Bar-hopping. College kids do it. Bachelorette parties do it. Even snowbirds have been known to do it. And after a long, stressful workweek, you should too.
So, here's a challenge for you: People with enough energy can put their money where their mouth is by attempting to make the rounds at the Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach's sprawling open-air retail, dining, and entertainment center featuring more than a dozen bars and restaurants.
This year, the park — found just outside the city's Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino — is celebrating its five-year anniversary, and that means plenty of happy hours are available (some seven days a week) at many of the park's restaurants, outdoor cafes, nightclubs, sports bars, and even the new state-of-the-art bowling alley.
"Over the past five years, the Village at Gulfstream Park has not only become a premier destination for home design in South Florida but it’s also one of the most popular entertainment venues for both locals and tourists alike," said Corin Angel, marketing manager for the Village at Gulfstream Park. "And that includes happy hour."
In addition to Gulfstream Park’s thoroughbred horseracing and casino, adults can wet their whistles at more than a dozen happy hours, some starting as early as 3 p.m. The late-night crowd can dance the night away at Martini Bar’s free bachata class every Wednesday or let loose at Club Fate until the wee hours of the morning. Sports fans can watch their favorite teams on any of the 38 TV screens at Frankey’s Sports Bar or enjoy one of the largest selections of draft beer in the world at Yard House. Of course, even the gamblers can get in on the action during the day, with race packages available at Ten Palms restaurant, where you can also enjoy a daily happy hour (all day) from a seat overlooking the racetrack with $2 drafts and $2 glasses of wine.
Here, a listing of some of the best happy hours at you can find all in one place:
Adena Grill & Wine Bar
Adena houses more than 7,000 bottles of wine in its wine cellar, offering guests a multitude of flavors. Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. (at the bar) with half-priced drinks and bar menu items under $10. Visit adenagrill.com.
Brio Tuscan Grille
Brio's small plates offerings and seasonally-inspired drinks make for one of the best happy hours in South Florida. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close (at the bar). You'll find $5 Martini Wednesdays; $5 Wine Thursdays; and Monday through Friday order off a special bar menu that includes beef carpaccio ($3.95), burgers ($4.95), black pepper shrimp ($5.95), and crispy eggplant fries ($3.95). Visit brioitalian.com.
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
As Paladar's name indicates, the restaurant has a wide selection of flavored and spiced, white, gold, dark, and aged rums. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m., and late-night Sunday through Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. That includes $5 mojitos, margaritas, and sangria — as well as $2 off specially cocktails, wine by the glass, and all beer. For food, bar bites include dishes like fresh-made guacamole, tacos, ceviche, and empanadas priced $3.95 to $7.95. Visit paladarlatinkitchen.com.
Cantina Laredo is an ideal location for just about any type of meeting — a business lunch, night on the town, or even a private party. However, the real draw is the happy hours that goes down Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., and again from 9 p.m. to close (at the bar); as well as Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (at the bar). Order domestic beers for $2, Casita Rita margaritas and imported beers for $3, or well drinks and house wine for $4. You can also get half-priced bar bites and tacos. Visit cantinalaredo.com.
Frankey’s Sports Bar
Frankey’s Sports Bar is located right next to all the wagering action of Gulfstream Park, offering one of the best sports bar experiences around. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. daily (and again from 10 p.m. to close). That means half-priced liquor including Stoli, Grey Goose, Ketel One, Tito’s, Jose Cuervo silver, Jose Cuervo gold, Tanqueray, Jim Bean, Dewar’s, Johnnie Walker Black, Jack Daniels, Bombay, and Bacardi. Or order a (house) martini or (house) margarita. There's also half-priced wines by the glass, domestic beer bottles, and drafts. On the weekends, enjoy $7 mimosas, bloody marys, prosecco, or a glass of sparkling rosé all day until 4 p.m. If that's still not enough, you also get $6 single shot ($8 for a double) on Fireball whiskey, Skyy vodka, and El Toro tequila. Visit frankeysbar.com.
III Forks sizzles with style, and every day the menu features USDA prime beef and ocean-fresh seafood, along with lighter, local favorites. The inviting foyer greets you with an array of fine wines — over 1,500 bottles — in with a beautiful glass-encased wine room. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m. (at the bar) including the sommelier's pick of a $5 glass of wine, or 2-for-1 well drinks. Visit iiiforks.com.
Martini Bar's warm and intimate décor allows for a casual but sophisticated alternative to the South Florida norm. Located on the second floor above Yard House, happy hour is Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. Order $5 martinis including apple, acai cosmos, the bar's own "margatini," a tropical paradise, and fruit cake takes. Hungry? Bar bites include $5 tapas like spicy chicken quesadillas, nachos, meatball or vegetable sliders, and empanadas. Visit martinibargulfstream.com.
Mijana Lebanese Cuisine
After their great success at Shishka Lebanese Grill, the owners — Walid and Ghassan — decided on a new joint venture: Mijana Lebanese Cuisine. It features indoor and outdoor dining including a fully stocked cocktail bar where you can enjoy Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails and wine. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. during which all drinks are half-priced. Visit mijana.us.
Staying true to the gastropub format, the restaurant only uses the freshest local ingredients, certified Angus beef, all-natural artisan cheeses, and practices a farm-to-table approach to dining. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. (and again from 10 p.m. to close) where you can order half-priced premium well drinks, beer, and wine. A bar bites menu gets you deals on food, too, including burgers. On Wine Down Wednesday, get half-priced bottles of wine all day. Visit rokbrgr.com.
Strike 10 Bowling & Sports Lounge
Strike 10 is the new lounge-like bowling alley, bar, and restaurant at Gulfstream, featuring 11 bowling lanes, pool tables, a full bar and full food menu. Happy hour takes place Monday through Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring 2 for 1 house drinks. Visit strike10bowling.com.
Texas de Brazil
The Brazilian-American churrascaria combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas, featuring a 60-item seasonal salad area, an assortment of meats carved table side, and an extensive wine cellar. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and includes half-priced house martinis, glasses of house wine, house cocktails, and domestic beer. Visit texasdebrazil.com.
Yard House is the Village's upscale-casual chain eatery known for great food and — more importantly — 130 taps of imported, craft, and specialty ales and lagers. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday from 10 p.m. to close. Drink specials include $1 off domestic pints and well drinks; $2 off craft and import pints (or goblets), domestic half yards, specialty drinks, and wine by the glass; $3 off house martinis; and $4 off craft and import half yards. On the food menu, order small plates priced $5 to $8 each including blue crab cakes, chicken wings, pizza, nachos, sliders, tacos, and — our favorite — that spicy tuna roll. Visit yardhouse.com.
The Village at Gulfstream Park is located at 501 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Call 954-378-0900.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.
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