Fort Lauderdale's Best Bars & Clubs

Fort Lauderdale has got an excellent variety of bars and clubs | Courtesy of Sam Howzit/Flickr
Fort Lauderdale has got an excellent variety of bars and clubs | Courtesy of Sam Howzit/Flickr
Photo of Laurence Kidd
9 February 2017

Fort Lauderdale is often referred to as the Venice of America (due to it intracoastal water channels and extensive canal system) and is affectionately considered Miami’s laid-back sister city. Tourists and locals have been partying in Fort Lauderdale for years, whether it’s on the beach, downtown, or in one of the many hidden spots that are spattered around the sprawling urban area that we refer to as Greater Fort Lauderdale. Here, discover our list of bars and clubs that epitomize the youthful exuberance of Fort Lauderdale.

The Elbo Room

This Fort Lauderdale beach bar is a landmark. Known by residents and eternally glorified by anyone who’s been there, The Elbo Room has been a go-to place for over 75 years. This bar was established in 1938 and taken over by WWII sailors in the 1940s, and was later patronized by the famous spring breakers from the 1950s to the 80s. The Elbo room is also credited with creating the world’s first fully interactive entertainment network. Now, offers its subscribers an array of live, full motion cameras with sound and includes a live beach camera that allows users to view the weather for the day — and the many scantily clad beachgoers! Head down Las Olas Boulevard; The Elbo Room is ready to provide you with all of the key ingredients to a killer beach day or night out.

The Elbo Room, 241 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 463 4615

SoFL beach institution

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Rhythm & Vine

In keeping with the laid-back style of partying that Fort Lauderdale is known for, we take you to downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Rhythm & Vine, where #justchill is the prevailing vibe. A relatively recent addition to the downtown bar scene, Rhythm and Vine is quickly becoming one of the most popular hangout spots in all of South Florida. It has done a wonderful job of creating a backyard atmosphere with a beautiful layout, as well as incorporating designs and decorations that make you feel like you’ve been taken to a remote tropical gathering. The drinks are not overly priced like they are in Miami and they taste just as good. And, did we mention the food trucks?! They’re exactly what you need after a few pints of beer and the obligatory shot of tequila that your overly ambitious friend bought for the whole group.

Rhythm & Vine, 401 NE 5th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 533 3734

Dogs & Football kinda Sunday! #feelgoodmusic by @mishasamson & #grub by @mckitchens954 #justchill

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America’s Backyard

If you’re looking for a party atmosphere with space to dance, then look no further — America’s Backyard is South Florida’s largest 21 and up outdoor party. With 15,000 square feet to work with, America’s Backyard features a fun and interactive outside facility located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Whether it’s ladies hula hooping on the bar or a live band playing on the main stage, this is a home away from home for the collegiate crowd that loves to get wild until the early morning hours.

America’s Backyard, 100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 449 1025

We're in Ft. Laudy & we like to party! The final stop of the #chargeontour gets underway at 6pm! #⚡️🔛

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Capones Night Club

Be warned: this place gets rowdy! Boasting the hottest shot girls and bartenders in Florida, Capones is a solid choice for a night of drinking, dancing and hollering at the beautiful ladies of Fort Lauderdale. With 3 for 1 drink specials, there’s no better place to go out if you want to save your money but still be able to enjoy yourself. It’s not a huge club, and the owners are totally okay with that; Capones prides itself on being a small club with a big attitude. Ironically, there’s a relaxed atmosphere amidst the loud music and crowded dance floor, letting everybody feel comfortable doing their own thing and having fun in the process.

Capones Night Club, 310 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 394 8492

Saturday night is here! #caponesfl #upshow #capones #ftlauderdale #club #florida sofla

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Cyn Night Club

Cyn Night Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale is all about bringing Vegas to South Florida. It’s not uncommon to encounter a large line of people waiting to get in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. This night club is known for having great deals, such as $20 unlimited wells drinks! Walk inside and feel the energy of South Florida’s youth doing all they can to have a good time. The interior design is full of flare and vibrant blue lights; you literally feel as if you’ve entered a Vegas night club when you walk through the doors at Cyn. The music is always on point and the ladies are there in numbers — in other words, have fun, gentlemen!

Cyn Night Club, 111 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 761 8686

Ladies Night!

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Blue Martini Lounge

Located at the Galleria Mall on Sunrise Boulevard, Blue Martini is an upscale tapas bar and lounge. This place is known to be for the slightly older and more sophisticated community of Fort Lauderdale. Champagne and martinis are in abundance and the tapas menu is world class. This is a stylish place with daily specials, and Blue Martini is ideally situated on the ground floor of Fort Lauderdale’s nicest mall; when you’re tired of shopping, just drop your bags off in the car and pop into Blue Martini with your friends for a cheeky drink and a bite to eat.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, 2432 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA +1 954 653 2583

By Laurence Kidd

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