Bars and Clubs Guide 2014: Broward County

The Alibi
2266 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
(954) 565-2526
http://alibiwiltonmanors.com
http://facebook.com/alibi.wiltonmanors

The Alibi in Wilton Manors is a staple of the community that everybody locally knows. Opening in 1997, and recently purchased by the owners of Monkey Bar in P-town, it still has its long-time traditions with improvements to bring you a great mix of food, drink, and entertainment.

The outdoor patio is a great place for sharing a meal in the fabulous South Florida weather with friends. Go inside for tasty cocktails, watch the game, enjoy the music videos, and mingle with the crowd. There are food and drink specials every day. Happy Hour (2-for-1) is Monday through Friday until 9 p.m.

The locally famous “Long Island Iced Tea Night” is on Thursdays starting at 9 p.m. Wednesday nights bring you local community icon Nikki Adams to the main stage with Billboard reporter VJ Barry Bowder to host the insane “Game Show Night.” Or relax in the Manchester Room on Saturday with the zany and talented local cabaret performer Jennifer McClain.

Check out their web site and Facebook page for a complete listing of all their weekly events.

– Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Bill’s
2209 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL
954-567-5978
http://billsfillingstation.com
http://facebook.com/billswiltonmanors

Bill’s was originally established in 1995 on NE 11th Ave in Fort Lauderdale, but relocated to its current location in 2007 in the heart of Wilton Manors.

Right in the middle of all the action, Bill’s is best known for its Friday night “Growl” bear night. The property has a large main stage and dance floor area, and a smaller room called Mustang Lounge, where the smooth jazzy sounds of “Tony And Gloria” can be heard weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays get stirred up with karaoke at 9 p.m. Misty Eyez and “Tranny Palace” perform their flavor of female impersonation every Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Lots of drink specials all week long including their 2-for1 Happy Hour Monday through Friday until 9 p.m.

The second Saturday of every month brings you “DILF” night, a night of leather/levi cruising with world-famous Herbie James in the DJ booth.

Pool tables, dartboards, and a tasty bar menu complete the experience. Smoking permitted, this large venue has something for everyone. Check their website or Facebook page for their complete schedule, and list of special events.

– Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Boardwalk Bar
1721 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale
954-463-6969
BoardwalkBar.com

Open since 2002, staff says Boardwalk Bar is known for a hot commodity: their male strippers. With dancers hitting the stage every night, drag queens take over the microphones as MCs to lead the crowd into a frenzy of fun. But that’s not all the bar has to offer -- Happy Hour runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. every single day with two-for-one specials.

Karaoke is set up on Wednesday nights, and with the cover, guests can indulge in 75-cent drinks from 9 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday night, move your hips with the beats of Latin Night, including $4 margaritas and Coronas, as well as karaoke. If you’re looking for delicious bites, owner Victor Zepka has got you covered with their dining option, Beefcake’s Grills, serving burgers, wraps, salads and more with daily specials.

-- Christiana Lilly

Shannon and Anthony’s Corner Pub
1915 N. Andrews Avenue
Wilton Manors
954-564-7335
http://cornerpubbar.com
http://facebook.com/ShannonAnthonysCornerPub

Neighborhood bars are not dead, not by a long shot. And for more than four years, Shannon and Anthony’s Corner Pub is just one of the bunch that thrive in our area. Happy hour is every day from opening until 9:30 p.m. and there are themed drink specials and events going on every day of the week. For example, Thursday nights after 9:30 p.m. is $2 Skyy night, or shirtless happy hour on Monday nights at 9:30 p.m. (Though, as of this writing, we hear that a new weekly schedule is coming soon, so check with their sites for the latest!)  

