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.
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.
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.
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.