Bars and Clubs Guide 2015: Broward County

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The Alibi
2266 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

The Alibi in Wilton Manors continues to carry on it traditions, while picking up a bunch of new nights this year. Opening in 1997, owner Jonny Pak of The Monkey Bar – Ptown, has proven that Alibi’s going to be here for years to come, bringing 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, mingle with the crowd, enjoy the music videos and dance on their new dance floor. 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. Sundays at 11:30 is Tranny Palace with Misty Eyez. And Fridays at 9 p.m., “Growl” bear night continues as it’s made it’s new home here. And there’s tons more. Check out their web site and Facebook page for a complete listing of all their weekly events.

-Dennis Jozefowicz

Boardwalk Bar
1721 N. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale

Open since 2002, Boardwalk Bar is known for keeping things hot with their male strippers. The dancers get on stage every night with drag queens serving as MCs for a night of good looking guys and plenty of laughs. But that’s not all the bar has to offer – there are drink specials every night and on Fridays and Saturdays, male entertainers 30 and older take over the show. Plus, 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.

-Chistiana Lilly

Shannon and Anthony’s Corner Pub
1915 N. Andrews Avenue
Wilton Manors

Neighborhood bars are not dead, not by a long shot. And for over 5 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. Being one of the many bars that host the local gay bar pool league on Tuesday nights, Corner Pub has 2 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. - 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 a.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.

-Dennis Jozefowicz

Cubby Hole
823 N Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale

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 8:30 p.m. But don’t be fooled, they’re 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, and more. They have a pool table, jukebox, and smoking is permitted. 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

The second location of the Funky Buddha name (the original bar is in Boca Raton), at just a few years old the brewery has become the place to be for lovers of craft beer — and pride. Although not a traditional gay bar, the first Tuesday of every month has evolved from a Bears for Beers night to an LGBT mixer – Proud to be Funky. The popular craft beer bar is constantly bringing in new local flavors, celebrating with tap parties and inviting the whole community out to try the newest pours. Food trucks are a mainstay outside on the street, and other special events include Om Brew Yoga sessions, trivia nights, yappy hours for pet owners, and weekend tours of the 40,000-square-foot brewery for just $5 (you get to keep your Funky Buddha glass too!).

- Christiana Lilly

Gym Sports Bar
2287 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

Rick Schmutzler understands the role sports play in our lives.

“It’s a great way for community building,” said Schmutzler, a former collegiate all-conference football player who has made a successful transition to the business world.

In August, Schmutzler opened Gym Sports Bar in Wilton Manors, bringing what has become a successful model in New York and Los Angeles to South Florida.

“I have amazing investors who know what makes a good bar,” Schmutzler said.

At the new Wilton Drive location, visitors can expect a casual environment to meet friends for drinks, chat with friendly bartenders and watch athletes tussle on television. There is a menu as well with food items ranging from burgers to wings to corn dogs.

“It’s your typical sports bar except it’s gay,” said Schmutzler, a Minnesota native, who played wide receiver at Concordia College in St. Paul.

Schmutzler said the bar is actively involved in the community through sponsorships of flag football, softball and kickball teams. He is also planning to host events featuring well known out sports stars.

Hours: Opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; Noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Closes at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

- John McDonald

Hunters Fort Lauderdale
2232 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

Hunters Nightclub is an awesome vibe on the drive that will get you shaking your booty on the weekends, and relaxing during the week. The lounge side is a flavor of greater taste and sophistication, serving up libations surrounded by the sound of music videos, or a live DJ, while the dance floor side is a little bit louder, and with a great new lighting package, making it a much more energized dance experience.

Their motto is “Spirits Elevated,” and they certainly live up to it. Weekly events include Lounge’o’Matic Wednesday with light house music during happy hour by DJ Chuck Knowels, while DJ SOL supplies the music for “Fur Fridays”, an early evening bear gathering from 4:30 to 9:30 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. Check their web site and Facebook page for a complete guide to their weekly and special events.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

Infinity Lounge
2184 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

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. 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

Le Boy
1243 NE 11th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale

If it is young well-built dancers you seek then look no further than Le Boy.