Being one of the many bars that host the local gay bar pool league on Tuesday nights, Corner Pub has two pool tables, as well as a jukebox, and TVs. Be sure to watch out for annual events and fundraisers, this place does a lot of community fundraising and gatherings that aren’t on the typical gay radar. Smoking is permitted, and they are open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz

Cubby Hole
823 N Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale
954-728-9001
http://thecubbyhole.com
http://Facebook.com/pages/Cubby-Hole-Bar/85947929085

The Cubby Hole is another great example of the local neighborhood bar scene (or should I say, bear scene) as it prides itself as “The best little butch bar in Fort Lauderdale.” Being close to downtown Fort Lauderdale, this place gets a great daytime lunch crowd all week long. And they serve pretty darn good food to boot, such as burgers and fries, munchies, and more, all day until 9 p.m. But don’t be fooled, their nighttime crowd is just as good. They have different themed drink specials throughout the week after their daily happy hour, which is until 9 p.m. Examples of weekly fare include Underwear Night, Bare Bear Chest Night, Moht’s Stoli Party Sunday, and more. They have a pool table, jukebox, and smoking is permitted. They’re open every day at 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. on Sundays, and close 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the most up-to-the-minute happenings, and their website for more information.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz

Funky Buddha
1201 NE 38th St. Oakland Park
954-440-0046
FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com

The second location of the Funky Buddha name (the original bar is in Boca Raton), at just a year old the brewery has become the place to be for lovers of craft beer — and bears. Although not a traditional gay bar, Tuesdays have turned into bear night for the gay community, calling themselves Bears for Beer. The spot is constantly bringing in new local flavors, celebrating with tap parties and inviting the whole community out to try the newest beers. Food trucks are parked outside so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach, and other special events include Om Brew Yoga sessions and weekend tours of the 40,000-square-foot brewery for just $5 (you get to keep your Funky Buddha glass too!). What else do we have to sell you on?

- Christiana Lilly

Gregarious Drinkery
2033 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
754-779-7399
GregariousDrinkery.com

One of the newest destinations on busy Wilton Drive is Gregarious Drinkery. Open just a few months, Gregarious is an oasis from the bustling drive, decorated in natural stone, dark wood and tactile surfaces. The environment is modern and clean, just like a tangy cosmopolitan. But whether you prefer a simple beer or the latest concoction from the bar’s talented mixologists, your quench will be satisfied. Best of all, Gregarious offers 2-for-1 Happy Hour specials all week long.

If you’d like a bite to eat, Gregarious is also an eatery. The menu includes salads, freshly made potato chip and hand-cut fry baskets, and their signature Reuben fritters, a delicious sandwich in two bites with a unique Russian dressing dipping sauce. For heartier meals, the chef serves up fresh Angus beef and turkey burgers, fish tacos, savory flatbread pizzas topped with gourmet ingredients and tasty pastas.

Theme nights feature margaritas on Mondays, “Therapy” Tuesdays, Island City Punch Wednesdays and Cosmopolitan Thursdays. Diva headlines “Who’s the Bitch with the Microphone” on Sundays, “drag like you’ve never seen before,” featuring unscripted, spontaneous and interactive appearances by Diva and her friends and offering the audience the opportunity to select the music.

-- JW Arnold
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Hunters Fort Lauderdale
2232 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
954-630-3556
http://huntersfortlauderdale.com
http://Facebook.com/huntersfl

When Patrick Volkert and Mark Hunter took over the old Boom nightclub, they knew exactly what they were doing. Hunters Nightclub is an awesome, new vibe on the drive that will get you shaking your booty on the weekends, and relaxing during the week.

The remodeled lounge side is a flavor of greater taste and sophistication, while the dance floor side is a little bit louder, and with a better utilized lighting package than its predecessor, making it a much more energized dance experience. Their motto is “Spirits Elevated”, and they certainly live up to it.

Weekly events include Karaoke Mondays and Tuesday at 9 p.m., DJ SOL supplies the music for “Fur Fridays”, an early evening bear gathering from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., and the fabulous performances of Cabaret Wednesdays starting at 9 p.m. Get rid of that Sunday hangover with the Bloody Mary bar, available on Sundays from Noon to 6 p.m.

A personal favorite for many is the ultimate in disco, the Classic 54 Hi Tea Dance, Sundays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., featuring the best in disco played by none other than DJ Richie Rich, and get a drink from an original Studio 54 bartender, local mixologist Sal DeFalco. Check their web site and Facebook page for a complete guide to their weekly and special events.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Infinity Lounge
2184 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
754-223-3619
http://infinityloungefl.com/
http://Facebook.com/InfinityLoungeFL

Ask anyone in the area where to go for good martinis, and more often than not, Infinity Lounge is the local favorite that everyone seems to answer. One of the newer bars on the scene, this is not your average t-shirt wearin’ watering hole. Designed with an industrial elegance of polished concrete and sparkling chandeliers, this is definitely a place that screams “upscale” without the attitude.

