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Why Fort Lauderdale is the Place to Be Young, Wild and Free, Day or Night

Most visitors to Fort Lauderdale know about the city’s endless array of beach activities. Surfing, snorkeling and sailing are just a few of many popular items on people’s Fort Lauderdale to-do list. But once you’ve had a sun-filled day and are ready for a night on the town, what’s next? Hit these nightlife hotspots for an evening filled with live music, craft cocktails and dancing.

Original Fat Cat’s

If you dig that old-school rock n’ roll vibe, you’ll love Original Fat Cat’s. With 80 craft brews and live music seven nights a week, this is one of the most praised Fort Lauderdale nightlife venues. Locals and visitors, young and old, flood the bar each night for its laid-back atmosphere, live entertainment and great drink specials. For local charm and lip-smacking brews, Original Fat Cat’s takes the cake.

The Downtown Cigar Bar

Cigars aren’t for everyone, but for those of you who love nothing more than a leisurely puff, the Downtown Cigar Bar in Fort Lauderdale is a must. This brand new establishment features hand-rolled cigars and a wide selection of fine wine and beer. Unwind with some friends over a “gar” or strike up a conversation with Ozzie, the friendly owner and fellow cigar connoisseur. Their state-of-the-art sound system makes this a perfect place to watch the game or celebrate a birthday.

Cinema Paradiso

If you’d rather skip the booze and watch a classic flick instead, add Cinema Paradiso to your Fort Lauderdale to-do list. Get comfortable inside this old-church-turned-movie-theatre, grab some popcorn,and enjoy an independent, classic or foreign film.Also home to the Fort Lauderdale international Film Festival, this downtown attraction is an ideal nightlife spot for a film buff.

Wondering what else there is to do during the daytime? Check out our infographic for more ideas.

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