America’s Backyard: Breezy outdoor playground for clubgoers who prefer bar-top body shots, barbecue and rowdy bachelorette parties instead of the stale velvet-rope experience. Ladies drink free after 9 p.m. Wednesdays, and Broward and Palm Beach county residents receive free admission on weekends. Happy hour takes place 5-9 p.m. Fridays. 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-727-0950; Myamericasbackyard.com).
Bamboo Beach: Sunny, thatch-roof tiki bar in back of the Ocean Manor Resort. Ladies night takes place Thursdays, two-for-one drinks are served 4-7 p.m Monday through Friday and a pig roast is held Sundays. 4040 Galt Ocean Mile, Fort Lauderdale (954-566-2053; Bamboobeachtikibar.com).
Best Cellar: Meeting place for serious oenophiles. Winetastings are offered Wednesday through Saturday in a venue outfitted with row after row of wine racks, a living-room setup and dark-wood dining tables. 1408 N.E. 26th St., Wilton Manors (954-630-8020)
Bill’s Filling Station: Gay watering hole with a neighborhood clientele. Happy hour is 2-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 2209 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-567-5978; Billsfillingstation.com).
Blue Martini: A classy place to drink and mingle. Happy hour takes place 4-8 p.m. daily and includes discounted drinks and half-price appetizers. Wednesday is ladies’ night. 2432 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-653-2583; Bluemartinilounge.com).
The Brick: Open-air bar in Riverfront that attracts few people older than 25 and the male-to-female ratio is fairly balanced. Indie-rock fans frequent the Society Wednesday party, and ladies drink for free Thursdays. 21 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-525-9004).
Briny Irish Club: Sister venue to the Briny Irish Pubs in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. This is one is located across the street from Dicey Riley’s in Himmarshee Village and is decorated wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling with model airplanes, surfboards, musical instruments and, curiously, photos of notable non-Irishmen such as Ozzy Osbourne and Dave Matthews. 220 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale (954-759-6502).
Buccaneer Lounge and Package: A character-rich dive bar popular with the locals, partial to the New England Patriots and flat-out hopping with young bar-hoppers in the wee hours of Friday and Saturday mornings, after the other bars have closed. 2470 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point (954-941-2938).
Cafe Bluefish: Open-air bar and restaurant near State Road A1A and Sunrise Boulevard that serves first-rate seafood and chicken wings, and an array of tropical drinks. Happy hour is 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Live music is featured Tuesday and Friday. 3134 N.E. Ninth St., Fort Lauderdale (954-563-3474; Cafebluefish.com).
Cafe del Mar: Beach establishment with two bars, live music nightly and a kitchen serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 213 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-767-8233; Cafedelmarbeach.com).
Cheers: Venerable music club that hosts local rock and blues bands, acoustic artists and DJs until 4 a.m. nightly. Ladies drink for free 8-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 941 E. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale (954-771-6337; Cheersfoodandspirits.com).
Club Bar 13: With a late-night three-for-one happy hour, this club is designed for cutting loose, pounding shots and dancing until you’re covered in someone else’s sweat or the clock stricks 4 a.m., whichever comes first. 213 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale (954-768-0840).
Club Euro: Hip-hop, dance and Caribbean music nightclub that enforces a strict dress code (no baggy clothes, sunglasses, shorts or hats). 120 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-530-0648).
Crazy 8’s Sports Lounge: Late-night downtown sports bar with indoor and outdoor seating and flat-screen TVs throughout. Women drink for free 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Saturday. 4 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-523-7159; Mycrazy8s.com).
Cubby Hole: Intimate Levis-and-leather gay club. Happy hour is noon-9 p.m. daily. 823 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-728-9001; Thecubbyhole.com).
The Deck Restaurant and Bar: Pirate-themed restaurant at the Sea Club Hotel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this place harnesses the ocean breeze and captures flip-flop-wearing folks who can’t see mixing air-conditioning with ocean views. 619 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-537-1722; The deckftl.com).
The Dive Bar: Nautical-themed bar with live local and national acts nightly. Karaoke is featured Mondays, an open jam is held Tuesdays and happy hour is served 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-565-9264).
Downtowner Saloon: Waterfront eatery and saloon. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 408 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-463-9800; Downtownersaloon.com).