The feel of the casual, yet sophisticated ambience, combined with a wide variety of martinis, (many served with creative fresh ingredients…) featured cocktails, and friendly staff, make it a great place to loosen up before or after a special date. It’s also a great place to visit regularly to wind down after a long day at the office. (Nothing says “relax” like a good tropical martini!)

The interior is intimate, and there is outdoor seating on the front sidewalk. Along with their cocktails, they also carry many wines and craft beers. Happy Hour is every day from 3 to 9 p.m., plus other specials. Check their Facebook regularly for updated specials and highlighted drinks!

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Johnny’s Fort Lauderdale
1116 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale
954-522-5931
http://www.ilovejohnnys.com/
http://Facebook.com/JohnnysFans

For over 33 years, Johnny’s Fort Lauderdale has been serving up drinks and dancer boys to locals and tourists alike. Even today, there are dancers and entertainment every night of the week. The boys start shaking their thing at 5 p.m. daily. Sundays feature “Open Mic Karaoke” starting at 9:30 p.m., and “Amateur Strip Contests” at midnight. Theme nights include “Man Crush Mondays”, “Boy Buffet Wednesdays”, and “Eden Thursdays”. Drink specials correspond with each night’s theme or event. There is a kitchen on premises, serving the usual bar cuisine of burgers and finger foods. A game room offers pool tables and arcade games. Smoking is permitted, and valet parking is available. Check their website for more information, and like their Facebook page for daily updates and happenings.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz

Lips Restaurant
1421 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33334
(954) 567-0987
http://lipsfla.com.

Lips is a drag cabaret and restaurant famous for its over the top shows and frozen cosmos. Differently themed shows are performed six nights a week. But the crowd favorite is Lips’ gospel brunch every Sunday with service at 11am or 1:30pm. “Our host Nicolette is the funniest!” says Lips Manager Sean Engler.

Lips is a favorite for large groups celebrating bachelorette parties, birthdays or other special occasions. “Any sort of celebration,” said Engler.

Expect some big laughs while you eat and drink. With performers including Miss Twat Larouge and Misty Eyez, what else would you expect? Those shows are the real reason you go to Lips, not the food. Besides the meal, there's a show charge that ranges from $5 to $10. Reservations are recommended for everyone; they are required for large groups.

-- Denise Royal

The Manor
2345 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
954-626-0082
http://www.themanorcomplex.com
http://facebook.com/ManorComplex 

Open on Friday and Saturday nights until 4 a.m., The Manor Complex is a piece of authentic South Florida club scene that’s right in our own back yard, in the heart of Wilton Manors. The property, (and yes, we can call it a “property”, it’s that big,) consists of indoor and outdoor spaces like none other in town. The multi-level “Epic Nightclub” is a scene right out of Hollywood, with massive speakers, world class DJ’s, and entertainers on the stage. VIP booths and bottle service are available for up to 15 people. And lets not forget the huge dance floor, hosting the “Bubblegum Fridays” and “Epic Saturdays” themes! Inside is like another nightclub inside a nightclub, the “Ultralounge” hosts the famous “Noche Latina Saturdays”, a local institution celebrating over 16 years, with the best in Latin music and entertainment in South Florida. And even more, another lounge area is here with a more traditional “bar” feel. The place is big, and it gets packed! Special events and performances happen on a regular basis. Check their Facebook and web pages for the latest happenings.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Mona’s
502 E. Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale,
954-525-6662
MonasBar.com

Easily identified as the bar by the train tracks, this 17-year-old bar is as unique as they come. Not only do they have drink specials every day and karaoke on Wednesdays, but owner Jerry Schultz has worked to create a sense of community at Mona’s. In its annual fundraiser in the name of a late manager, $10,000 was raised for the Pet Project this past July Fourth. Plus, with pet pageants, AIDS Walk fundraisers, adoption days, cookouts, and more. Perhaps the most highly anticipated event is the day after Christmas, where with the purchase of a drink, customers can choose a wrapped item from the back patio that Schultz collected from garage sales over the year -- he hides cash in the gifts too! “We run a nice class bar,” Schultz said. “I’m very proud to say I own that bar.”

