Nightlife for January 5, 2011

Did You Make New Year’s Resolutions?

Nearly all of us engage in that annual ritual: making promises in the New Year to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, read more books…..the list goes on and on and, in most cases, these resolutions prove to be fleeting at best, most abandoned within days.

Laurie Whittaker and Marty Kildea, owners of SideLines Sports Bar in Wilton Manors, made their own resolution for 2011 and it’s one of the toughest to keep. The popular destination is becoming smoke-free and closed for two days earlier this week to spruce up the place. Sports fans will still enjoy plenty of games on the flat screen TVs, take in a game of pool or darts, or just hang out, but they’ll be enjoying a breath of fresh air at the same time.

Congrats to everyone at SideLines for providing another smoke-free option in South Florida.

Neighborhood bars like SideLines are located all over Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find a different scene, laid back and friendly, at these hangouts. Most don’t have dance floors and few bring in celebrity DJs or big name porn stars, but that doesn’t matter for their dedicated patrons.

We thought we’d spotlight some of our favorite neighborhood gay bars in Fort Lauderdale this week:


Matty’s on the Drive, 2426 Wilton Dr., offers a friendly non-smoking environment, as well as a full service deli. You’re likely to run into friends playing Wii in the afternoon and then hanging around for a sandwich later.

Several fun destinations can be found on Andrews Ave, including Shannon & Anthony’s Corner Pub, tucked away in a little strip mall at 1913 N. Andrews Ave. Since Shannon and Anthony bought the bar several months ago, they have made the bar a Sunday afternoon destination with an exotic Bloody Mary bar second to none.

Just up the street at 2740 N. Andrews is the most uniquely decorated bar, Monkey Business. You’ll go bananas over this place, which is decorated with monkeys of all sizes, shapes and colors. The bar also hosts popular weekend drag shows that really pack the boys—and girls—into the tight space.

And just around the corner on Oakland Park Blvd. is the Stable. As its name implies, country is king at this bar where men are men and fillies get ridden. Stop by on a Wednesday night for DRAGO, a hilarious take on drag BINGO.

On Federal Highway, there’s something for everybody. The Depot recently moved to the 2900 block and opened a cabana bar. In addition to the smoke-free bar, you can sip cocktails poolside and soak in South Florida’s warming rays. Best of all, the new location has plenty of parking. No jockeying in the old residential neighborhood for a spot to park.

Drive towards downtown to the Cubby Hole, 823 N. Federal Hwy. Called the “best little butch bar in Fort Lauderdale,” Cubby Hole is especially popular with the bear crowd and features a tasty menu, too, of food. On Sundays, pick up a free Sloppy Joe after 8 p.m.

If you take a slight detour onto Sunrise Blvd., you’ll find Mona’s Cocktail Lounge. Mona’s kind of looks like a Ruby Tuesday or Applebee’s with lots of memorabilia strewn across the walls, but don’t let that throw you because it’s a fun place to hang out.

Here’s a resolution you can keep in 2011: Visit some of the area’s unique neighborhood bars. You’ll be glad you did!

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