The nightclub caters to a mostly gay male clientele. It has an international flavor as many of the dancers claim foreign roots.

Owner Sean David moved his operations from Johnny’s on Broward Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale into what old timers may remember as the former home of Bill’s Filling Station. At Le Boy, David promises a personalized experience.

“We offer the best VIP service with hot international male models on stage,” David said.

The club routinely advertises a model search for cash prizes and encourages young, well built men to demonstrate their moves.

There is an inside area with stages and an outside patio where patrons can find drink specials, gourmet food options and friendly bartenders. For high rollers, Le Boy offers a VIP package and valet parking service. There is no cover charge, but patrons must be age 21 and over.

- John McDonald

Lips Restaurant
1421 E Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale

Nobody goes to Lips to eat, but the food may surprise you. The drag cabaret and restaurant is 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 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

“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. The week starts off Tuesday night with Lips’ Dragalicious show. Wednesday night is Bitchy Bingo. Thursday try Dinner with the Divas. Friday night is Diva’s Glitz and Glamour Review with an encore performance on Saturday. Sunday enjoy your Gospel Brunch or Dine with the Divas Sunday night. Besides the meal, there's a show charge that ranges from $5 to $10. There’s also a $15 per person food minimum at all tables. Saturday prime time shows require a $29 prix fix dinner for all guests but for Saturday’s late night show, the $15 minimum may include food or drink. Reservations are recommended for everyone; they are required for large groups.

- Jesse Monteagudo

The Manor
2345 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

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, featuring a new, out of this world light setup, 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 17 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 get’s packed! Special events and performances happen on a regular basis. Check their Facebook and web pages for the latest happenings.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

502 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale

There might be a number of neighborhood bars to get a drink after a long day, but Mona’s has had a loyal following for 18 years. Located by the train tracks and emblazoned with a friendly pup on the outside, owner Jerry Schultz gives away a free drink to the person who picks the right number whenever the train goes by. Schultz has worked to create a sense of community at Mona’s with its annual fundraiser in the name of a late manager, Pet Project, as well as 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!

- Christiana Lilly

Monkey Business Bar
2740 N. Andrews Ave.
Wilton Manors

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. Monkey Business has an outdoor patio area but smoking is allowed inside as well.

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.” Every Friday night is a different theme show, from Broadway to Disco to Cabaret and more. The frequent drag performances provide hot, sensual entertainment for your weekend enjoyment. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. 

- Jesse Monteagudo

Naked Grape Wine Bar
2163 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

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.

- Jesse Monteagudo

PJ’s Cocks & Tails/ PJ’s Corner Pocket
2340 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

Dubbed Fort Lauderdale’s only “interracial club,” this venue is touted as the first Black owned and run bar in Wilton Manors. The bar has an open-minded vibe in which all walks of life are welcome. Inside, is 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 Cocks & Tails is a good choice. This full-service bar opened in January 2014, and has exposed concrete walls with an artsy and loft like feel. A (free) membership is required before entry, you can sign up at the door or on the PJs website.

Happy hour happens from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Theme nights and drink specials rotate throughout the week. Shoot some pool on Tuesday team night and enjoy $2 Millers. Wednesday is dance night with $3 Coronas. Come for Chocolate Thursday’s male entertainers and $5 Cosmos. The male entertainers are back Friday and Saturday for 9 p.m. shows. TGIF, you can also enjoy $3 drink specials all night. Saturday it’s old-school vs. new school dance night. Sunday’s karaoke night starts at 8 p.m. with $3 drink specials during happy hour.

- Jesse Monteagudo

Progress Bar
2440 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

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

Wilton Drive’s “hot new club,” now a year old, is 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 Night Club 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, General Manager of Progress Bar at the time that it opened, described 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. 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” that includes a well-decorated main bar, with TV screens that show the latest music videos, and “the nicest Patio Bar on the Drive.”

Progress Bar, which just celebrated its first anniversary with an Alice in Wonderland Party, is now hotter than ever. Among its weekly activities are “Circuit Saturdays,” “Spill the Tea Sundays,” and  “Lip Service Wednesdays.” On Fridays DJ Auden Brown is on hand, spinning the hits all night long.