- Christiana Lilly

Monkey Business Bar
2740 N. Andrews Ave., Wilton Manors
Call 954-514-7819
http://www.facebook.com/MonkeyBusinessBar

For those who like to monkey around in a relaxed environment, this is the spot for you. Monkey Business Bar offers a friendly neighborhood vibe with inexpensive drinks, especially for South Florida. The locale features a small stage, TVs, cute bartenders, and drink specials for just under three bucks a pop. Things liven up for the weekly karaoke fun on Wednesday nights. See if you can take the stage and belt out your best version of “Turn the Beat Around.” And the frequent drag shows provide hot, sensual entertainment for your weekend enjoyment. The bar operates as early as 7 a.m. and closes at 2 a.m.

-- Andrea Richard

Naked Grape Wine Bar
2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 33305
954-563-5631
http://www.nakedgrapewinebar.com

Remember Cheers - the TV bar where everyone knows your name? The Naked Grape Wine Bar on Wilton Drive may be as close as our area gets. The bar, which has been in business for eight years, serves a diverse crowd.

“We offer a comfortable, relaxed, cozy environment where people can talk with their partners, friends, or co-workers. The vibe is intimate without the disruption of TV or overly loud music. We often think of it as a "conversation bar," a place to relax and catch-up with those special people in your life. At night, the lights are low and the candles are lit to create an intimate environment. We also have a covered outdoor patio that is pet-friendly. It's a great spot to ‘people watch’ along the Drive,” said owners Caleb Ben-Avram and Tim Slivinski.

The most popular wines by far are any of the red blends. Currently a red blend called "Saved" is very popular, followed closely by the Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Blend and The Tentacle. 

Naked Grape also offers an amazing artisan cheese list as well as fresh, made to order tapas offerings. Everything is made fresh to order. The best nights to go are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

-- Denise Royal
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

PJ’s Cock & Tails
2340 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
954-368-5516
www.pjscornerpocket.com

Dubbed as Fort Lauderdale’s only “interracial club,” this venue is touted as the first Black owned and run bar in Wilton Manors. The bar promotes an open-minded vibe in which all walks of life are welcome. Inside, patrons will find a relaxing lounge where the music won’t dominate your conversation. Want to get philosophical with that cutie you just met on a cushy couch? PJ’s Cock & Tails is a good choice. This full-service bar opened in January 2014, and has exposed concrete walls yielding an artsy and loft like feel. Happy hour occurs from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday evenings are when to find a good karaoke show.

-- Andrea Richard

Progress Bar
2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
954-533-4916
www.ProgressBarSouthFlorida.com

“Without deviation from the norm, PROGRESS is not possible.”

Wilton Drive’s newest club, which opened on Labor Day, is, like Hunters, part of a chain of gay bars that began somewhere else. The first Progress Bar opened in Chicago’s “Boystown” a year ago, and was soon followed by the Phoenix Bar and Nightclub in the Chicago suburbs near O’Hare Airport. Wilton Manor’s Progress Bar is located at the site of the now-defunct New Moon Lounge, in its day the Drive’s only lesbian bar.

Justin Romme is General Manager of Progress Bar. He describes Progress as “beautiful yet welcoming,” “non-pretentious,” and “a fun place to come.” Though Progress is primarily a gay men’s bar, it welcomes women who still yearn for the old days at the New Moon. They need not fret, for every Wednesday night Progress hosts “Ladies Night,” also known as “New Moon at Progress,” which features a familiar crowd and three former bartenders from the New Moon.