Elbo Room: Beach landmark and local hangout. 241 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-463-4615; Elboroom.com).
Exit 66: A 20,000-square-foot beachfront club by the people behind Miami’s Crobar. With a pool, restaurant and themed lounges, Exit 66 exudes a retro cool and boasts less velvet-rope drama than at most clubs. 219 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-357-9981; Exitsixtysix.com).
Frog and Toad: Tudor-style pub owned by an Irish-American from Boston and her British husband. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 5782 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale (954-491-3697).
Georgie’s Alibi: Classic gay hangout popular with the preppy crowd. Happy hour 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Long Island iced teas are served in a 22-ounce Mason jar for $3 after 9 p.m. 2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-565-2526; Georgiesalibi.com).
Grady’s Bar: One of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest watering holes. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 905 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-761-9416).
Himmarshee Bar and Grille (Sidebar): A classy accouterment to the gourmet restaurant. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ladies night takes place 7:30-10 p.m. Wednesdays. 210 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale (954-524-1818; Himmarshee.com).
The Hut: A casual juke joint filled with character. The Hut doesn’t serve fancy draft beers or frozen drinks, but it does boast a full liquor selection and bar games including tabletop shuffleboard. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1021 Seminole Drive, Fort Lauderdale (954-563-2232).
J’s Bar: Hip-hop and old school merge at this multicultural lesbian dive bar. Drag shows are held Saturdays. 2780 Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-581-8400).
John L. Sullivan’s: An Irish pub that serves as the public house for its community, a place where you go to settle in for a few pints, gab with the regulars, listen to bands and play organized games. 4460 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point (954-781-9669)
Kalahari Bar: Long-standing South African bar. Exotic cocktails, such as the Springbok and Lion’s Breath, are served indoors and on the patio. Pool tables are indoors, as are televisions that show American sports and rugby matches. 4446 N.E. 20th Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-351-9371; Kalaharibar.com).
Kahuna ‘Awa Kava Bar: A drinking establishment where you won’t have to worry about humiliating yourself or waking up in a gutter; the venue only serves kava. 3104 N.E. Ninth St., Fort Lauderdale (Myspace.com/kahunaawa).
Kim’s Alley Bar: Timeless hangout for locals with two bar areas, pool tables and a wicked jukebox. Happy hour is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1920 E. Sunrise Blvd. (Gateway Plaza), Fort Lauderdale (954-763-2143; Kimsalleybar.com).
Lips: South Florida’s only dinner theater with a drag show, the theme of which changes nightly. 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-567-0987; Lipsusa.com).
Living Room: Gay-friendly house-music venue in Fort Lauderdale’s Riverfront. Open Fridays and Saturdays only. 300 S.W. First Ave., Fort Lauderdale (888-992-7555; Livingroomnightclub.com).
Lucky’s Beachside Bar: A neighborhood bar with a sophisticated edge providing a variety of nightlife elements in a relaxed environment. 3074 N.E. 33rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-564-3782).
Maguire’s Hill 16: Cozy place for regulars of all ages who keep coming back for the live Irish music. Punk bands perform Sundays. 535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-764-4453).
Mai-Kai: Palm-fronded landmark that serves tropical drinks, such as the Moonkist Coconut, Pina Passion, Shark Bite, Cobra Kiss and the world-famous Barrel O’ Rum. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. every day save Monday. 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-563-3272; Maikai.com).
The Manor: A 16,000-square-foot gay bar that features six themed areas, including a coffee shop, restaurant and late-night dance club. 2345 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-626-0082; Themanorcomplex.com).
McGuinness Bar and Restaurant: Irish pub with a cozy, dark-wood interior and warm service. Live music is featured on weekends. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 3537 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale (954-561-8444).
McSorley’s: A beachside Irish pub where patrons can chug pints and play beer pong in their swimsuits. The two-story venue features a respectable wine list, a handful of draft beers and sipping whiskeys such as Tullamore Dew. 837 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-565-4446; Mcsorleysbeachpub.com).
Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub and Restaurant: Sports-loving venue for people who have had their fill of quaint Irish pubs. The bar is named after a record-holding Irish champion of the ancient Gaelic game of hurling, but Mickey Byrne’s caters to fans of more-contemporary sports, particularly football and soccer. 1921 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-921-2317; Mickeybyrnes.com).
