Best Beach Bars in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach Bars Make This Oceanside City Sizzle

Why do millions of people head to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for vacation? The very idea of this ocean side, fun-in-the-sun world-class destination sets plans in motion to arrive and have fun and drink a toast to the good life. Whether here for business, for pleasure or both, it is here where memories are made and life is celebrated. Dotted along and near the very famous beaches are places to head for a quite drink or a gathering with friends. These beach bars are exciting places and they range from legendary landmarks with a famous past such the Elbo Room on Las Olas Boulevard and A1A. This sizzling hotspot was made famous in the hit film Where The Boys Are and with its ideal location, the fun never ends. Further up the beach at Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is the Aruba Beach Cafe. This ideal restaurant and bar is a staple for locals who know where to take visitors and meet friends for good food, great drinks and the complete Florida experience. Reaffirming the city's world-class status, The Wine Room at the Ritz-Carlton is an elegant and ideal setting for a date or a relaxing evening. Looking to make new friends? The Blue Martini at the near-by Fort Lauderdale Galleria is an upscale after-hours spot well-known for its steady clientele of loyal locals and returning guests. There is no doubt that the coastline in Fort Lauderdale sizzles after hours and there is a watering hole to fit anyone's expectation. 


North Ft Lauderdale
Dudes On The Beach
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Dudes On The Beach is just steps from the sand and cozily set in the charming shopping strip right off the popular Galt Ocean Mile at Oakland Park Boulevard and A1A. Dudes On The Beach takes the idea of a gay club up a notch with its charming upscale atmosphere and piano bar and nightly musical specials from 6-9 p.m. Entertainment includes singers, talented piano players and karaoke. Dudes On The Beach is a ideal location for casually conversing with old friends, or new ones, enjoying your favorite beer or cocktail or choice of wine, then taking a stroll across the street to watch the waves on the ocean. How can it be better?

Recommended for Beach Bars because: A classy neighborhood atmosphere, great drinks and a great crowd.

Dale's expert tip: Parking is metered and don't forget to refill!

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Downtowner Saloon & Steakhouse
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The Downtowner Saloon is a cozy place, of course, Downtown, that sits perfectly along the Middle River with amazing picture-perfect views of the glimmering high rises and a settling place to watch the impressive parade of yachts and boats that pass by and make Fort Lauderdale the special city that it is. This restaurant and bar offers not only an amazing menu of delectable steaks and seafood as well temping drinks, but also is a gathering place for live music lovers. Any night of the week is ideal for a getaway: Sundays offers a solo artist, Tuesday is trivia and DJ party, Wednesday and Fridays is DJ Booney Tunes, Thursdays brings the featured live band and Saturdays is the Best Live Blues banks with no cover charge. Come and enjoy!

Recommended for Beach Bars because: A local legendary landmark with the most remarkable view and great clientele.

Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking but you have to look carefully for the entrance off Andrews Avenue.

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Outside the Casablanca Caf� is a sign that says cars must stop for pedestrians. If you're the lucky pedestrian take it as an opportunity to look at this incredible piano bar and restaurant, housed in an authentic two-story Spanish home and offering favorite Mediterranean dishes in a lovely atmosphere. Moroccan lamps, stucco walls, dark wood and wrought iron accents adorn the interior, and a balcony full of satisfied patrons provide breathtaking views of the ocean as well as a front-row seat to this famous beach. Enjoy nightly live music, excellent wine and a limited food menu at the bar. Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Now, don't just sit there; park the car and go enjoy yourself!Enjoy nightly live music, excellent wine and a limited food menu at the bar.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Known for its ideal location, looking out over the Atlantic and the passers-by.

Dale's expert tip: A great place to impress out-of-town friends or business associates.

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Dining and entertainment with an ocean view sums it all up. Cafe del Mar is a favorite hot spot for locals and visitors alike and a place that draws them back time and time again. Frozen cocktails, an oceanfront setting and live music help create a festive atmosphere at this popular beach spot. Grab a patio table and cool off with a classic, strawberry or mango margarita, or hop up and dance to the sounds seven days a week with the best of flamenco guitar, latin jazz, pop tracks and blues. Specialty cocktails and a selection of popular martinis are also available, and flavorful Mediterranean pasta, seafood and meat dishes are served at lunch and dinner.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Amazing drink and menu items mixed with amazing music and the amazing view of the Atlantic.

Dale's expert tip: The perfect place to visit on any beach day.

