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The Ten Best Happy Hours in Fort Lauderdale

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6. Louie Bossi's Ristorante Bar Pizzeria. Come happy hour, Louie Bossi’s is the place to be. The restaurant is packed to the hilt nearly every night of the week, but it’s the bar and lounge area that really gets jumping. It probably has something to do with $2 off specialty cocktails. More specials abound on different days of the week, with half-priced martinis Monday and $1.50 meatball sliders from 4 p.m. to close. Then, on Wednesday, get half-priced bottles of wine under $99 with the purchase of an entrée. Bonus points for the half-priced happy-hour pizzas, a secret that those in the know aren’t too quick to share. Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. daily at the bar only. 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-356-6699; louiebossi.com.
7. Lulu's Bait Shack. If you’re looking to drink on the cheap after a day at the beach, Lulu’s Beach Shack at Beach Place is your spot. This fun and festive upstairs tavern on the city’s oceanfront strip offers a great happy hour with a prime view. You can order Creole/Cajun bar food plus fishbowl-sized cocktails any time of day, but the deals come into focus five days a week with $2 domestic drafts, $2 house wine, $2.50 well cocktails, $3 house margaritas, and $1 off all bottled beer. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 17 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-7425; lulusbaitshack.com.
8. SuViche. Happy-hour options abound on Las Olas Boulevard, but none is quite as bustling as SuViche’s, when the restaurant’s indoor/outdoor Peruvian pisco bar transforms into a raging after-work gathering spot. Order two-for-one drinks such as homemade macerados (fresh berries, herbs, and spices infused into pisco), chilcanos (macerados mixed with ginger ale and bitters), and cocktails like the chicha maracuya (purple corn macerado mixed with passionfruit juice and Peruvian chicha morada). On Tuesdays, you can also order buy-one-get-one half-priced sushi rolls all day. And don’t leave without a shot or two of drunken gummies: a shot glass full of pisco-soaked gummy bears. Happy hour runs from 3 to 7 p.m. daily. 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-656-3663; suviche.com.
9. Grille 401. Boasting two bars, Grille 401 kicks off every night with a jam-packed happy hour. It gets especially busy on the 800-square-foot outdoor deck, one of the best spots on the strip to enjoy the South Florida sun. You can get half-priced cocktails such the cucumbertini, the passionfruit margarita, and the Laverne & Shirley (the bar’s take on a Dirty Shirley, made with Grey Goose vodka, Sprite, and grenadine and garnished with filthy cherries). There’s also a large selection of bar bites priced from $6 to $8, including wood-fire grilled artichokes, Kobe beef sliders, and Buffalo shrimp. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-767-0222; grille401.com.
10. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille. Whenever fresh seafood is involved, the dinner tab is usually high. Not so during happy hour at Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, where you can get 50 percent off cocktails, beer, and wine — as well as select oysters — five days a week. While that may seem good enough already, Thursday is the best day to visit Wild Sea. That's when the bar offers half-priced drinks and oysters from 5 p.m. all the way to close, while standard happy hour takes place from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-467-2555; wildsealasolas.com.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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