The Monterey Club: Located at Orange County Choppers and Bourget’s Bike Works, the Monterey Club may be the coolest waiting room in South Florida. The lounge features a pool table, a stage for live music and $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons. It’s open from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 2608 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-467-1169; Themontereyclub.net).
National Lampoon Underground: Three-story comedy club that doubles as a beachfront restaurant and bar with a rooftop lounge. Wicked drink specials are offered throughout the week. 900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale (954-306-2689; Underground.nationallampoon.com).
New Moon: Gay and lesbian bar that is as much a community center as a pickup joint. The wine list is extensive, and the menu includes oysters and panini sandwiches. The Flashback Happy Hour takes place from noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. 2440 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-563-7660; Newmoonbar.com).
Nightclub 954: Hip-hop, soca and reggae venue located in the former home of the Sea Monster. 2 S. New River Drive W., Fort Lauderdale (954-767-6200; Nightclub954.com).
Oasis Pub: Small neighborhood pub known for an early open at 7 a.m. seven days a week and in-the-biz specials. Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments are held Thursdays and Saturdays. 3224 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-733-6688).
Off the Hookah: Waterfront bar and restaurant filled with belly dancers, perfumed hookah smoke and comfy beds. Happy hour takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays. 300 S.W. First Ave., Suite 103 (Las Olas Riverfront), Fort Lauderdale (954-761-8686).
Parrot Lounge: Veteran beach-area bar known for its laid-back atmosphere, good pub food and dedication to the Philadelphia Eagles. Best of all, beer is served by the yard. 911 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale (954-563-1493; Parrotlounge.com).
The Pirate Republic: Skull-and-crossbones flags and the “walk the plank” bartender’s command rule at this theme bar near State Road A1A. Beer and sake are the favored libations. 234 Almond Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-779-7677; Myspace.com/thepiraterepublic).
The Poor House: Downtown venue featuring rock and blues bands till 4 a.m. No cover. 110 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-522-5145).
Posh: Intimate, upscale wine bar and lounge in the downtown condo space The Waverly. Ladies’ night is Thursday, and a DJ performs on the weekends. 110 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-763-3553; Poshlasolas.com).
Ramrod: Gay club dedicated to leather and leather-related wear. Happy hour is 3-9 p.m. nightly. 1508 N.E. Fourth Ave., Wilton Manors (954-763-8219; Ramrodbar.com).
Red Zone Café and Sports Theatre: A sports bar whose mega-media system wouldn’t seem out of place at the home of a multiplatinum rap star. Thirteen approximately 7-by-8-foot screen panels encircle the bar, showing all manner of sporting events. The drink menu includes libations with names such as Touchdown, Slam Dunk and MVP and the kitchen serves burgers, baby-back ribs, raw oysters and other bar fare. 1804 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale (954-467-3535; Redzonecafe.com).
Revolution Live: Cavernous club featuring national acts and plenty of room for dancing. The outside patio area is perfect for breezy conversations. 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-727-0950; Jointherevolution.net).
Rosie’s Bar and Grill: Gay bar and restaurant frequented by shiny, happy people. Martini Mondays features $3 martinis beginning at 7 p.m. Live music is presented Friday through Sunday. 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-563-0123; Rosiesbarandgrill.com).
Shooters Waterfront Cafe: Longtime bar and restaurant that’s accessible by boat or car. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-566-2855; Shooterscafe.com).
Sidelines Sports Bar: A self-described “sports-themed gay bar” that exudes a throwback quality that will make you want to sing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Flat-screen TVs have been mounted throughout the room, and guests are invited to play pool, darts or board games. Two-for-one drinks are served 2-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Wednesday. 2031 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors (954-563-8001; Sidelinessports.com).
Smarty Pants: Gay club with a happy hour 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 3038 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-561-1724).
Tarpon Bend: Downtown bar catering to people looking to make a love connection. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 9 p.m. Friday and 6-9 p.m. Saturday. 200 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale (954-523-3233; Tarponbend.com).
Top Hop Garden: A getaway for fans of Caribbean culture. Top Hop features live Jamaican and Haitian bands, popular DJ nights and a host of expatriate patrons. 4340 State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes (954-257-3966).
