What’s the Best Happy Hour in Fort Lauderdale?
April 9, 2018
Searching for a new happy hour spot in Fort Lauderdale? Don’t settle for the dive bar down the street. It’s time to shake up your weeknight routine with new bars that feature happy hour specials every night of the week.
No matter what neighborhood you’re looking for or what vibe you’re feeling, there’s a Fort Lauderdale staple with drink deals waiting for you.
And don’t worry. Brightline is here for you. Brightline’s Fort Lauderdale station—located at 101 NW 2nd Ave—is centrally located and convenient. Whether you’re taking Brightline to or from Fort Lauderdale, there’s time to grab a drink (or two!).
Here’s our roundup of the best happy hours in Fort Lauderdale.
Where: 210 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When: Monday-Thursday, 4-7 PM; Friday, 4-10 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 11 AM-10 PM
Bull Market’s happy hours have been recognized by Thrillist and New Times Broward-Palm Beach—and for good reason. You can get half-price drinks, daily specials and appetizers for a few dollars every day of the week at this bustling gastropub.
Don’t forget to indulge in Bull Market’s beloved grilled cheese served with tomato soup in shot glasses. It’s only available during happy hour, so it’s a must-have.
Drink deals aren’t enough for you? Bull Market has Monday karaoke, Taco Tuesday, Trivia Thursdays and other themed evenings so you can spice up your after-work drink.
Where: 333 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 PM
You Only Live Once—so why not check out YOLO’s happy hour? You get $2 off all drinks every weeknight. YOLO’s inventive cocktails and swanky ambiance make it a go-to post-work destination.
We recommend enjoying the evening on their outdoor garden patio. If you’re lucky, you might get a spot by the open fire pit. Try a refreshing cocktail like the Eldest Bee, with gin, elderflower, honey, ginger, lemon and basil.
Getting hungry? Hopefully, there’s still some smoked cornbread with chili honey butter left. This popular menu item has limited availability, so aim for arriving on the earlier side.
P.S.: YOLO is a hop, skip and a short 15-minute walk from the Fort Lauderdale Brightline station. Win-win.
Where: 3599 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
When: Tuesday-Sunday, Opening-7 PM
Mai-Kai is a self-described “turn-of-the-century seaport saloon.” In other words, it’s a quirky tiki bar with plenty of kitsch and tropical drinks to spare. Mai-Kai’s happy hour deals include 50% off appetizers and most drinks, plus a daily drink special.
Its menu breaks down cocktails by mild, medium, and strong tropical drinks—so you can decide exactly how happy you want your happy hour to be. Whether you choose a mild grapefruit daiquiri or a strong mai-tai, be sure to check out Mai-Kai’s appetizer menu.
Stick around after happy hour and check out the Mai-Kai Islanders Revue. As the longest-running Polynesian show in the U.S., it’s a Fort Lauderdale must.
Where: 3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
When: Monday-Friday, 4-7 PM
Get half off all drinks at the Shooters happy hour every weeknight. It’s located right on the Intracoastal Waterway, so you can enjoy the waterfront and watch boats sail by.
There are just three steps to the perfect Shooters happy hour. Step 1: Sit by the dock or hang out in one of the three outdoor bars. Step 2: Sip on a classic cocktail or try the Shooters Ale from the Biscayne Bay Brewing Company. Step 3: Relax.
The waterfront views and live music make Shooters a popular happy hour destination. Plus, there’s complimentary boat dockage just in case you need it.
Which is your favorite Fort Lauderdale happy hour? Did we leave out a great spot? Let us know on our Facebook page.