On weekends, the Riverwalk in downtown Fort Lauderdale, is the place to be. There are a myriad of clubs, bars, shops and restaurants located in the Riverwalk complex. If you are out to enjoy a good meal, with live outdoor entertainment, rest assured the Riverwalk restaurants offer some incredible and fresh seafood.
During the daytime, some restaurants are open and there are water taxis and tour cruises available to enjoy, aside from the lovely, winding path that is known as the Riverwalk. However, if you find yourself in want of more elaborate evening activities, look no further than just beyond the path.
The Riverwalk area has two main streets running through it- Las Olas Boulevard and Himmarshee Street. Passing the train-tracks and running down Himmarshee Street is “Himmarshee Village”, home to most of the the Riverwalk nightlife. You can have loud and bright fun at the Escape, a high-tech virtual-reality arcade, or even catch a flick at the multiplex cinema.
Where to Go?
There are also several bars, clubs, cafes, and restaurants featured here, which include, among others:
Tarpon Bend Voted Most Popular Happy Hour in the “Best Of” New Times issue by readers and editors; features a good restaurant and great, lively entertainment.
Voodoo Lounge the most exclusive club, more upscale than the other bars, featuring 3 different dance floors, a comedy show, and lots of free parking.
Dicey Riley’s features great bands, good, cold, inexpensive beer, and has no cover charge. It’s a fun and lively place.
America’s Backyard features a large outdoor venue which is great for big groups, an upstairs area with a large balcony and also a traditional indoor club area. Expect lots of dancing to all types of music. Extra large drink servings. This place goes all out!
In Las Olas
Once you are ready to move on from these, check out the clubs and bars located off 1st Street and Las Olas Blvd. These include:
Art Bar a dance hip-hop/ reggae/ latin club, always packed with good music and great crowd. There is no cover charge, ladies drink free, and a great DJ.
Off the Hookah a must go to lounge with a Middle-Eastern themed hoohak lounge with bar. There are awesome belly dancers, hookah,of course and tasty homemade hummus. The DJs are great at getting everyone moving and the bartenders blow fire, making the atmosphere very exciting. Thursday night, ladies drink for free. The drinks are a good size and are not over priced. This place is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
The Brick a small rock club that features attractive dancers on the bar, shot girls and is always packed.