There's a lot to see at Piano Hollywood: rows and rows of wine glasses glinting above the bar, classic Rat Pack photos stretched along the wall, and a bar floor built to resemble piano keys. But the attention generally drifts to the back of the room, where a stage hosts a rotating lineup of jazz, blues, rock, and spoken-word performances. Music programmer Brendan O'Hara often plays here, and when he's not, he's inviting top-notch musicians he met while spending more than a decade touring throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean.
But if you listen closely, underneath the blare of a trumpet or the beat of a snare drum you'll hear the rhythmic, metallic rattle of cocktails being shaken behind the bar. There, bartenders blend classic old fashioneds and capahrinhas with the exacting nature of a piano player keying an intricate jazz solo. They also prepare locally sourced seasonal drinks?such as a brown-sugar daiquiri with 7-year-aged rum?which are ferried to candlelit tables surrounded by chic white-leather chairs.
During the boisterous shows at Sopranos Dueling Piano bar, pianists take the stage and play popular tunes as audience members clap, dance, and sing along. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out 24 varieties of beer and an array of colorful cocktails—including the frozen margarita lauded by reporters from South Florida Sun-Sentinel for providing "the perfect amount of pucker." Servers bustle about the tabletops in the dimly lit space, balancing trays of wings, burgers, and coconut shrimp with sweet-chili dipping sauce.
Hookahs and hula hoop dancers are common sights at Kaos Ultra Lounge. The club's swanky interior lends itself to casual nights out, with bottle service that abounds with drinks from brands such as Grey Goose and Jose Cuervo. A food menu presents desserts such as chocolate molten-lava cake and cheesecake, which diners can enjoy as they relax in booths or enjoy trivia and other events.
A 1,200-gallon aquarium greets diners as soon as they enter Tokyo Blue, an upscale Pan-Asian restaurant located inside the Ocean Manor. Situated on 200 feet of private beach, this elegant eatery features modern flourishes such as glowing glass columns, glossy blue floors, and a full bar illuminated by blue lights. Once the clock strikes 10:30 p.m., a DJ helps transform this chic space into a hopping nightclub, where patrons can refuel with a late-night menu or journey onto a second-story patio ideal for basking in the ocean air and high-fiving the occasional flying fish.
Against this trendy backdrop, Chef Mai—who earned his cooking chops at the popular Miami restaurant Nobu—simmers tenderloin in green curry, drizzles shichimi butter on baked Maine lobster, and pan-sears Chilean sea bass in 25-year aged balsamic and teriyaki sauce. Meanwhile, sushi chef Jo skillfully assembles 30 specialty rolls, including classics such as the California roll as well as eclectic mash-ups such as the Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, avocado, spicy mayo, cream cheese, and sesame seeds.
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.
Seventh Street Wine Company's shop and lounge puts 2,500 varietals at the fingertips of eager enophiles, thanks to Italian-made machines that dispense pours by the ounce. Guests simply swipe a drink card to gain access to pours from 20 global regions including California, Slovenia, and Uruguay. The shop's events supply more tasting opportunities, and its stock of bottled wines—ranging from reds and whites to dessert and rice—can be enjoyed at home with friends or adrift at sea with a thirsty whale.