The high level of partying that takes place at America's Backyard is simply not sustainable over the course of a full week. The popular Fort Lauderdale nightclub seems to recognize this, staying open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. But on those three nights, all bets are off.
The club's atmosphere conjures the devil-may-care spirit of a house party that has spilled out onto the lawn. Revelers groove to party jams in an open-air yard and impress new acquaintances in games of beer pong and flip cup. All of this action revolves around a circular area known as The Pool, which is filled not with water but with bartenders. A bit off to the side, you'll find the Tool Shed Bar, which stocks a full range of craft beers along with hammers to break them open. The aromas of a sizzling grill hang above the fray, enticing dancers to take a break and indulge in ribs, hot dogs, and sliders.
Club Euro?aims for a classic nightclub experience, from the sleek white interior to the cocktail-attire-only dress code to the bottle service in curtained cabanas. And, of course, the music: a dance-ready brew of Top 40 hits, house, reggae, hip-hop, reggaeton, bachata, and salsa. Staff say they often serve local celebrities, sports stars, and actors passing through town. Multiple rooms allow for varying the mood of your evening out, and a special area overlooking the dance floor makes VIPs feel extremely VI.
Downtown BBQ Bar keeps its priorities straight. That means rib tips, baby back ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and wings are served all day. A breakfast bar and lunch specials make appearances throughout the day, but Chef Rene St Fleury takes his barbecue seriously. He perfected the art of cooking from a young age, learning from his mother while growing up in Haiti. To pair with all the ribs, chicken, and brisket, Chef Rene cooks up plenty of mac and cheese, coleslaw, greens, and other sides that can be dished up as single servings or as large as a half-pan. Family meals of ribs, chicken, and sides feed anywhere from 8 to 20 of your closest relatives or fellow bus commuters.
Green Room serves as a hub for culture and high society to dance, chat, and sip a panoply of delectable libations. Start out the night with a thirst-slaking PBR ($2), or opt for classier suds from the selection of nearly 50 craft beers ($4–$7). Green Room’s mixologists shake up mixed drinks from behind a full bar ($5–$10). Check the website for a list of diverse events, including indie and electro dance parties beneath the club's vibrant green floodlights as well as live concerts, burlesque performances, and fashion shows. Club-goers can also sip their libations while watching live paintings or tote their beverages through a newly installed bi-level art gallery.
After naming ROK:BRGR the best burger joint in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach in 2011, the New Times Broward-Palm Beach repeated the honor in 2012. "If you take apart" one of the restaurant's 17 handcrafted burgers, the paper claimed, and "dissect it into its basic components, you'll figure out why ROK:BRGR deserves this award."
Said components are all local and farm-to-table, from artisan cheese to certified Angus beef. To crown his beef patties, Chef Robbyns Martinez uses everything from chorizo and red-onion marmalade to cave-aged gruyère, which is harvested by spelunking cows. Besides beef, ROK:BRGR's specialties include a free-range turkey burger topped with baby arugula and an ahi-tuna burger drizzled with wasabi mayo.
Innovative twists on comfort food round out the menu, from lobster corn dogs to bacon-infused Kobe meatloaf. Bacon reappears on ROK:BRGR's roster of handmade cocktails, which includes an updated old fashioned made with bacon-infused Maker's Mark. Along with cocktails, more than 65 domestic craft beers can accompany meals.
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