The City Pub has a small-town, friendly atmosphere. The bar and lounge are long rectangles, decorated in earth tones, wood and mirrors or etched glass, depicting the Manhattan skyline, as do numerous framed night-time photos.
The Village Market shopping center
956 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach
Entertainment: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Music: Live acts Wednesdays-Saturdays; karaoke Tuesdays
Hours: 7:30 -11:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Wednesdays; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays
Parking: large free lot
The island bar dominates the main lounge, which also has a few booths by the windows that enhance the airiness of the open-plan, brick-floor rooms.
The second room accommodates the nightly entertainment, set up on a large stage with klieg lights and four-seat tables. Live acts vary from night to night: a keyboard-vocalist hosting karaoke, a solo singer-guitarist, an Elvis impersonator, and the house act on weekends, The Synthesis Trio.
There are good views from everywhere, and between sets, soft music is piped in. Other diversions include a well-stocked jukebox and televisions mounted around the rooms.
There's an expansive menu, including quesadillas and other appetizers ($6 or less), with the full menu available at the bar. Service from two barmaids is fast and friendly. Twelve drafts are offered, including Bass, Warsteiner, Sam Adams and Bud Light.
Customers are a mix, and although City Pub wasn't teeming on our visit, there was a happy hubbub filling the room.
Happy hour is generous, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and all day Sunday. Food ranges from $4.50 serving of mini-burgers to a 16-oz. T-bone for $14.95.
If you want entertainment, value and a relaxed atmosphere, you belong in the City Pub.
Nightlife news Tonight-Sunday: For an evening of Shear Madness, catch the comedy that launched the interactive theater fad. When a murder is committed above a hair salon, the audience must decide who among the salon's wackos is the culprit. Tickets are $30. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Kravis Center's Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach (561-832-7469, 800-572-8471).
Tonight: Say hello to Spazio, 239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. (954-764-8191). This new nightspot has live entertainment nightly featuring DJ Nova tonight, Saturday and Thursday; flamenco group Latino Fire Wednesday and Sunday; and jazz ensemble Pushing Air Monday and Tuesday.
Saturday: Think live country music after 10 p.m. when visiting Plush Pony Lounge, 2028 S. Military Trail, West Palm Beach (561-641-7785). It's one of the county's longest-standing country bars. Catch singer-pianist and local favorite Al Nero 8 p.m. to midnight at Timpano, 450 Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-462-9119).
Monday: Look for the road of tiki torches showing the way to Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach (561-330-3232). The house turned restaurant and nightspot has an open-mike night after 10 p.m. run by musicians for musicians.
Wednesday/Thursday: Savor a Latino beat as Cuban roots group Jose Conde & Ola Fresca performs at 9 and 10:30 p.m. and midnight at Van Dyke Cafe, 846 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (305-534-3600).
Staff writer Jeremy Lang can be reached at email@example.com or 954-356-2338. Joan Brazer Durante, a freelance writer based in Plantation, writes the nightlife news. Please e-mail news concerning entertainment events to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Joan Brazer Durante, Entertainment Department, Sun-Sentinel, 200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2293.