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Where the cocktails are: A nightlife guide to Fort Lauderdale
- Elbo Room362There isn’t a plaque announcing this is the town's oldest bar. It opened sometime in the late 1930s, and the sticky, beer-soaked floors are rumored to have never been mopped since (which only adds to the charm). It’s one of the last holdouts on Fort Lauderdale Beach to preserve that rowdy spring break vibe of yesteryear.keeping the music turned all the way up, the beers cold, and the sandy, sunburned crowds hitting the dance floor.
- The Wreck Bar112Whoever told you mermaids don’t exist clearly has never visited B Ocean Resort’s Wreck Bar, a dark kitschy lounge that takes its design cues from shipwrecked Spanish Galleons of the 16th century. There are giant aquariums and tiki-inspired cocktails, but the main draw are the large porthole windows behind the bar that peer into the hotel’s pool where a pod of coquettish mermaids and hunky “aquamen” perform underwater burlesque shows multiple nights a week.
- Riverside Market210Refrigerators boasting the largest selection of beer in town line the perimeter of this cozy little neighborhood joint in Sailboat Bend. Pluck a cold one, pop the bottle cap with one of the many openers dangling from the wooden posts, and head to your table where you’ll easily lose hours of time. The chill, laid back atmosphere has launched many meandering conversations with friends. The pizza, burgers, and bar snacks can easily extend a quiet night out into a last-call affair.
- Georgie's Alibi Monkey Bar395When it opened in 1997, Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar was the first gay bar in Wilton Manors, which is now considered the “second gayest” city in the country after Provincetown. More than 25 years later, the landmark bar remains an integral piece of the gayborhood’s LGBT identity. The dance floor's the place to be when the music’s turned all the way up and the lights are dialed way down low. Don’t miss the flirty cast of emerging and veteran drag queens who perform every Friday night.
- Rhythm & Vine37Choose-your-own-adventure at Rhythm & Vine: Early evenings are for oversized Jenga and Connect Four on the outdoor patio; arrive later, and the space transforms into an intimate club with a live DJ playing high-tempo tunes. The interior design is an IG-worthy fever dream of mismatched furniture, rainbow-colored string lights, and kaleidoscopic wallpaper. The vintage Airstream outside serves craft cocktails, draft beers, and Chido tequila seltzers in something called a “bird bong,” a pink flamingo lawn ornament that’s been curiously rigged to double as a funnel.
- Blue Jean Blues186Step inside this dark, twinkly lit lounge for live blues and jazz every night of the week. Bands playing soulful genres from Caribbean jazz to bluesy rock to R&B take command from the raised stage in the back. Tables for foot-tapping, finger-snapping patrons line the walls. Reservations are suggested for those coveted seats, but it’s usually not hard to scout a stool at the bar. After a few tracks and refilled drink orders, the area in front of the stage magically transforms into a shimmying dance floor.
- Pizza Craft82The scent of fresh dough tempts patrons inside Pizza Craft Pizzeria, while an intriguing neon “cocktails” sign on a side door lures some even further into a sophisticated, speakeasy-style lounge with dark red walls and plush leather banquettes. Knowledgeable bartenders craft cocktails from an extensive liquor list, which features hundreds of whiskey, bourbon, and rye varieties. Old-fashioned aficionados can opt to build their own tableside with their choice spirits, garnishes, and smoke infusions.
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What is the best way to get there?
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport is the main commercial airport serving Fort Lauderdale. Shuttle buses run from the airport to nearby hotels. Taxis and car services are available too.
Greyhound offers bus services to Fort Lauderdale with a terminal at 515 NE 3rd St.
Travelers driving to Fort Lauderdale usually approach the city via the I-95 Fwy and the I-75 Fwy.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Fort Lauderdale from overseas, use the US State Department’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Winter (December to April): The snowbirds really know what’s up. Fort Lauderdale is a dream destination in the winter months thanks to its warm sunshine and its ideal temperatures that hover between 10 to 26°C (50 to 80°F).
Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Trolley operates seven routes which cover the entire town, as well as one route to and from the airport. For more information on routes, schedules and fares, see here.
Fort Lauderdale’s water taxi has 10 stops in Fort Lauderdale and 1 stop in Hollywood.
For more information on routes, schedules and fares, see here.
Taxis and rideshare
Parking lots and metered parking are available, however, streets tend to get congested, so alternative methods of transportation are recommended.
Are there local customs I should know?
- We recommend staying at one of the most popular hotels in Fort Lauderdale, which include:
- We recommend checking out these popular tours when looking for something to do in Fort Lauderdale:
- If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Fort Lauderdale between June and August, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.