Fort Lauderdale is known as a bright and sunny vacation spot, but there’s plenty to do when the sun goes down, too! Between waterfront bars, dinner theaters, ghost tours, and lively nightclubs, there’s no shortage of after-dark fun to be had in “The Venice of America.” With so many vibrant ways to enjoy a night out, deciding where to go can be overwhelming. We’ve provided a list of our favorite spots to experience nightlife in Fort Lauderdale (so you can cut your planning time in half). For even more local tips, be sure to check out our free Travel Guide to Fort Lauderdale!
3 Ways to Discover Nightlife in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale Bars
If you’re looking to cool down with a tropical drink in hand, you’re in luck! There are countless bars to discover here (including popular rooftop bars). For high-end seafood with an impressive selection of wine, cognac, and scotch, visit the Wild Sea Oyster Bar + Grille. If you’re looking for an old-school bar with plenty of live music, check out Original Fat Cats. For a romantic evening out, why not enjoy some oysters and delicious drinks at Southport Raw Bar? Whether you’re out with friends or enjoying a couple’s night out, there’s a Fort Lauderdale bar for everyone.
Lounges and Nightclubs in Fort Lauderdale
Whether you’re into jazz lounges or dance clubs, you’ll find that Fort Lauderdale boasts a wide variety of late-night hangouts. Though we’re no Miami Beach, we still know how to have a good time! We love the 33rd Street Wine Bar for its extended hours and live jazz every Friday night. Stache Drinking Den and Coffee Bar is a favorite because of its vintage flair, tasty cocktails, and weekend entertainment. Finally, if you’re seeking a cultured establishment with a relaxed feel, try Ginger Bay Cafe. This spot features great drinks, live reggae music, and lots of Caribbean culture unique to South Florida! If you’re more into the late-night party scene, try The Manor Complex (a well-known Fort Lauderdale gay bar), Hunters Nightclub, or Cash Only Bar.
Dinner Theater and More
Looking for dinner and a show? Opt for a Fort Lauderdale dinner theatre experience! From Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre to improv comedy clubs, there are several unique dinner theaters in Fort Lauderdale worth checking out. Bring a group of friends or enjoy a date night at one of these unique spots!
Have Drinks by the Pool at Your Private Vacation Rental!
After a fun evening of exploring the nightlife in Fort Lauderdale, it’s time to get a good night’s rest. One of our private, luxurious vacation rentals is a perfect choice! If poolside lounging is more your speed, you don’t even need to leave your home away from home to have a great time. Each of our rentals includes premium amenities like heated pools, outdoor grilling/dining spaces, and complimentary Starbucks coffee (a “morning after” essential). No matter which neighborhood you choose, you’ll be close to all of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale!