We all need to let loose once in a while. If you’ve been itching for that chance, consider this month your perfect opportunity! Enjoy 150 different rums at a Miami Beach bar, take Instagram-worthy pics at a Wynwood bar, or be entertained at a drag queen show in Fort Lauderdale!
RED HOT NIGHTLIFE
200 S.W. 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
Red Ivy is one of the newest nightlife destinations, and yes, it is red hot! This restaurant and lounge serves elevated bar tapas like Mahi Lettuce Wraps, BBQ Chicken Flatbread, and Chimichurri Fries. They also get creative with their specialty cocktails like the Coconut Blueberry Mojito, made with Bacardi Coconut, blueberry syrup, mint, lime, and a splash of soda, or there’s even more unique options like the Skittle Bomb (Smirnoff Vodka flavors with Skittles dropped in Red Bull) and Drunken Gummies (Gummy bears soaked in Smirnoff Whipped Cream Vodka). Live entertainment gets the house rockin’ with late night DJs, live bands, and open mic nights! What fun!
POUT THOSE LIPS!
1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Smack on some lipstick and get sassy to meet the vibe at Lips, a dinner theater that specializes in drag queen shows. The dinner shows include a three-course menu with delicious dishes like Chicken Penne a La Vodka, Sweet and Spicy Calamari, and Lump Crab Cakes. Once you’ve settled in and ordered your food, the show will begin as the queens walk through the crowd, dance, sing, and crack jokes—it’s quite the performance! Also, don’t hesitate to place those drink orders…There’s fun cocktails like RuPaul’s Rum Punch, Drag-O-Rita, and Queen Supreme, plus $10 shots that come in a souvenir shot glass! It’s a show like no other!
LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT
3200 N.E. 12th Ave., Oakland Park
Chow on authentic Mexican food and sip some yummy craft beer at Tatts and Tacos Beer Garden. This tattoo art-inspired venue has over 40 craft beers on tap, a full liquor bar, amazing Mexican cuisine, and lots more! Although you can’t actually receive tattoos here, you can appreciate the décor, which leans into the theme with murals and other art pieces throughout. Get some fun going with your friends in the outdoor terrace, where you can play games like Jenga and corn hole. And when you work up your thirst, head to the cocktail menu for some flavorsome creations like Lychee Sangria and Smoke and Fire Margarita.
1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Swizzle Rum Bar and Drinkery exudes elegance and an old-school style. This cocktail lounge is a concept from the team behind the now-closed Employees Only Miami, which boasted a similar ambiance. The space has a 24-seat intimate bar, a 30-seat lounge, and an outdoor patio area by the pool. Music will play from a gramophone to emphasize the retro essence of Swizzle—where else can you listen to music in this vintage way? Rum lovers will especially love this spot thanks to the bar’s 150 different rums; you can sip on libations like The Hurricane, which is made with Banks 5 Island, Plantation Dark Rum, and EO grenadine. Swizzle on over!
218 N.W. 25th St., Miami
Wynwood is finally accepting its graffiti roots in a big way with not only the opening of the Museum of Graffiti but also Vandalo, a restaurant and lounge that is all about street art. Works by local artists dominate the design of the walls, including an area for guests to hang up their own creations. As for food and drink, street food favorites like yucca fries, arepas, and veggie tacos will be offered, and signature cocktails like Cold A$$ Ice (Santa Teresa 1796, Angostura Bitters, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Cherry and Raspberries) will keep you going all night! Don’t forget to whip out that camera—there’s photo ops all over Vandalo. Say cheese!
5450 S. State Rd. 7, Hollywood
Hollywood is up and coming! Following the debut of the new Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is GhostBar, which lies directly across from the famous hotel. GhostBar consists of a restaurant and lounge upstairs and a nightclub downstairs. Famous music acts will appear regularly to liven up the Broward County nightlife scene—CeeLo Green and Amara La Negra have already made appearances here. The food menu will consist of sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pastas, and entrees like chicken and waffles and quesadillas. When you’re ready to pour it up, GhostBar boasts signature craft cocktails like mojitos, margaritas and punch, and also a selection of beer.
By Aaliyah Pasols