The humor ambassadors of the Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club stock their Oakland Park stage with snickers and snorts as audiences savor the jokes of headlining local and national comedians. Shirking the detached feel of stuffy theaters, smoky halls, and abandoned wells, Fort Lauderdale Comedy Club grants audiences an intimate standup comedy experience as fans catch every punch line and smell every punch breath. The ever-changing calendar features a solid crew of human antidepressants, such as funnyman and Comedy Central Laugh Riots semifinalist Danny Johnson (January 27–28), who cooks up buffets of hee-haws with his observational humor and everyman appeal. Funny bones flee their ligaments as Shawn Banks (February 10–11) deposits hefty loads of family-fun humor and impressions into his engaging live-wire act. Groups of two or four can chase down meaty laughs with wine and beer or a refreshing, alcohol-free soda. Dress codes are comfortable and casual, and all hecklers will be shunned and turned into chum.
Legends Tavern & Grille pairs its menu of eclectically inspired pub cuisine and hearty finger foods with a selection of craft beers from foreign and domestic breweries. Although the cooks forge familiar comfort foods, such as beer-battered Alaskan cod, they also use culinary creativity to keep the menu fresh and their spatulas motivated. Burgers come topped with everything from goat cheese to mojo pulled pork, and housemade crab cakes are served with a roasted-red-pepper rémoulade. In addition to the food and drink menus, the tavern entices patrons with special events throughout the week, including live entertainment on Friday and pub trivia on Wednesday.
The chefs at The Manor, a trendy nightclub fused with an upscale restaurant, craft a menu of surf-and-turf and elegant fusion cuisine. Diners can catch seaborne centerpieces such as the chili-rubbed firewood salmon ($10.95) and release them into the brooks, bayous, and unmanned water parks that comprise the human body’s 80% H2O makeup. Grilled Korean-style short ribs backstroke in a citrus-soy-chili marinade before basking on plates ($11.95), and the raspberry seared scallops partner with mixed greens that add to pulchritudinous stomach-wall gardens ($11.95). Diners can chase bites down esophageal tunnels with drinks, including Grey Goose–driven concoctions such as the Godiva-laced orange espresso martini ($12).
Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.
The blue flicker from 60 TVs illuminates dark wood and exposed brick walls, where 18 HDTVs line up in single file. Here at All Stars Sports Bar & Grill, sports fans catch every play, every winning shot, and every victory dance. The multitude of TVs means guests have optimal views as they dig into classic pub eats from dark-red booths. Grillmasters crown fresh certified Angus-beef burgers with a variety of cheeses and condiments, coat wings in nine zesty sauces, and load kaiser rolls with everything from slow-smoked pork to blackened philly chicken. Serenaded by live DJs, the kitchen churns out its hearty grub until 4 a.m. to satisfy the late-night burger cravings of somnambulists.
Pro-Am Dance Studio trains students in the art of dance with 25 professional teachers, a wide range of styles, and classes for all ages and levels, all taught in a 5,200-square-foot dance studio. Children as young as 3 can immerse themselves in rhythm with one-hour classes that switch between tap, ballet, and acrobatics, preparing tots for futures performing onstage or leading plucky bands of Juilliard-trained street toughs. Older kids can opt to branch out into other body-moving disciplines such as jazz, hip-hop, and pointe. Adults can take advantage of ballet, yoga, tap, and hip-hop classes, whether they’ve only recently grown their first set of twinkle toes or have spent years honing their skills to distract their feet from the constant mockery of their hands. Classes are scheduled Monday–Saturday, and students can attend as many sessions as they like throughout the duration of their Groupon.