Like its Chicago counterparts, Progress Bar promises its patrons “a unique blend of talent that creates the incredible Progress Bar experience,” with “an expansive floor plan.” This “expansive floor plan” includes a well-decorated main bar with TV screens that show the latest music videos. Progress also has “the nicest Patio Bar on the Drive” and even its own parking lot – a plus for those of us have trouble finding parking space during peak bar hours. Though Romme is still “working out what our programs are going to be,” he says Progress will host its share of special events. Romme and Progress already plan to sponsor a local gay football team and to take part in the annual “Wicked Manors” Halloween street fair. All in all, Progress Bar promises to bring a “Chicago feel” to the Drive, from one of America’s first “Boystowns” to the newest one. Hours: Mon-Thur 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri-Sat 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.; Sun 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.

— Jesse Monteagudo

Ramrod
1508 NE 4th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale
954-763-8219
http://ramrodbar.com
http://facebook.com/RamrodFortLauderdale

Every major city has a leather/Levi/uniform bar, and here in South Florida, ours is the Ramrod. Located just a few blocks south on Wilton Drive, which turns into 4th Avenue, Ramrod is everything you would expect. It’s dark, edgy, they have a DJ seven nights a week, it’s quite loud, and it’s packed with sweaty shirtless men.

During the day, it’s your typical neighborhood butch bar, with a 2-for-1 happy hour that lasts from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. They have a patio bar that opens at 6 p.m., and a different theme every night of the week. Notable nights include the insane LEATHER/Fetish/gear Fridays with world famous DJ Herbie James, Saturdays are “Packed to the Rafters,” bringing caged hunks dancing at midnight, “Rock Hard Undies Night” on Tuesdays brings rock music and men in underwear, and lots more.

Of course, smoking is permitted, and cigars and pipes are very common! Hugely popular monthly events include “Pig Dance” on the first Saturday of the month, and Enforced Dress Code (EDC) on the patio every third Sunday of the month 9 p.m. to midnight. Check out their website for a full schedule, and their Facebook page for daily happenings and announcements.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz

Rosie’s Bar and Grill
2449 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL
954-563-0123
http://rosiesbng.com
http://Facebook.com/RosiesBarAndGrill

Rosie’s Bar and Grill is one of the most popular places in town for casual food and drink for tons of reasons. With its open interior, and shaded outdoor seating, it’s a great place to enjoy the local tropical weather year round. Though there is single seating at the bar, most people come here on dates or in groups, and it’s a great place to celebrate a small birthday party, or even bring your straight friends.

The atmosphere and staff are very happy and up beat, and the food and drinks are fantastic. The menu is themed, unique and fun, with options like “Rhoda Cowboy,” their BBQ bacon cheddar cheeseburger, or the “Young Ranch Hand,” a grilled chicken breast sandwich with bacon, Swiss, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing. But there is much more than just sandwiches. There’s “Big Girl Plates”, (full meals…) “Bowls of Stuff”, (variety of specialty salads…) and even a “Guilt-Free Menu”. There really is something for everyone here, with a variety of main ingredients featured, such as shrimp, chicken, beef, and more.

Happy hour is Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7p.m., as well as many other drink specials throughout the week. Their full menu is available online at their website.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Rumors Bar and Grill
2426 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
954-565-8851
http://www.rumorsbarwiltonmanors.com
http://facebook.com/pages/Rumors-Bar-Grill/322936497806515

Another one of the “newer” places on the drive is Rumors Bar and Grill. It fits the bill as an everyday video bar and gathering place that has a different special or theme every day. Inside, Hobo’s Grill serves up your favorite bar cuisine, but we hear the Alligator Bites are quite the awesome, popular “go-to”. 2-for-1 Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Thursdays from open-to-close, which is also considered “Lady’s Night”. This bar also has a jukebox, pool table, DJs, karaoke in the “Red Room” Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m., and weekly entertainment, including The Daisy Deadpetals Show, Fridays at 11 p.m. and midnight. Other happenings include Sunday Mimosas and Bloody Marys specially priced from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays have the After Dark High Energy Dance Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Check their websites for a full calendar of regular events, latest bar ads, and Hobo’s food menu. And don’t forget their Facebook page for daily happenings.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Scandals Saloon
3073 NE 6th Ave
Wilton Manors
954-567-2432
http://scandalsfla.com

Scandals Saloon is South Florida’s only gay country bar, offering generous cocktails, with happy hour prices daily until 9 p.m., and all day Sunday. There’s a $10 beer bust starting Sundays 3 p.m. till close.

