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.
The silent church seems to lean in with anticipation as Dr. Karen Kennedy raises her arm into the air. With a graceful flick of her baton, the artistic director of Master Chorale of South Florida—an accomplished conductor and teacher—coaxes forth the opening strains of Bach’s Magnificat from the flock of singers and musicians in front of her, weaving their voices into a tapestry of crescendos and soaring notes. Since its creation in 2002, Master Chorale of South Florida has performed their awe-inspiring concerts in churches, cathedrals, and high schools across South Florida, delighting audiences with a diverse choral repertoire. Audiences can expect to hear many musical periods represented in each performance, from the baroque stylings of Handel to Debussy’s impressionistic melodies and Aaron Copland’s epic pieces that blend traditional American folk songs with traditional Bruce Springsteen hits.
Joyful bellows resonate throughout the multileveled brick structure of hilarity, which boasts a first floor bar that is steps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, a second floor comedy club, and a rooftop party area. A sizely photo of Animal House alumni overlooks patrons as they indulge in non-school spirits, while laughter is muffled by mouthfuls of burgers, wings, and more from the menu of all-American eats. Combine comedy with comestibles and see stand-up performances from the likes of Clyde Gordon and Oni Perez who bust guts faster than eating 10 Farber College angus smash burgers ($5.99 single, $7.99 double). See full schedule of performances.
Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre has helped Florida's students hone their theatrical skills since 1952. Catering to aspiring thespians ages 4 to 18, the company's classes, camps, and shows sharpen acting chops for futures spent onstage or pretending to be a CEO. Older students also get a chance to learn about behind-the-scenes work, taking jobs as assistant directors, technicians, and crew members in the regular productions.
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.