This sophisticated yet casual restaurant and jazz club serves up an eclectic menu of tapas, gourmet pizzas, and sandwiches to the tunes of a rotating line-up of jazz and blues virtuosos. Amid the classic 1940's atmosphere of cozy seating, intimate tables, trenchcoated men mumbling about the Great Depression, and exposed brick walls lined with jazz memorabilia, create your own comestible set with the Blue Jean bruschetta trio ($10), starring provolone pesto, tomato vinaigrette, and mozzarella olive roasted pepper. Follow up with a gourmet thin-crust pizza, such as the classic margarita pizza ($15) or the Bianca Quattro formaggio ($15), smothered in alfredo, mozzarella, feta, ricotta, and gorgonzola. After you have used your Groupon for a savory dinner, saddle up to the throwback club's fully-stocked bar and prepare yourself for a night of dancing and ice sculpting.
While Mugs' main room welcomes spirited sports lovers with 14 plasma TVs and a 102" projection screen, its fiery flavorsmiths busily intensify the menu with fine cookery to save fans from mid-game famine. Prepare palates for kick off with Mugs' spicy tuna tataki, pan-seared sushi-grade tuna ensconced in cajun spices ($12). Spinach-stuffed ravioli ($11) appeases mouth mafias with payments of mozzarella, roasted garlic, and a choice of vodka, marinara, alfredo, or pesto sauce, and chicken marsala ($12) paints brilliant, wine-infused portraits of sautéed mushrooms onto waiting tongues. A lineup of 12 draft beers, including Newcastle, Stella Artois, Guinness, Blue Moon, and Coors Light ($3), ensure a mug-filled match to fit every ale-appetite, and frosty bottles of Heineken, Red Stripe, Coors, and Dos Equis wait to be emptied and re-purposed as purely decorative kazoos.
Inside the brick oven at Texas Hold'Em BBQ, meats sizzle alongside whole bell peppers. There's a reason why the latter are called The Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers Bluff—behind the vegetable exterior and under the blue-cheese crumbles lie hidden helpings of beef or pulled pork. The restaurant's menu carries its poker theme across meals such as the Nachos Two Pair and the All In sandwich, but its classic barbecue dinners have no need for a new name. Guests can order chicken, ribs, sausages, and brisket to pair with traditional sides, including baked beans and corn on the cob. At the bar, a catalog of craft beers from assorted breweries counterbalances saucy bites more refreshingly than iced glasses of more sauce. With TVs spread along the length of the bar and a penchant for private sports parties, Texas Hold'Em BBQ advocates for team spirit in addition to smoky roadhouse dining.
Boasting both a game-centric sporty beach pub as well as an upscale upstairs wine lounge, McSorley's caters to locals and tourists of all mindsets amid spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Start a fancy night out on the second floor where the rooftop deck and a signature cocktail, such as the pomegranate martini ($10), will make you the envy of planes and underage sea birds. Or, take the party downstairs day or night to enjoy beers on the sundeck, which has an ocean view, an outdoor bar, and tables fashioned from Kentucky whiskey barrels.
Situated at the threshold of the historic Anglin?s Fishing Pier, Anglins Beach Cafe gives way to a sun-drenched, 975-foot-long boardwalk that bustles with anglers and sightseers from dawn to dusk. Outdoor diners are afforded panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the restaurant's interior proves no less idyllic: shaded booths abut the pier rails, and in the dining room, green tiles echo the hues of sea foam crashing against the shore. Considering that Anglins Beach Cafe is entrenched in the natural environment, it makes sense that its proprietors should take strides to preserve it. To that end, chefs draw upon organic greens, fruits, dairy products, craft beers from all over the world, wine, and organic tequila and vodka, and pack leftovers and stowaway mermen in 100% biodegradable boxes.
Bales of hay backdropped by a mural of wild horses. Barstools and bottles of spirits. Line dancing and two-stepping. A dalmatian clad in firefighter gear. Fire Dog Saloon is a classic Country-Western watering hole with a touch of the unexpected.
Owners and firefighter paramedics Will Yasich, who is still on the job, and Rob Reul, who is now retired, have established a place where Fort Lauderdale's citizens can embrace their country side or simply come to hang out with their friends and play billiards or sing karaoke.
On many nights, the focus of the saloon turns to the dance floor, where men and women line up across 360 square feet of wooden boards for lessons in line dancing and two-step, all courtesy of resident expert Lisa Spangler. Fire Dog hosts both DJ dance parties and high-energy country bands, instead of ones that only play sad songs about Taylor Swift leaving country music.
Fueling the revelry are Fire Dog's heaping plates of slow-smoked barbecue and bar foods, favorites such as wings, chargrilled Angus burgers, and brisket paired with collared greens. After a few bites of homemade banana pudding, guests flock back to the dance floor.