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).