Ultimate Sports Bar: Loud and dance-friendly nightclub that still allows patrons to relax at the bar with a beer or watch sports on one of 30 flat-screen TVs. Three-for-one drinks are served 5-10 p.m. Fridays. 310 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (954-467-5867).
VooDoo Lounge: Upscale dance club. Ladies’ night is Wednesday and boasts a high girl-to-guy ratio. Friday’s VIP party allows patrons to download a pass from the club’s Web site for free admission and drinks till 11:30 p.m. Sunday offers a drag queen show with a mostly straight audience. 111 S.W. Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-522-0733; Voodooloungeflorida.com).
Walsh’s Pub: Smoker-friendly, sports-loving Irish Pub that features live music Wednesdays. 2217 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood (954-920-5479).
Waxy O’Connor’s: Irish pub that offers broadcasts of soccer and rugby matches from around the world. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1095 S.E. 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (954-525-9299).
The Wayward Sailor: Club that welcomes anyone who comes knocking in search of fish and chips, bangers and mash, and beer and cocktails. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. daily. 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-630-2856).
Whiskey Blue: Beachfront bar in the W Fort Lauderdale hotel that adds the right amount of class to after-hours on the ocean. The intimate bar serves more than two dozen specialty drinks and draws a diverse crowd that includes businesspeople, fashionistas and tourists. 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (954-414-8308; Whotels.com)
All Stars Sports Bar and Grill: Popular spot for live music, DJs, sporting events, food and, of course, drinks. Karaoke is performed Wednesday. Ladies’ night is Wednesday and Friday. Blues and rock bands perform Saturday. 2201 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach (954-968-7777; Allstarssportsbarandgrill.com).
American Rock Restaurant Bar and Grill: Deerfield Beach bar that pays homage to rock ‘n’ roll with a decor that includes vintage record sleeves, concert posters and an indoor motorcycle. Ladies’ night is Tuesday and Friday. Bands perform Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Three-for-one drinks are served 4-8 p.m. daily. 1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach (954-428-4539; Myspace.com/americanrockbar).
Circus Bar and Grill: Sports bar featuring pinball machines, dartboards and pool and foosball tables. Open since 1978, the Circus Bar is known for its chicken wings, which can be served extra wet or slathered with garlic. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 1461 S.W. 30th Ave., Pompano Beach (954-973-1483; Circusbar.com).
The Cove: Professional hot spot where making new acquaintances is the rule of thumb. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 1754 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach (954-421-9272; Thecoverestaurant.com).
Crabby Jack’s: Popular bar featuring tasty fare and cold libations. 1015 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach (954-429-3770).
Kahuna Bar and Grill: The theme is Hawaiian at this laid-back beachside bar that caters to surfers, in-the-biz workers and seasonal visitors. Live music Tuesday-Sunday. 249 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach (954-725-0244).
Korrigan’s Irish Pub: A strip-mall bar that won’t transport you to Ireland but packages just enough lucky charm to overcome its suburban setting. Korrigan’s takes great strides to ensure its status as a cozy neighborhood bar. The kitchen prepares typical Irish fare and the bar boasts the expected range of imported drafts. 2301 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach (954-974-0251; Korriganspub.com).
Muddy Waters: Restaurant and raw bar tailored to Jimmy Buffett fans. Frozen tropical drinks are served in hollowed-out coconut shells, and more than a dozen international beers are offered. Snapper, grouper and burgers highlight the menu. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily. 2237 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach (954-428-6577; Muddywaters.biz).
Roy’s Sports Bar and Grill: Neighborhood hangout that features live bands, good grub, TVs, pool tables, dartboards and electronic games. 8000 W. Sample Road, Margate (954-255-8108; Royssportsbar.com).
Singers Karaoke Klub: Featuring karaoke from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly, this venue offers lifetime memberships for $30. 3521 N.W. Eighth Ave., Pompano Beach (954-785-1945; Singerskaraoke.com).
Wings ‘n’ Ale: Award-winning wings-and-beer operation for more than a decade. 4685 N. University Drive, Coral Springs (954-344-6644; Wingsnale.com).
World of Beer: A staggeringly large and varied selection of craft and imported beers helps this bar live up to its name. 4437 Lyons Road, Suite E-101, Coconut Creek (954-984-0300; Wobcoconutcreek.com).
