Fort Lauderdale: The Ideal Fun Spot for Early Entertainment

Millions of visitors arrive at the very exciting and welcoming Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and they're ready for a good time. While the party never really ends, many visitors wish to enjoy an early nightlife and be back by 10:00 p.m., whether they are here on business or with family, or just personal preference. Don't feel restricted. The best hotspots don't wait until 10 p.m. to get the party started; they begin welcoming guests at happy hour and the quality is not lessened. Fort Lauderdale and Broward County is home to over a million residents and these fortunate many have learned to balance a personal life of work and family while enjoying all the excitement offered in Fort Lauderdale without losing much sleep. One of the most popular places is YOLO (You Only Live Once). Located in Downtown, come on in as the sun comes down and enjoy a great cocktail and a meal and a very welcoming ambiance. Or if a bit of high-end shopping is on the agenda, plan it with a stop at Blue Martini. This is an ideal early-evening night out with the best Martinis and a dedicated crowd who can't this place a secret. To have a true Florida experience by grabbing a drink and something from the menu while watching the beach, go to the Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-By-The-Beach. With an almost playful atmosphere, it's the ideal place to watch the day wind down and enjoy.

Parrot Lounge
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Spend Happy Hour at this local favorite and enjoy their specials that are available everyday, all day, such as Svedka flavored vodkas for $4 or get a double for $6. For 43 years beachgoers and fun-seeking locals have gathered at the world famous...  Read More

Manchester Room at Georgie's Alibi
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Located in the famous Georgie's Alibi, The Manchester Room is a classic addition which offers comfortable seating and a variety of shows, most notably by Fort Lauderdale's own Dame Edna. While Georgie's offers two bar areas, outside seating and...  Read More

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, just west of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, sizzles every night of the week. This is the place where people flock for classic entertainment, the finest dining venues, unique shopping, a...  Read More

Aruba Beach Cafe
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Proclaiming itself as One Happy Restaurant, 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 Happy Hour every weekday (at bars only)...  Read More

Funky Buddha Brewery
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This recently opened hotspot is located north of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and compliments this up and coming part of the city of Oakland Park, just off Dixie Highway and NE 38th Street (Park Lane East). The Funky Buddha Brewery &...  Read More

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...  Read More

Casablanca Cafe


Outside the Casablanca Cafe 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...  Read More

Blue Martini
Photo courtesy of Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale


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...  Read More

YOLO (You Only Live Once)
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You Only Live Once, and by this place's name YOLO, you can see why, especially at Happy Hour. It's hard to imagine that in just four short years the amazing Yolo has become the talk of the town. And that's a tough thing to do in Fort Lauderdale....  Read More


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