Best Happy Hour in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's 10 Best (and Happiest) Happy Hour Hangouts

Welcome to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is where the world heads for that amazing fun-in-the-sun vacation anytime of the year. From its picture-perfect Blue Wave beaches to its five-star hotels and legendary landmarks, this shining South Florida star is one happy place, so why not dive in and enjoy one of its many Happy Hours? We at 10best have recommended what can be the very favorite and most popular venues for joining family and friends – and even meeting new ones – throughout Broward County. While there are hundreds of sizzling nightspots around, these ten are long-standing favorites of both locals and returning visitors. One of Fort Lauderdale's most popular restaurant and lounge is YOLO (You Only Live Once). This popular establishment is Downtown and has become very popular since opening not long ago. Blue Martini is also a local favorite at the Fort Lauderdale Galleria. Take advantage of the valet parking and relax and enjoy. Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is a mainstay with a great Happy Hour which also can be followed by a great dinner. Literally just steps from the beach and the famous pier. Head to Wilton Manors and Georgie's Alibi and its wonderful diverse crowd that loves a good party. In all, be happy!


North Lauderdale

Cheers on Cypress Creek in North Fort Lauderdale is, like the television show, a place where it seems everyone knows your name. A local watering hole popular among locals, Cheers features Open Mic Night on Mondays, College Night on Tuesdays, Ladies Night on Wednesdays, Karaoke on Thursday and the best live bands in South Florida on Friday nights. Live blues and rock shows are featured most nights of the week. Join a friendly game of darts or pool. Make sure you make it for the extensive buffet during Happy Hour, when you can also get two-for-one drinks. Perfect for a casual, relaxed night out.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: An electric atmosphere that is not far from many of the local businesses in this part of north Fort Lauderdale

Dale's expert tip: Go to their website to see what's happening tonight!

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Parrot Lounge
Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.

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 Parrot Lounge, just steps from the Fort Lauderdale Beach. This landmark tavern is one of those places where everyone knows your name – or soon will – and its fun and festive atmosphere draw in a crowd who love a neighborhood bar and its welcoming vibe. Located on the sizzling corner of Sunrise Boulevard and A1A, the Parrot Lounge is nestled in what is appears to be its own little neighborhood, lined with older buildings and surrounded by gift shops and restaurants – almost a northeastern feel until you spot one of the swaying palm trees and feel the soothing tropical breeze.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: People have found this to be a great place for over four decades, just steps from the beach.

Dale's expert tip: Parking is paid here so be prepared.

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Georgie's Alibi
Photo courtesy of Stanley T. Bird, Jr.

One visit to Georgie's Alibi and you'll see why it's one of the most popular gay clubs in Fort Lauderdale that attracts a diverse crowd, especially for its Happy Hour, which is held daily with 2-4-1 until 9 p.m. Day or evening, Georgie's serves up the best sizzling atmosphere with the best music, a winning menu including their award-winning hamburgers, and drinks that include specials including two-for-one happy hour Monday through Friday, as well as the ever-popular Long Island Iced Tea Night. Inside, patrons enjoy a video bar, which often features a VJ spinning playfully popular tunes. There's also a lovely outdoor patio that's ideal for weekday lunch, Sunday brunch, or evening get-together with friends. Georgie's Alibi is probably the most well-known of gay clubs in South Florida, so make it your first stop and see why.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Award-winning and with a fun crowd in the heart of Wilton Manors.

Dale's expert tip: This is place is great for those who love a lively atmosphere.

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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. Enjoy their Reverse Happy Hour from 9-11 p.m. with half-priced select Martinis, such as the Pumpkin, French, spiced Apple, Cosmopolitan or Bartender's Martini. 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.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: A local legend and landmark that still has visitors asking, "Where is the Elbo room?"

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

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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) Monday-Friday starting at 4 p.m. Picture it: Join your friends for a relaxing drink then enjoy seafood, large fresh salads, pastas and burgers then relax and feel the balmy breezes right off the ocean just steps away, and being in the company of those who enjoy a relaxing. 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 Happy Hour because: Right on the beach and next to the pier, and known as One Happy Restaurant, what could be better?

Dale's expert tip: Take along your beach attire and spend some time on the sand after Happy Hour

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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. Come for Happy Hour 4-7 p.m., and just after Happy Hour have a glass or bottle of premium wines for half off 7 p.m. - midnight on Wednesdays. 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 Happy Hour because: Always fun and always a great atmosphere right on the beach.

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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North Lauderdale

Make plans to get to Shooters for Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy the fabulous views of the water and great live bands that attract patrons to this dockside restaurant and bar. And just in case you were wondering: they do offer valet boat parking! Since its debut in 1982, Shooter's is proud of the fact that it has earned a world-wide reputation as a "Gold Coast's Must See" destination. It is well-known for its inviting indoor/outdoor dockside dining, pool and patio, and an endless supply of people-watching as well as scenic boat watching, thrill food lovers as well as boating enthusiasts. In fact, planning to go to Shooters can be synonymous to going to a party.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Certainly one of the biggest hot spots in the city.

Dale's expert tip: Take advantage of their valet boat parking.

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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 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 Happy Hour because: Everyone who loves great Martinis meet at Blue Martini and enjoy the upscale atmosphere and great drinks.

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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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. But there is good reason why. Located on the very chic and elegant Las Olas, this beautifully designed night spot and eatery welcomes its patrons in its modern and comfortable setting and presents its delightful lunch menu consisting of delicious starters, soups, sandwiches and specials. And don't rush back to the office before trying their delectable desserts and topped off with your favorite coffee. And remember the restaurant's name is short for You Only Live Once, so enjoy! Happy Hour is M-F 4 p.m.-7 p.m.and $2 off all drinks at the main bar or O Lounge.

Recommended for Happy Hour because: Highly popular among the locals and a sophisticated place to spend time.

Dale's expert tip: Convenient for after-hours meeting from surrounding businesses.

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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