Yucatan Mexican Bar and Grill: Festive bar and grill that gets even livelier when the dinner crowd clears and the DJ starts spinning. Reggae Night is Wednesday, karaoke is featured Thursday and DJs spin every weekend. 525 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach (954-481-9933; Myspace.com/yucatangrill).
Ballers Rock ‘n’ Roll Sports Bar: A slick, high-energy local bar that specializes in dance music, rock bands and barbecue. 3200 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Pembroke Park (954-985-3870; Ballersrocknrollsportsbar.com).
Beach Betty’s: Laid-back lesbian bar. Karaoke night is Sunday. Wednesday features free pool, Thursdays offer free poker beginning at 8 p.m. and the Friday Funfest offers free hors d’oeuvres 4 to 7 p.m. Happy hour noon-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 625 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach (954-921-9893; Beachbettysbar.com).
Café Iguana Pines: Giant dance club with eight separate bars and live radio broadcasts. Happy hour 4-8 p.m. Friday. Two-for-one martinis are served Monday. 8358 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (954-433-8787; Cafeiguanapines.com).
Chocolada: Sidewalk cafe with a European flavor, tantalizing desserts and live music every weekend. 1923 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-920-6400).
Cloud 9 Lounge: Gay-owned bar open to all features pool tables, dartboards and a dance floor with a pole. Two-for-one drinks are available noon-8 p.m. daily. 7126 Stirling Road, Davie (954-499-3525; Thecloud9online.com).
88’s Dueling Pianos: Two pianists lead audiences in singalongs of popular rock and pop tunes at this drinking establishment in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Happy hour is 6-9 p.m. Fridays. 5721 Seminole Way, Hollywood (954-584-8819).
Gaby’s of Pembroke Pines: Neighborhood hangout with a large-scale bar, nightclub, restaurant and liquor store. The jukebox has something for everyone, and live music is featured several times a week. Happy hour is 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 11226 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (954-431-0918).
Gryphon Nightclub: Upscale discotheque delivering a European-style clubbing experience. An elevated VIP area overlooks the dance floor, and the bottle service saves big spenders the trouble of ordering drinks by the glass. Inside Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood (954-581-5454; Gryphon-club.com).
Harrison’s Wine Bar: A self-proclaimed “meeting place for sexy couples” fashioned after a sophisticated European wine bar. Harrison’s boasts a dark and moody ambiance that lends itself to smart fashions and intimate conversations. The list of wines and champagnes is extensive. 1916 Harrison St., Hollywood (954-922-0074; Harrisonswinebar.com).
The Hurricane Sports Bar and Grill: Laid-back bar across from Dania Jai-Alai offers pool tables, TVs, karaoke and good food and drinks. Smoker-friendly. 368 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach (954-926-0176).
Jake’s: Fun hangout where the motto is “world peace through hard liquor.” Happy hour runs from open to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Karaoke is featured 9 p.m. Thursday and bands perform 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Smokers are welcome. 812 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach (954-455-1244).
Le Tub: Rustic, dockside watering hole with a great jukebox, pool tables, excellent fish sandwiches and hamburgers, and a beautiful view of the Intracoastal. Don’t expect stellar service, though. 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (954-921-9425).
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub: Late-night pub featuring live music and good times in a casual setting. The daily 4:30-8 p.m. happy hour features a buffet, $1 off draught beers, and wine and martini specials. Inside Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, 5703 Seminole Way, Hollywood (954-791-4782; Themurphyslaw.com).
Pangaea: A stylish hot spot that boasts an enormous African tent, authentic tribal artifacts, torches, spectacular dancers and world-famous DJs. Next to sister club Gryphon, which shares the same bathroom. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood (954-581-5454; Pangaea-lounge.com).
PRL Euro Café: Cool downtown Hollywood hangout serving an award-winning variety of exotic Belgian beers, including Delirium and Belzebuth. Open till 2 a.m. nightly. 1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-922-9775).
Shenanigan’s: Local hangout with good food, live music, indoor and outdoor seating. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. 3303 Sheridan St., Hollywood (954-981-9702).
Spice-Resto Lounge: Lively Latin club at which bartenders double as salsa dancers and live music spills from the doors until 4 a.m. 1934 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-923-3888; Spiceresto-lounge.com).