There is an outdoor bar and patio, and smoking is permitted. Friday and Saturday nights are an open dance floor for country two stepping and line dancing starting at 9 p.m. till close. The large outdoor patio also brings DJs on Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m., and for Sunday Tea from 4 till 11p.m. Sundays at 9 p.m. till 1 a.m., 2-Guys-On-A-Mic run the best in karaoke.

Beginners line dance lessons are Monday’s at 7 p.m., standard line dance lessons are Tuesdays at 7 p.m., line and two-step lessons on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and two-step lessons on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Quite frequently, when he’s not at his other bar, The Stable, you’ll see owner Ken Kelley sipping on his Absolut and tonic on the patio with his friends, which is practically everyone in the entire bar. It’s a large bar with a neighborhood feel you’re sure to enjoy, and it’s a great place to gather with friends, or meet new ones.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Sidelines
2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors
954-563-8001
SidelinesSports.com

For nearly nine years, this is the place where the LGBT community comes to get their sports fix. With 24 TVs airing almost any sport you can think of, countless dart boards, and pool tables, owner Laurie Wittaker has created the Cheers of Wilton Manors. With football season starting up, drinks specials are planned during games, including beer and liquor deals on Monday Night Football, draft and bottle specials during college games on Saturdays, and Sunday beer buckets. Plus, throughout the week there are always pool, darts and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments to jump in on, and starting September 1 customers can indulge in three-for-one drink specials during Friday Happy Hour, 4 to 6 p.m.

-- Christiana Lilly
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Smarty Pants
2400 East Oakland Park Blvd. # 101
Fort Lauderdale
954-561-1724
www.smartypantsbar.com

Hours: Mon-Thur 9-2 a.m., Fri 9-3 a.m., Sat 8-3 a.m., Sun noon-2 a.m.

Smarty Pants is “the oldest ‘alternative lifestyle’ bar in Fort Lauderdale,” according to owner Mark Tison, serving our community for more than 30 years. Before Tison bought and renamed the bar in September 2003, it was The Bushes; before that it was Little Jim’s; and before that it was Simba’s Lounge: a “gay speakeasy” where closeted gays would gather discretely to drink and socialize.

Today Smarty Pants continues to be a home away from home for many gay men. Tison calls it “the ‘Cheers’ of Fort Lauderdale, where everyone knows your name.” Smarty Pants regulars are fiercely loyal, and most would not go anywhere else. Tison and his staff return the favor, keeping most of their regulars’ names and phone numbers on file. Even when a regular moves out of town he maintains his ties. According to Tison, all a regular has to do when he comes back to visit is to call Smarty Pants ahead of time and he and his staff will be at the bar, waiting for his arrival.

Smarty Pants attracts a variety of gay men, along with a few women. (“We are straight-friendly and lesbian-friendly.”) It is a full liquor bar but beer is most regulars’ drink of choice. It allows smoking but also employs two smoke-eaters, which allow us to breathe. Smarty Pants’ most popular feature is its daily Happy Hour, which runs until 8 p.m. except Sunday - where it runs until closing for all - and Monday - where it runs until closing for those who are “in the biz.” Another popular Smarty Pants feature is Karaoke Zone, hosted by Don Casteel, which goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Karaoke is followed on Sundays by Bingo, a popular fundraiser for local AIDS charities. Smarty Pants also serves Saturday morning breakfast, for those who survived Friday night.

Smarty Pants is also famous for its Special Event Weekends. Its next one is “Trailer Trash Weekend” (Aug. 22-24), with a special Saturday afternoon show. Smarty Pants celebrates its 11th birthday with a festive “Anniversary Weekend” (Sept. 19-21), including a Classic Car Show on Sunday afternoon.

-- Jesse Monteagudo

Swinging Richards
1350 SW 2nd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
954.876.1129
http://florida.swingingrichards.com.

If you enjoy a wide variety of music like 80’s, Techno and House and don’t mind chugging back a tasty cocktail, Swinging Richards might be your kind of place.   Did I mention there would be totally naked men? (Hence the name.)

