It’s the first month of a brand new year, and that means it’s time to start it off right! Pop open a bottle of champagne and celebrate another year at these unique SoFlo bars. Line dance at a new FTL spot, shake your hips at Los Altos, and get cool like dat at a 90’s NYC-themed lounge!
A DARN G00D TIME
307 S.W. 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
#00 Saloon just recently opened this year in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, much to everyone’s excitement. The huge, two-story restaurant and nightclub is connected to what used to be Fort Lauderdale’s first ever gas station, built in 1921. The whole building actually takes after this antique look; it’s constructed to look like an old distillery house. Six bars, three dance floors, two patio terraces, and two DJs make up the nightclub portion of the place, giving guests plenty of room to dance and socialize. Country lovers should flock here; they even offer line dancing!
ALL HANDS ON THEDECK!
2250 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami
In the heart of Wynwood lies thedeck, a bar that serves up craft cocktails and good vibes! Live music plays all weekend and numerous food trucks line up at the venue with various tasty offerings. Also available is some local shopping, where vendors sell everything from hand painted phone cases to vintage T-shirts; you can even check out some artists selling their creations! Plus, thedeck always has deals running like ladies’ night on Thursdays, half off mimosas on Sundays, and half off cocktails every Friday from 4-9 p.m.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Those familiar with the popular Tallahassee location of Township will be happy to know that a Fort Lauderdale location now exists! Township FTL is a beer garden and eatery that masks the look of a traditional German beer hall, with bratwursts and pretzels included. Craft and domestic beers on 72 taps are available for a night full of brew tasting, and entertaining games like corn hole and a bigger-than-normal Connect Four are up for grabs for battles between friends.
BACK TO THE 90’S!
3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami
Recently opened in November of last year, Boombox is the newest nightlife concept to arrive on the scene. Upon entry into the sleek lounge is a black hallway covered in subway tiles— a hint of the 90’s NYC theme of the space. Once inside, a lovely, colorful mural covers the wall, painted by Wynwood artists Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett to add some local MIA flavor. Music genres change on a nightly basis, and cocktails are carefully curated, paying tribute to classic drinks from the 80’s and 90’s like “Lemon Drop” and “Long Island Iced Tea.”
922 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Raise your glass and say “Wine not?” at Vinos Wine Bar in Las Olas. A selection of white, red, rose, sparkling, and dessert wines are served by the glass or by the bottle, and plenty of beers are on tap as well. If you get the urge to munch on something with your drink, you’re in luck! Tapas like cheese platters and bruschetta will help to satisfy your cravings. Live music is played on Sundays, and Happy Hour runs from Mon-Fri, 4-6:30 p.m.!
UN TESORO ESCONDIDO
521 S.W. 8th St., Miami
Upstairs from the famous Taquerias el Mexicano restaurant, is a hidden gem, or un tesoro escondido, with some Mexican flair. Los Altos opened late last year and is a welcome new bar in the neighborhood of Little Havana. The gold leaf adorned ceiling provides an upscale feel, and details like the stained glass window accents, repurposed doors from an old church, and hand stitched furniture all show appreciation to the Mexican heritage and culture. The cocktail menu consists of a delicious mix of mezcal and tequila libations, which will certainly add a little kick to your night!
By Aaliyah Pasols