Sports Rock Lounge: A smokers’ bar with limited food but big-time poker action. This neighborhood hangout offers free games of pool from noon until midnight daily and a two-for-one ladies night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesdays. On Thursday nights, Jäegermeister shots cost $3, which can make for a bad day at work Friday. 1828 N. University Drive, Pembroke Pines (954-704-0290).
Sushi Blues Cafe and Blue Monk Lounge: Comfortable, upscale restaurant and lounge with retro furniture and live jazz and blues. Happy hour 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 2009 Harrison St., Hollywood (954-929-9560; Sushiblues.com).
The Talent Farm: A storefront venue in a warehouse complex where young musicians play to an all-ages crowd in an alcohol-free setting. A typical show features five bands and charges $10 to $12 for admission. 20911 Johnson St., Suite 111, Pembroke Pines (954-438-3488; Thetalentfarm.com).
Trixie’s: Gay bar featuring drag queens and oh-so-hot male dancers Wednesday-Sunday. 600 S. Dixie Highway, Hollywood (954-923-9322; Trixiesbar.com).
Twelve O’Clock High Lounge: Neighborhood bar that offers live music, pool tables, satellite TVs and two-for-one drinks. 327 Johnson St., Hollywood (954-921-4938).
Whiskey Tango: Self-described “white trash chic” bar for people who favor Pabst Blue Ribbon and hot wings. Two-for-one drinks are served 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Ladies drink free 9 p.m.-midnight Tuesday. 1903 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-925-2555; Whiskeytangofl.com).
Beyond Billiards: Pool hall with a kill-the-keg night Sunday and $13 domestic buckets nightly. 5705 S. University Drive, Davie (954-434-3487).
Bokamper’s Sports Bar and Grill: Big, powerful restaurant and watering hole named for former Miami Dolphins defensive player Kim Bokamper. The multileveled venue offers abundant seating, features three bars, numerous TV screens and a large drink selection. 1280 S. Pine Island Road, Plantation (954-533-7152; Bokampers.com).
Buzz’s Bar: Neighborhood sports bar with dartboards, pool tables, an abundance of TVs and live music. Ladies drink free during the Wednesday open mike. Happy hour is 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily and two-for-one martinis are served at all hours. 8931 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise (954-749-1337; Buzzsbar.com).
Congas Nightclub and Restaurant: Latin dance club set to an international, Caribbean and Colombian rhythm. Fridays, men get in free before 11 p.m. and ladies before 12 a.m. Ladies get in free till 11 p.m. Saturday. 2079 N. University Drive, Sunrise (954-749-9669; Congasclub.com).
Daisy Dukes Saloon: Southern, Dukes of Hazzard-themed sports bar with “Moonshine” served in mason jars and bartenders in shorty-shorts and cowboy boots. Ladies receive half-priced drinks on Tuesdays. Best tattoo competitions are held Wednesdays during Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed. 10060 Pembroke Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (954-430-9930; Daisydukessaloon.com).
Duffy’s Sports Grill: The 20th location in the South Florida sports-bar chain, which has been named the official sports bar of the Miami Dolphins. With about 70 flat-screen television onsite, Duffy’s offers prime viewing for sports fans. The venue offers two happy hours every evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 p.m. until closing time, during which cocktails, beer and wine are two-for-one. 811 S. University Blvd., Plantation (954-473-0477, Duffyssportsgrill.com).
Inn Field Pub: Casual neighborhood hangout offers good food, live music, televised sports, pool tables, darts, karaoke and a smoking section. Happy hour 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. 11439 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise (954-741-2100).
Landlubber’s Raw Bar and Grill: Popular restaurant and sports bar known for its ribs, chicken wings, shellfish and 25-ounce beers. There are enough TVs to cover every sporting event, but the Cleveland Browns take precedence on NFL Sundays. Happy hour is offered afternoons and late nights. 1851 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation (954-473-2884; Landlubbersrawbar.com).
Rosey Baby: The closest thing to a New Orleans-style bar in South Florida features blues and rock bands, delicious crawfish and several TVs for the sports fan. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 4587 N. University Drive, Lauderhill (954-749-5627; Roseybaby.com).
