter is a vegetarian combination of eggplant, zucchini, squash, basil, stewed tomatoes, and feta cheese.
Although the menu slants toward gluttonous bar bites intended to soak up the booze, some healthier options exist.
Many of the selections are clearly marked gluten-free and several vegetarian options are present, like the red quinoa salad ($11), buy low nachos ($8), and the sell high caesar ($9).
While the restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, the real draw here is the bar. To offer guests a chance to try craft brews they may not want to commit to for a $7 pint, Bull Market offers a ticker that adjust beer prices (and certain liquors, depending on the day), based on supply and demand. When a beer isn't being ordered, the price drops. Every seven minutes, the prices readjust; if more people order one specific beer it rises.
It could work against, but it's really about offering deals -- if you don't like the cost, order something else.
The bar officially opened for business a few weeks ago; however, it's hosting its grand opening party tonight. There's a chance to win a $250 gift card. The party starts at 7 p.m.
Bull Market is located at 210 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale.
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