By Nick Jurkowski
Today I tackle the town that has heretofore been unfairly regarded as something Miami’s unattractive cousin. That’s right, I’m talking about Fort Lauderdale. You may be surprised to learn that there are destinations in this not-actually-a-fort that rival those of Miami herself! Luckily, Millenium Limo also services this area, making it that much easier to get from here to there. If you know the right places, Fort Lauderdale can be one of the most enjoyable towns out there. Luckily, I know the right places. So lets get down to brass tacks and talk about the bar scene.
There are bars in Fort Lauderdale to fit any taste in ambiance, from the bewilderingly upscale to the jaw-droppingly base. Both are good in the right context, and I’ll go over some of them here.
* In the category of the latter, check out Elbo Room. Kind of a run- down spring break locale that features cheap drinks and unholy din. For whatever reason, it is one of the most enjoyable places I have ever had the pleasure of patronizing, and I’d recommend it to anyone. It always has a great crowd, and you can wear your swimming suit. What more could you ask for?
* Howl at the Moon is the only piano bar (at least that I’ve found) in town, and has an interesting ambiance that varies from racous and wild to quite subdued. They get some great piano players (mostly jazz) that are fantastic to listen to, if you like that kind of thing (and you should).
* The Parrot is a great not-so-touristy bar that has good drinks and equally good food. It’s a little off the main strip of bars and clubs, but is full of locals and people who want a little of the authentic taste of Fort Lauderdale.
Next up, some of the clubs. While not quite of the cailiber of South Beach, THe club scene boasted by Fort Lauderdale is still one of the best. Check out Christopher’s, a nice spot that often features nights where ladies drink free (check the schedule). Depending on the night, you’ll hear hip-hop, salsa, or disco. It’s been around for 25 years, and has proven to be one of the hottest spots in Fort Lauderdale. Beyond that, just cruise around the downtown area – you’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy.
Alright, that’s all for now. Happy travels, and happy eating/drinking/ dancing/debauchery.