Hours: Mon. - Thur. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Fri. – Sat. 2 p.m. - 3 a.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. - 2 a.m.

- Jesse Monteagudo

1508 NE 4th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale

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

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 is 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 “Skinny Girl 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 7 p.m., as well as many other drink specials throughout the week. Their full menu is available online at their website.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

Rumors Bar and Grill
2426 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

Rumors Bar and Grill is quite a strong contender in the scene that fits the bill as an everyday video bar and gathering place that has a different special or theme every day. Inside, and now under their new covered patio, Hobo’s Grill serves up your favorite bar cuisine, but we hear the Alligator Bites are quite the awesome, popular “go-to.” Their Happy Hour 2-for-1 is Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Thursdays from open-to-close, which is also “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 12 a.m. Other happenings include Sunday Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s specially priced from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays has 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

Scandals Saloon
3073 NE 6th Ave
Wilton Manors

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, and happenings throughout the week. Friday and Saturday nights have an open dance floor for country two stepping and line dancing starting at 9 p.m. till close. Fridays on the patio is “Bearaoke” with 2 Guys on a Mic from 7-11 p.m.

The large outdoor patio also brings DJ’s on Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m., and for Evolution T-dance from 4 till 11 p.m. Sundays at 9 p.m. till 1 a.m., 2-Guys-On-A-Mic also run the Sunday session of karaoke. Country dance lessons are from Tuesday through Thursday evenings starting at 7 p.m., (Thursdays at 7:30,) and Mondays are glamorous with The Country Queens show starting at 8:30 p.m. It’s a large bar with a neighborhood feel you’re sure to enjoy, and is a great place to gather with friends, or meet new ones. And don’t forget to say hi to Russell at the new “Stable @ Scandals” bar on the patio.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

Smarty Pants
2400 East Oakland Park Blvd. #101
Fort Lauderdale

Smarty Pants is “the oldest ‘alternative lifestyle’ bar in Fort Lauderdale,” according to owner Mark Tison, having served 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 called 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 allows us to breathe. Smarty Pants’ most popular feature is its daily Happy Hour, which runs until 8 pm every night. It hosts Vodka Night from 10 pm to 2 am Tuesday; Underwear Night from 10 pm to 2 am Wednesday; Trivia Night, hosted by the legendary Nikki Adams, from 6 to 9 pm Thursday; and Karaoke Zone, hosted by Don Casteel, from 9 pm to 1 am Friday and Saturday.

Smarty Pants is also famous for its Special Event Weekends. Its most recent Special Event was its 12th Anniversary Weekend, held from Sept. 16 to 20. It featured, in addition to the regular weekly events, a Special “Showgirls” Show on Sept. 18 and a Flamingo Auto Group Classic Car Show and cookout on Sept. 20.

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

- Jesse Monteagudo

Tropics Piano Bar and Restaurant
2000 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

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, and Prime Rib night on Wednesdays. After your meal, grab a space at one of the three bars on the property for cocktails and entertainment. Tropics has a full schedule of entertainment from piano-lounge standards to drag performances. Check out their website or Facebook page with the full daily schedule of entertainment, and check out their restaurant menus. Restaurant reservations are highly suggested via phone or their website.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

Village Pub
2283 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors

In just three years, Village Pub has become a staple on the drive as an all-around community bar filled with friendly, well-known staff and entertainment. With a full schedule of shows and happenings with familiar faces, this is a not-miss stop any time of the week.

Entertainment includes Misty Eyez and Dragicide Mondays at 10 p.m., 2 Guys on A Mic Karaoke Wednesdays at 9 p.m., and Retro T-Dance Sundays 4-9 p.m. featuring Billboard Reporting DJ Bill Hallquist.

Their 2-4-1 Happy Hour is Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m. The space includes a 400 square foot dance floor, lots of TV’s, and a covered outdoor area in the back for smokers. They also offer valet parking in the rear.

- Dennis Jozefowicz

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