Bars & Cafes
Prickly pears from cacti turn margaritas a pale pink at this Southwestern restaurant. Decked out in the soft pastel colors of the nation's desert states, this restaurant is located near a movie theater on busy Sunrise Boulevard. Canyon packs in diners in search of contemporary cuisine, which is this restaurant's specialty. Red snapper served with purple Peruvian potatoes is one of many creative options that lure the trendy crowd. Dessert options include a sorbet tangy with the snap of chili peppers. Go around the back to find free parking.
Nestled adjacent to The Classic Gateway Theatre, Chill Wine Lounge is sure to delight every wine lover. This lounge offers more than 50 varieties of wine, that can be ordered by the glass or by the bottle. The interior is elegantly designed with contemporary furnishings in gray tones. Guests can also choose to feast on dishes from their menu while reclining on the cushioned sofas laid out on the patio. A limited menu of charcuterie, baked cheese and crostini are available.
Located in Fort Lauderdale's Gateway Shopping Center, Kim's Alley Bar has been welcoming patrons for over 50 years. Housed within a red brick structure, the space can be divided into two distinct areas: the front with its classy feel, and the back with its dive bar raucous ambiance. The back section is ideal for those who wish to take in the local lively scene; it features pool tables, dart boards, juke box and ping pong tables. Reasonably priced drinks and happy hour specials, keeps guests coming back for more.
Next door to a now famous bakery of the same name, the same Quebec family opened a tiny cafe that offers a few tables for dining on such treats as a Bechamel croissant stuffed with ham or spinach and mushrooms with a Swiss cheese sauce and topped with grated cheese. Even a hot dog's different here. They're wrapped in flaky pastry dough and served with tangy French mustard. They'll make whatever you want from a deli that stocks pate, prosciutto, roast beef, tuna salad, ham, turkey and imported cheeses. Quiches are on the menu in various varieties, and a pizza on French bread dough with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms atop it tempts many.
Tucked away from the maddening rush of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Brew Urban Cafe Victoria Park is one place where you can relax and enjoy your daily dose of caffeine. Devoid of all the frills of the modern coffee house chain, this café comes with an easygoing ambiance which is enhanced by the youthful staff members who always fill your order with a friendly smile. Whether you’re coming in for a caramel frappé or lemonade, this cafe is a pleasant daytime hangout.
Here at Laser Wolf, no one takes themselves too seriously. The beer however, is an entirely different story. This craft beer center offers labels rarely found elsewhere and also has a selection of wines and sake. Shows by local artists and bands regularly occur, adding an extra bit of excitement to the evening.
For a variety of exotic Martinis, Blue Martini, as the name suggests, is the place to visit in Fort Lauderdale. Their signature drinks, 'Purple Passion', 'Mango Madness', 'Masterpiece Bleu' are as interesting as the names. White wines, Red wines, Champagnes of course are available. They offer signature dishes too. Tuna, Lamb chops, Lobster, chicken, not to forget the Steak Sandwich Martini cooked tender to perfection!
If you happen to visit this restaurant at two different points of time in the same year, it's very likely you'll be presented with a varying menu each time. The seasonal menu that uses the freshest available ingredients is the specialty of this upscale eatery. With a complete wine bar that boasts of over 140 wines, a dinner at Seasons 52 can turn into an unexpectedly romantic affair, with the live piano music adding all that charm! A meal of light American cuisine, tapas and seafood is like indulging in sheer culinary delight. All in all, a great place to be, if you're looking for an atmosphere of classy casualness combined with great food and wine!
True to its name, Posh is a spacious Mediterranean Bar. They serve a limited fare of meat and veggie preparations in an authentic Mediterranean style. Try the Mediterranean Sampler, it is an assortment of some of the dishes offered here. 'Flavored hookahs', is what this place is known for. If you're here you must try a puff of fruity flavored hookahs or lemon, coconut, or cappuccino.
Enjoy the best of Mexican food and over 200 varieties of tequila in an upbeat and happening environment. Your taste buds are in for a joyride and all your Mexican-fare favorites are served here, including saucy tortillas, enchiladas, quesadillas, and a spin on fajitas called "molcajetes." The fresh guacamole is made table-side and masterfully enhances the flavors of the dishes that it accompanies. The fun doesn't end until late, so sample tequila shots or chug on Mexican beer. Overall, Rocco's is a fun-filled destination for friendly nights out or family dinners.
Opened in late 1992, Mangos is a longtime favorite among locals and visitors to Gold Coast. Punctuating the heart of Las Olas Boulevard, the restaurant makes a great addition to the happening street's vibrant dining scene. Take a seat out on the patio and soak in the area's signature buzz while Florida's popular live bands create the right vibe. Enjoy one of the best happy hours in town with an array of inventive hand-shaken concoctions like Mango-Lada and Passion Punch. Chef Brian Wood serves up delectable seafood preparations like Snapper with a Banana Curry Sauce and Snow Crab Bisque. Their Double Fudge Walnut Brownie a la Mode deserves a special mention.
"Whey of Life" is the motto of this little store on East Las Olas Boulevard, and once you walk in through the doors, you'll know why. Living up to its name, Cheese Culture, featuring a vast variety of international cheeses, will take your palate on a gourmet trip around the world. But that is not all, that is on offer here; you can choose from their range of salads and sandwiches filled with sumptuous meat and complement them with wine or beer. Wine tasting events are regularly held here.