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“My favorite local spot”

The Historic Downtowner
Ranked #228 of 1,357 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Neighborhood: Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Description: The Downtowner is a Fort Lauderdale Institution for over 20 years. Situated on the banks of The New River in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. It's a fabulous location to have a business lunch, dinner or take in the view of the mega yachts as the go by from the bar.
Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

What an awesome music line up this place has on Saturday nights. They support the local blues acts that are extremely talented.
Last Saturday after boat parade josh rowand really rocked the house.

The food, service and uniqueness of the place is a bonus.

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Thank john c
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is not at all a "special occasion" place, and the word "saloon" in the name says it all. We have become Saturday afternoon regulars here, just because it is so relaxing to dine outdoors and watch the boats pass by.

You can't go wrong if you're up for burgers and fries. I've never been crazy about onion rings but after trying the ones here, I order them regularly just because they are so good! Hot, crispy, without a hint of grease and the batter does not fall off the onions each time you take a bite.

Some other items on the menu are not so consistently done. The fish and chips here was once quite possible the best I've ever had, and another time, most certainly (and most disappointingly!) the worst I've ever had.

They don't offer specials regularly or on a consistent basis, but when they do, they are very good. One Saturday, they offered salmon, served with a tequila lime sauce, which came with black beans and broccoli, and it was a knockout blow. Some days there is no special at all.

This is a "come as you are" place. The servers are friendly, attentive and quickly came to know us by name.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

This highly-spirited spot located on the New River with boat dockage is buzzing on a Saturday evening with a live band and an eclectic mix of people. Has a tiny little area to dance if the music moves you. Sports two bars of which you can view the band from both and lots of booths if you are more comfortable at a booth. Lots of old-school items plastered all over this place top to bottom, kind of like an "I-Spy" book only live in Ft. Lauderdale!

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Thank Francie A
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Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

Great bar - great service - great food - pulled my boat up today- had a couple of beers with my wife and ate THE BEST FISH TACOS EvER - not a bad day

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This is the place when you just want to sit at the bar and talk. There are two bar areas and it is pretty spacious. What's great about this place, that you'll find locals here during happy hour. It is the daily happy hour specials that make group drinking so fun and easy on the wallet.

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Thank jb645
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