The owners and management recognize in order to sustain economic health and continue to grow, they must continue to evolve and change. So, after months of deliberation, and many discussions with staff, loyal patrons, and business-minded folks, Sidelines co-owners, Laurie Whittaker and Marty Kildea, have decided to “bring a breath of fresh air” to the popular gay sports bar.

On Wednesday, January 5, 2011, Sidelines will become a smoke-free establishment. In order to properly undertake this rejuvenation, various modifications will be made to the bar and it will be necessary to close operations for two days. Therefore, on Monday and Tuesday, January 3 and 4, respectively, Sidelines will be closed. During this time, the staff will be working very hard to refresh, refashion and surprise its customers by creating a new Sidelines!

It must be reiterated that these changes in no way affect the “sports theme” that has made Sidelines the repeated award-winning entertainment venue of Fort Lauderdale since their opening in 2006.

By giving Sidelines a bit of a “nip/tuck”, the goal of management is to gain even more business, sustain themselves in this seemingly slumped economy, and grow their future business with confidence. For more information, please visit