Round Up: Mammoth country-western bar with a large, circular dance floor. Wednesday is ladies’ night. Thursday is all you can drink for $10. Nashville recording artists perform monthly. 9020 State Road 84, Davie (954-423-1990; Roundupcountry.com).
Ye Olde Falcon Pub: British pub that serves meaty barbecued ribs and plump fish and chips. Happy hour 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 2867 S. University Drive, Davie (954-424-0300; Yeoldefalconpub.com).
SOUTH PALM BEACH
Blue Anchor Pub and Restaurant: Nineteenth century-style British pub with Zagat-rated food, good drinks and good company. Happy hour 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 804 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561-272-7272; Theblueanchor.com).
Boardriders Bar and Grill: Surfer-, skater- and even snowboarder-friendly bar and grill. Endless Summer Sundays features beer pong, $1 beers, $3 tacos, mojitos and margaritas. 231 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton (561-392-0044; Myspace.com/boardriders08).
Dada: Great hangout for hipsters, featuring an open-mike Monday, a poetry-slam Tuesday, free movies Wednesday, live music Thursday, DJs Friday and live indie rock Saturday. 52 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach (561-330-3232).
Delux: A laid-back dance club and lounge from the group behind Respectable Street and Dada. The weekends cater to the college crowd with house and dance music. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 16 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (561-279-4792).
The Duck Tavern: Packed neighborhood bar with more than 90 bottles of beer on the wall. 5901 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton (561-998-8288; Myspace.com/theducktavernbocaraton).
Funky Buddha Lounge: Cushy lounge decorated with deep-red walls and pillow-lined booths. The bar offers beer, wine, pear cider and a laid-back atmosphere. 2621 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton (561-368-4643; Myspace.com/funkybuddahlounge).
Kevro’s Art Bar: Free-spirited artists’ hangout. Tuesday is open-mike night and Saturday is filmmakers’ night. 166 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach (561-278-9675; Kevroart.com).
The Lodge Beer and Grill: Subtropical Boca Raton may not seem to be the ideal place for a winter lodge, but this inviting refuge specializes in hard-to-find brews such as White Rascal and Double Bastard Ale. Live acoustic acts perform Friday and Saturday nights. 200 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton (561-392-5003; Thelodgeboca.com).
Murphy’s Downtown Saloon: One of the best bars in Florida, according to Maxim magazine. It offers pool tables, virtual boxing, video games and bare-bellied barmaids. Tuesday is College Night. 36 S.E. Third St., Boca Raton (561-447-6617).
Tricky Dick’s: A country bar open 22 hours a day. Live music is featured Friday and Saturday. Pool tournaments take place 9 p.m. daily. Smokers are welcome. Happy hour 2-9 p.m. daily. 9900 Sandalfoot Blvd., Boca Raton (561-482-7400; Cricketclub1.com).
Turn 3 Sports Bar: Neighborhood bar with live music nightly. Happy hour 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 23032 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive, Boca Raton (561-483-1964, Turn3sportsbar.com).
The Wishing Well: Bustling and trendy neighborhood pub with an Irish accent. Open mike takes place Monday. Tuesday is college night. Live music is featured four nights a week. Happy hour 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. 111 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton (561-750-5208).
Bardot: Swanky but accommodating to those people with thin wallets, this nightclub and live-music venue brazenly scales the brow from low to high. It is hip, smart and comfortable. 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami (305-576-5570; Bardotmiami.com).
B.E.D.: The restaurant and nightclub features beds acting as tables as guests dine on decadent dishes such as lobster seviche and pan-seared foie gras. DJs spin anything but lullabies, and bed-hoppers can hang out till 5 a.m. 929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-532-9070; Bedmiami.com).
Buck 15: A combination gallery and lounge situated one floor above Miss Yip’s Chinese Café. Works by local artists adorn the walls, and action figures are posed in glass cases. Specialty nights include the hip-hop-infused Takeout Tuesdays and Foxx Roxx with DJ Foxx on Saturday. 707 Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach (305-538-3815; Buck15.com).
Bella Rose: Old-school South Beach bar conceived in part by Cocaine Cowboys filmmakers Alfred Spellman and Billy Corben that eschews chandeliers and stripper poles for disco balls and chalk-scrawled walls. 423 16th St., Miami Beach (305-673-8634; Rakontur.com).