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Located at the fun Beach Place complex on the city's famous Fort Lauderdale Beach is Lulu's Bait Shack. Here you can sit with your friends and sip your favorite, colorful cocktail and drink in the never-ending activity of this sizzling hotspot. Enjoy a delicious selection of appetizers including a platter chock-full of Louisiana-style crawfish, or their favorite tangy Buffalo shrimp, soups, salads, sandwiches and seafood dishes. Lulu's Bair Shack serves your favorites beers and cocktails and provide live entertainment that will make it a night to remember. And don't forget to purchase the souvenir glass so you can brag to all your jealous friends later.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: The most fun atmosphere in the playful Beach Place – with plenty of parking.

Dale's expert tip: This place is great food, great fun in a great location. It just can't get better than this!

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The Wine Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Fort Lauderdale is an elegant setting that awaits those who expect the highest standard of excellence in a classic atmosphere. This is a favored wine bar within the stellar Ritz-Carlton that invites comers to sip amidst a stunning modern interior that features a shimmering semi-transparent glass wall cordoning off the wine room from the rest of the bar. A leather sommelier counter with interactive touch-screens gives interactive education on the vault that houses a 5,000 bottle collection of international and vintage wines. Also available are a collection of rare Scotches. The Wine Room's separate cellar area can also be reserved for private events.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: A very pleasant experience in the midst of the luxurious Ritz-Carlton.

Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking at Beach Place and a pleasant walk to the Ritz-Carlton.

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Blue Martini
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Blue Martini has earned a reputation as a sleek and sophisticated gathering place for those who know a great thing when they find it. Weekday happy hours, nightly live bands and dancing make this sleek cocktail bar a winner. Try the bar's signature blue martini (a mix of vodka, Cointreau, blue curacao, sweet 'n sour mix and orange juice) or select your favorite martini from a menu of 14. An assortment of appetizers such as sushi, hummus, a steak sandwich martini, seared tuna and even chocolate cake satiate the hungry. Hang out on the outdoor patio, or if you're willing to pay the freight, sip a cocktail under the blue skylight in the VIP lounge. Located at the upscale Galleria, Blue Martini is a wonderful stop after hours, after shopping or for an exceptional night out.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Very classy atmosphere and clientele any night of the week.

Dale's expert tip: Make a day of it by shopping at the Galleria then a stroll here for a drink with friends.

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Aruba Beach Cafe
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Aruba Beach Cafe at One East Commercial Boulevard in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea has a great reputation not only as a restaurant, but a great place to enjoy awesome jazz music every Sunday. Picture it: Enjoying seafood, large fresh salads, pastas and burgers in the company of friends and family, feeling the balmy breezes right off the ocean just steps away, and being in the company of those who enjoy a relaxing Sunday listening to the top-notch jazz that keeps people coming back. Aruba Beach Cafe has been a favorite among the locals for many years, and they have perfected the art of service over the years, and they are the experts.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Fun atmosphere, beautiful views of the beach just a few miles from Downtown Fot Lauderdale.

Dale's expert tip: Take along your beach attire and spend some time on the sand after your Sunday brunch and jazz.

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Located on the very happening and playful Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard just north of Las Olas Boulevard, Exit 66 could not be more of an example of the fun and excitement that visitors and locals expect right here on this world-famous beach. Its laid-back and diverse atmosphere welcomes everyone with its enticing three unique spaces to host a variety of events, and a unique blend of other fun-enthusiasts. Exit 66 offers a tri-level oceanfront nightclub with a very fitting outdoor terrace, perfect to feel the sub-tropical breezes as well as the sizzle of the club itself. Be sure to get on their list to receive advanced notice of special events and of their locally-famous Sunday Funday pool Parties.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: The place to see and be seen. Christopher's is a class act.

Dale's expert tip: Feel right at home by going online and reserving a cabana for their Weekend Pool Party.

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This landmark watering hole entered the world spotlight in 1960 with the hit film Where The Boys Are, starring Connie Francis and George Hamilton, making this one of the hottest of beach side attractions, and it soon became the place to see and be seen for generations of springs breakers and a beach vacationers. The Elbo Room still attracts throngs of tourists and locals alike to enjoy live music, great drinks, a great second-floor view of the beach and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, and a bit of history. Conveniently located at the popular corner of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A, which is always crammed with the world's most beautiful people, the Elbo Room really does get that jam-packed and you're going to need your own elbow room. But that's part of the charm and the fun, and this is what gives the place its reputation and, well, its name.

Recommended for Beach Bars because: Probably one of the most famous and legendary beach side bars in Fort Lauderdale.

Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking on the south side of Las Olas Blvd. for a small fee.

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Meet Dale Mack

Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition...  More About Dale