Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Boo Rileys in Fort Lauderdale

The place: Boo Rileys, 2528 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-1212.

The hours: 4 to 8 p.m. every day.

The deal: $1 off domestic beers (bottle and draft), house wines, and wells.

The digs: This flat-roofed building with the large A-frame on top (the better to hold the Hurricanes and Steelers mural) seems to

change names on a regular basis (River Rock Café, Durty Nellie's,

Shuck's, Darryl's, et al.). For now, it's settled on Boo Rileys. The

décor has changed slightly, but the setting hasn't. You still have the

option of sitting at the large central bar, a table in the side room,

out front on the covered patio facing North Federal Highway, or out back on the dock

facing Middle River. Flat screens are located everywhere but the dock,

which has its own flat screen of sorts.

The verdict: For a space that's always changing names and

owners, it somehow manages, with each iteration, to provide a relaxed and

intimate vibe. The place must have a good kitchen, because the food is

always well-prepared no matter who's running it, whether they're going

for straight bar food or something more. It's a true neighborhood bar in

that sense. You wouldn't drive out of your way to go here, but it's

good if you live in the area and want someplace laid-back to meet up

with friends, grab a drink, and possibly eat some food. It just might

have a different name the next time you all meet up.

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