SoFlo Happenings

Sometimes we need to stray from the norm. THINK outside of Weston with these events and nightlife must-sees. Tacos and beer anyone? Or maybe a music festival on the beach? If that doesn’t impress you, cruise down to a retro bar and lounge in Las Olas. There’s plenty to see and do!

PARTAKE

#ChangeTheTide
Apr. 6-8
tortugamusicfestival.com

What could be better than a music festival on the beach? A music festival on the beaches of South Florida, that’s what! Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival will provide that and more over a three-day weekend full of fun. The star-studded lineup includes Florida Georgia Line, Snoop Dogg, Shaggy, Keith Urban, Eric Church, and a plethora of other acts! The Conservation Village will also be on the beach, which will feature booths focusing on the five core issues of the Rock the Ocean Foundation. Here you will be able to learn about the problems facing our oceans and the aquatic wildlife that lives in them, and how to help. Rock out, but don’t forget to read up on these environmental factors!

Taco’ n about It!
Apr. 14
ftltacobattlecraftbeerfest.com

Local restaurants and craft breweries will battle it out for the title of best tacos and beer at The Fort Lauderdale Taco Battle & Craft Beer Festival. The one who will reap the most benefits? You! Take advantage of all of Fort Lauderdale’s hottest food and beer eateries in one location! Chow down and participate in the taco eating competition, and chill out with live music, local vendors, and a Kids’ Zone. A $65 bottomless craft beer and food sampling ticket is also available for those who wish to fully indulge. The event will support Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and Pets’ Broward.

The Sweet Life
Apr. 27-29
soflocakeandcandyexpo.com

“One of the most engaging and dynamic events for cake and candy industry professionals, enthusiasts and hobby bakers” is the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo, and once you attend, you won’t be disappointed. It’s hosted by Sweet Life Cake and Candy Supply Store, the bakery-lovers that started it all, and they sure put on a magnificent event. Vendors and suppliers will be onsite to give discounted prices on baking gear and essentials, and of course, treats! Over 90 classes will be available to have you baking like a pro. Head out to taste some delicious sweets and learn a thing or two!

PARTY

Retro Rhythm
15 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
cashonlybar.com

At Cash Only Bar, get four experiences in one. It is Fort Lauderdale’s only retro bar, lounge, nightclub, and live music venue. The bar consists of three rooms, all blasting different genres for every ear to enjoy. From old-school Hip Hop to modern DJs spinning House, there’s a lot to choose from. The retro-chic design flows throughout the whole space, with the upstairs room resembling the basement in That ‘70s Show. Multiple musical events are hosted every month, so there is always something to look forward to. And don’t worry, they do accept credit and debit cards—The Cash Only name’s purpose is to give it that ‘80s/‘90s feel!

A Diff. Side of MIA
337 SW 8th St., Miami
sidebarmiami.com

Escape from the traditional hard-partier vibe of Miami and sneak away to Sidebar for a night. This bar has more of a Wynwood feel, but is situated on Calle Ocho. Inventive cocktails, live bands, and DJ sets make for a part music venue, part post-party relaxation spot. The outdoor garden is the main attraction with bright string lights, picnic tables, and red couches that all add to the laid-back, attractive appeal. Treat yourself to a cool cocktail after a night of bar hopping for the perfect nightcap.

Libations at LILT
270 Biscayne Way Blvd., Miami
liltlounge.com

Located in the Kimpton EPIC Miami Hotel is the sexy and sophisticated LILT Bar & Lounge. Their cocktail program preserves classics while also mixing up their own unique flavors using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. From 8-10 p.m., the bar offers happy hour with glasses of Taittinger and Laurent Perrier for $10. On Thursdays, it’s champagne and oyster night, making for an opportune date option. The lounge offers live music, ranging different genres, and a drink menu that seems never-ending. It’s impossible to have a bad night at this “good vibes only” bar.

By Aaliyah Pasols