Unwind at the Top Riverfront Bars in Fort Lauderdale

Looking for some exciting nightlife escapades during your vacation in Fort Lauderdale? There are some fantastic riverfront Fort Lauderdale bars that feature live music, unique drinks, and fun atmospheres. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop bar, a relaxed, speakeasy-style haunt, or a high-energy nightclub, we have you covered! Read on to discover some of our favorite watering holes. For more riverfront hangouts in Fort Lauderdale, download our free Travel Guide. It features even more local recommendations!

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Shooters Waterfront

This laid-back spot on the Intracoastal Waterway is a favorite of riverfront Fort Lauderdale bars. Shooters features a majestic outdoor space that is just as beautiful in the daylight as it is at night. With three large, artfully designed bars, you will love lounging at this chic spot!


Classic American eats, live music, and a huge patio are all characteristics of the Rendezvous Waterfront Bar & Grill. Located in beautiful Marina Bay, Rendezvous is convenient by car or boat! Dock your vessel and walk right in for some drinks or a meal.

The Pirate Republic Bar

Ahoy, matey! The Pirate Republic Bar features a Caribbean-Mediterranean menu, live music, and a weeknight happy hour that will make your vacation even better! This spot has umbrellas and tables that overlook the waterfront and a dreamy menu featuring zesty seafood dishes.

Original Fat Cats

This old-school dive bar with over 80 beers and live music is a fun place to spend your evening on the riverfront. Original Fat Cats is characterized by dark, Americana-covered walls and reggae on Wednesday nights. Come to this bar if you love live music, cheap beer, and a great game of pool!

Southport Raw Bar

Wash down raw bar delicacies with crisp beer or wine at Southport Raw Bar. With a beach shack vibe and dockside patio, Southport Raw Bar sells more oysters than any other restaurant in Fort Lauderdale!  

Wild Sea Oyster Bar + Grille

For a slick, high-end seafood bar on the riverwalk, try the Wild Sea Oyster Bar + Grille. With an impressive selection of wine, cognac, and scotch, this luxurious location includes vibrant decor and contemporary design for a fancy evening out on the Las Olas waterfront.


If you’re looking for some divine seafood or steak and an exciting bar scene, try Boatyard. Here, you’ll find some unique decor and a gorgeous interior. A large oak tree is the centerpiece of the outdoor patio, while a stunning oar chandelier hangs above the Art Deco bar inside.

Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar

Looking for a nostalgic, speakeasy spot? Check out Stache Drinking Den + Coffee Bar. The comfy lounge area transforms into a trendy nightclub and mixology hotspot once night falls. Come by for a cup of coffee during the day and a perfectly crafted cocktail at night!


This list of riverfront Fort Lauderdale bars would not be complete without mentioning Capone’s. This nightclub is the place for those who love to dance the night away. With an upbeat D.J. spinning and drinks flowing, a good time is sure to be had at Capone’s!

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