The most popular nights to go are Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Wednesdays, it’s free to get in. “The more you drink, the prettier the boys get,” says Swinging Richards General Manager Matt Colunga. “And they are great looking to begin with,” he said.

Swinging Richards caters to a gay male crowd. Women are welcome as long as they have a male escort.

August 2014 marks the club’s one-year anniversary at its Pompano Beach location. Management had a highly publicized battle with city officials in North Miami and eventually decided to relocate in Broward. Thus far, things appear to be working out.

“The club is nice. The boys are hot. Our customers are friendly and we’re able to give back to the community,” says Colunga.

Hours of operation are 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. from Wednesday through Sunday. Once fall picks up, it will reopen on Tuesdays again.

-- Denise Royal

The Stable
205 E Oakland Park Blvd
Oakland Park, FL
954-565-4506
http://stablefla.com

The Stable, sister property to Scandals Saloon, offers the same generous cocktails as its sibling with happy hour prices until 9 p.m. daily, and all day Sunday. This neighborhood bar permits smoking, and has an outdoor patio, pool table and a dartboard. But unlike other neighborhood bars, this place has something going on almost all the time. “Underbear Tuesdays” at 8 p.m., and Comedy Campo Bingo with Miss Candy Cornhole on Wednesdays 8:30 p.m., both offer an evening of fun and prizes. 2-Guys-On-A-Mic karaoke on Fridays at 8 p.m. will make you feel like a star, and some of the finest female impersonation entertainment on Saturdays starting with Lady Fancy at 9 p.m., and continuing with “Sloppy Seconds” with Jessica Channing. The drink of the week is a Bloody Mary, on Sundays the infamous Russell. There is so much packed into this little place, we can’t fit it all here. Check their website for full details of their weekly schedule.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Tropics Piano Bar and Restaurant
2000 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors
954-537-6000
http://tropicswm.com
http://facebook.com/pages/Tropics-Restaurant-Wilton-Manors/164769376897895

Tropics has been serving the more mature patrons in our community for more than 20 years, with its great mix of food, spirits, personalities, and entertainment. Though, these days, you will find all sorts of people visiting this Wilton Manors institution. The restaurant is a great place to have a date, or to enjoy one of the many weekly specials. The most popular include 2-for-1 meal menus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Prime Rib night on Wednesdays, and the Sunday Brunch. After your meal, grab a space at one of the three bars on the property for the best 2-for-1 happy hour anywhere, where it’s 2-for-1 drinks, all the time, all brands, 7 days a week. Lets not forget about the nightly entertainment. From the cool sounds of well known local personalities ‘Tony and Gloria’, to the festive piano of Ruben Gonzales, Tropics has a full schedule of entertainment. They even brought back Sunday evening karaoke at 7 p.m.! Check out their new website with the full daily schedule of entertainment, and check out their restaurant menus. Restaurant reservations are highly suggested via phone or their website. If you haven’t been back in a while, come visit soon, as they’re under new ownership, and doing quite well.

-- Dennis Jozefowicz
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz

Village Pub
2283 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors
VillagePubWM.com
754-200-5244

Ask co-owner Greg Phelps about the secret to Village Pub’s success and he will tell you it’s because he and his partners run the business like a family. Celebrating two years in October, Village Pub has become a popular destination for all segments of South Florida’s LGBT community.

“We view the bar as the community’s bar,” Phelps explained. “We’re the hosts of the party and there’s something for everyone.”

On Sundays, Village Pub hosts the popular Retro T-Dance (and on the last Sunday of the month, Menergy, a popular party with the bear community), Monday is Dragicide with Misty Eyez, Tuesdays feature show tunes and on Wednesdays, patrons enjoy karaoke with Two Guys and a Mic. High Energy Thursdays feature special guest performers, shows and dance music late into the evening.

Among the guest entertainers who have taken the Village Pub stage are Canada’s Miss Concepcion, Electra, “Sordid Lives” writer and comedian Del Shores and the musical duo Amy and Freddy, who helped the Village Pub celebrate their opening, first and second anniversaries.

“Everybody should find at least one night that is good for them,” Phelps promised, noting the bar also extends its 2-for-1 Happy Hour special into Saturdays.

-- JW Arnold
-Photo by Dennis Jozefowicz


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