Best Bars in Fort Lauderdale


Whether you’re in town for Spring Break or a local looking to try something new, there’s a plethora of dive bars, lounges with intricate cocktails, or cozy spots to listen to some good music.

Mod Wine Lounge
The psychedelic ‘60s is the theme of this wine bar, where newbies and sommeliers alike can enjoy more than 90 different wines from around the world. Take a seat in a curvy couch to take in the sights of a low-lit room with pops of bold neon lighting fixtures, and enjoy a glass paired with small bites. Want to bone up on your knowledge of vino? The lounge hosts monthly wine tastings.
Address:1828 E Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-616-5216, Website: www.modwinelounge.com 

American Social
Located on booming Las Olas Boulevard, the bar is a tribute to pure Americana. Ease into booth seats with American flag throw pillows, taking in the scenery of walls covered in Life magazine covers and a wooden bar. Select tables have a beer self serving station, allowing guests to never have to await for a refill of more than 40 craft beers. Open for both lunch and dinner, the menu is a collection of upscale comfort food to enjoy while watching the latest game.
Address: 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-764-7005, Website: www.americansocialbar.com

Elbo Room
Tap into the history of Fort Lauderdale with this beachside haunt, which opened in 1938 and shot to fame in the 1960 Spring Break flick “Where the Boys Are.” Today, it’s still a popular dive bar for visitors and locals of all ages. Grab a brew and enjoy one of the live bands that play every night, or park it in a bar stool on the patio to people watch the beach’s nightlife.
Address: 241 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-463-4615, Website: www.elboroom.com

Brass Tap
Franchises don’t tend to make the list, but this one is an exception. With its roots in South Florida, Brass Tap has since expanded to more than 30 locations across the country. What sets Fort Lauderdale’s location apart? It’s the only one with an on-site brewery. The two-story bar called the burgeoning Flagler Village neighborhood home in 2015, and guests have a choice of more than 80 beers on tap and 150 bottled brews, wines, a full food menu, and live music. Want to catch the game? There’s plenty of TVs to watch your team knock out the competition.
Address: 551 N Federal Hwy #600, Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 754-200-8648, Website: www.brasstapbeerbar.com/FtLauderdale

Hunter’s
Taking the top spot in seven categories by the readers of South Florida Gay News, the gay bar is a one-stop shop for fun. Early in the evening enjoy happy hour or roll in later in the night to hit the dance floor. With two floors and a stage, head up to the upstairs bar to look down at the throng of dancers while enjoying a cocktail. Since opening in 2014, Hunter’s is often a place for area groups to host fundraisers and parties, making it a quick fixture in the community.
Address: 2232 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors, Tel.: 954-630-3556, Website: www.HuntersFTLauderdale.com

Tarpon Bend
One of the first bars to welcome you to Himmarshee, the two-story tribute to South Florida’s fishing culture has something for everyone. Downstairs, indulge in live music from your table or hit the dance floor when your favorite song comes on. Head upstairs to a second bar and hang at the lounge or patio under swagged bistro lights. Open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night, Tarpon Bend will give you what you need no matter when you walk through the doors.
Address: 200 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-523-3233, Website: www.tarponbend.com

Rhythm & Vine
Imagine you were invited a friend’s backyard party, and you’ve envisioned Rhythm & Vine. The casual outdoor space is strewn with picnic tables, greenery, bistro lights, food trucks, and a bar stocked with specialty cocktails and craft beers. Head inside to the den for a darker, funkier atmosphere with a second bar, eclectic street art, vintage thrift store finds, and tunes from the DJ booth. In the middle of downtown, it’s a garden oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Address: 401 NE Fifth Terrace in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-533-3734, Website: www.rhythm-vine.com

Riverside Market Cafe
For a no-fuss, no frills beer den, there’s the Riverside Market Cafe. In this cozy bar, the walls are lined with refrigerators filled with more than 500 beers from around the world from ciders to frothy dark beers. Based on the honor system, grab all the beers you want, enjoy them, and turn them in at the end of the evening to pay your tab. Pair your drinks with a menu of sandwiches, pizzas, and homemade desserts.
Address: 608 SW 12th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-358-8333, Website: www.theriversidemarket.com

Apothecary 330
You don’t need a code word to get into this speakeasy, just the know-how of where to find it. Nestled inside Pizza Kraft, what could very well be Jay Gatsby’s living room is decorated with brick and damask-printed wallpaper, tufted couches, chandeliers, and a floor-to-ceiling bar accessed with a rolling ladder. This is the place to get handcrafted cocktails with ornate garnishes, as well as some dishes off the menu from the restaurant you’re hiding in.
Address: 330, 330 SW 2nd St #101 in Fort Lauderdale, Tel.: 954-616-8028, Website: www.apothecary330.com

Funky Buddha
The excitement surrounding this brewery’s opening was not just met, but exceeded in 2011. Since then it’s grown to a 40,000-square-foot brewery with a back game room, in-house dining, patio, and daily visits from food trucks. Their menu includes their own Floridian, Hop Gun, Pineapple Beach, and more, as well as small batches of specialty beers in unique flavors like peanut butter and jelly. If the process behind making beer interests you, sign up for a brewery tour on Saturdays or reserve a private one.
Address: 1201 NE 38th Street in Oakland Park, Tel.: 954-440-0046, Website: www.funkybuddhabrewery.com

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