Cabana One: Cozy, poolside lounge located atop the Mayfair Hotel and Spa. No matter where you are sitting or standing at this venue, you can take in a stunning view of the Miami skyline along Biscayne Bay. 3000 Florida Ave., Miami (305-441-0000; Mayfairhotelandspa.com/cabana_one).
Churchill’s Pub: Legendary rock and punk club that specializes in rowdy shows by local and national acts. The kitchen serves British food, stray dogs sometimes run through the front door and punk icon Iggy Pop is occasionally sighted at the bar. 5501 N.E. Second Ave., Miami (305-757-1807; Churchillspub.com).
Grand Central: A 10,000-square-foot space that hosts weekly parties Friday and Saturday nights and books some of the biggest emerging bands in the country. 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami (305-377-2277; Grandcentralmiami.com).
Heathrow Lounge: British-inspired nightclub that has no tolerance for wankers. The venue is divided into four rooms: the elegant Wilde Manor, the burlesque salon Hyde Park, the mod Milk Bar and the sleek Spy Bar. 681 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-534-7583)
Jazid: An unpretentious, two-story South Beach lounge. The Spam Allstars and other funk, Latin and hip-hop acts take the stage regularly. DJs spin mood music upstairs while couples get close on couches in the dimly lit room. 1342 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-673-9372; Jazid.net).
The King Is Dead: Open only Friday and Saturday, this anarchy-themed nightclub is located among the galleries, boutiques and furniture shops along the Design District’s 40th Street. The music is a mellow mix of funk, jazz and soul Fridays, and the club features live bands and DJs Saturdays. The drink prices are steep, but the venue doesn’t charge a cover. 28 N.E. 40th St., Miami (305-573-3355; Kingisdead.com).
Lucky Strike Lanes: Retro bowling lounge that serves custom martinis, features sleek lanes and projects images of artwork on the walls. At night, the alley offers a sporty and laid-back alternative to clubbing. 1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach (305-532-0307; Bowlluckystrike.com).
Mac’s Club Deuce Bar: The 83-year-old venue is the oldest bar in Miami Beach and features an 11-hour daily happy hour from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 222 14th St., Miami Beach (305-531-6200; Deucers.com).
Mansion: Renovated art-deco theater that attracts celebrity hosts and South Beach revelers. The dress code is strictly enforced, and the wait to get in can be extremely long. 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach (305-532-1525; Mansionmiami.com).
The News Lounge: 55th Street Station lounge perfect for socializing with friends or minding your own damn business while nursing an import draft beer. The kitchen stays heated until 2 a.m. and serves European-inspired fare. 5580 N.E. Fourth Court, Suite 4A-5A, Miami (305-758-9932).
Nikki Beach: Lounge where international DJs, fashion shows and sushi help patrons tune out the outside world. 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (305-538-1111; Nikkibeach.com).
Park West Nightclub: Club from the same people behind Miami hot spots such as Space and Cameo. The signature night is Friday’s Stereo. 30 N.E. 11th St., Miami (305-350-7444).
Strike Miami: Sporty nightspot offering bowling and booze. This alley, inside the Dolphin Mall, stays open late with a full-liquor bar and glow-in-the-dark bowling. 11401 N.W. 12th St., Miami (305-594-0200; Strikemiami.com).
Tobacco Road: A Miami landmark that opened in 1912 and has the oldest existing liquor license in Miami-Dade County. The two-story venue presents live music, from blues to jazz to punk and a kitchen that serves excellent fare. 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami (305-374-1198; Tobacco-road.com).
Upper Eastside Garden: Hidden lush garden and mini-golf course in Miami’s historic Upper Eastside. Thursday is movie night. 7244 Biscayne Blvd., Miami (305-984-3231; Uppereastsidegarden.com).
The Vagabond: A downtown collaboration between Backdoor Bamby’s Carmel Ophir and Respectable Street owner Rodney Mayo. 30 N.E. 14th St., Miami (305-379-0508; Thevagabondmiami.com).
White Room: Three-room space that has a breezy courtyard, an intimate red lounge and the center of attraction in the white room. Saturday is indie dance party Poplife. 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami (305-995-5050; Whiteroommiami.com).