Happy Hour: Blue Jean Blues in Fort Lauderdale

The place: Blue Jean Blues, 3320 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-306-6330.

The hours: From open until 7 p.m every day.

The deal: Two-for-one domestic beers, wells, and house wines; half-off appetizers 4 to 7 p.m.

The digs: Filling the hole left by the closing of O'Hara's on Las Olas, Blue Jean Blues brings a piece of upscale New Orleans to Fort Lauderdale.

Blues and jazz artists grace the swanky stage in front of the dance

floor every night of the week. But since that all happens after

happy hour, you after-work drinkers will have to content yourselves with

the elegant décor and Big Easy vibe. It's tucked into the shopping

plaza near Oakland Park Boulevard and the beach that's designed in the

pre-automobile style with residences upstairs and commercial spaces

downstairs. So enjoy the calm breeze on the patio or go inside and

luxuriate amid the aforementioned décor (brick walls, tin ceiling tiles,

and an assortment of finely crafted fixtures).

The verdict: A good deal whether you're here pregaming,

waiting for the music, or just having a pleasant lunch or early dinner.

Blue Jean manages to be both a sophisticated and casual place to unwind.

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