10 Beach Bars In Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Updated 2021

beach bars in fort lauderdale
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While Miami and Orlando take much of the global attention as Floridian holiday destinations, Fort Lauderdale might fly under the radar by the standards of its better-known sister cities. However, for the smart tourist, there is plenty to appreciate about this city with its upscale dining and shopping options, along with the chance to enjoy some time in its bars and clubs. With fewer crowds than Miami and less of a corporate feel than the theme parks of Orlando, Fort Lauderdale is a place you can let your hair down in comfort and style. Just check out these excellent beach bars in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA to get an idea for the kind of evening you could have in this fascinating city.

1. Hunter's Beach Bar


This relaxed beach bar has the perfect vibe for a no-frills, all-thrills night out by the beach in Fort Lauderdale. Praised by visitors for its exceptionally friendly staff and its retro feel, you’ll find nothing is too much trouble for the good people at Hunter’s. If you’re looking for an inexpensive night out with bartenders who will welcome you like an old friend, then this bar, with its live music, selection of beers and simple, tasty food, will be right up your street.

Hunter's Beach Bar

Address: 235 Almond Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Website: Hunter’s Beach Bar

Opening hours: 10:00am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 10 USD

2. Rock Bar


If you’re looking for a bar that offers excellent cocktails, glam aesthetic and delicious, simple food, you will find it here on Fort Lauderdale’s South Beach Boulevard. You may not be in Miami, but there is a real Miami-vice feel to the set-up, and if you can snag a spot on one of the two outdoor couches you’ll enjoy a perfect vantage point for people-watching in the heart of the seafront. The food is standard bar fare, but amped up to the maximum - try their nachos with hamburger meat, with a touch of salsa to take it to the next level.

Rock Bar

Address: 219 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd

Website: Rock Bar

Opening hours: 11:00am-04:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

3. Blondies Sports Bar


Anyone who knows anything about Florida knows that sports make for a major part of life in this state, and whether your game is football, basketball, soccer or anything else besides, you can always rely on Blondies to offer you a big screen to watch it on. While you take in a game, you can also enjoy their tasty line in pub grub and either an ice cold beer or a thirst-quenching margarita - all in the knowledge that you’ve got the beach within walking distance should the game not go the way you were hoping.

Blondies Sports Bar

Address: 229 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Website: Blondies Sports Bar

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 12:00pm-02:00am, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-03:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

4. Elbo Room

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Leonard J. DeFran... used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The locals know Elbo Room as one of the city’s most popular dive bars, that’s for sure. What a visitor may not realize is that this fortified bar is also considered one of the area’s best places to ride out the storms that occasionally hit south Florida. With live music a frequent feature of the bar, and retro nights highly popular with the clientele, this is an unpretentious spot you’ll be delighted you visited. Although they don’t serve food, they take a relaxed attitude to you bringing food from elsewhere and eating it here, and with their full bar, you’ll always have something fine with which to wash it down.

Elbo Room

Address: 241 S Ft Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Website: Elbo Room

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am-01:00am, Fri-Sat 11:00am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 10 USD

5. Ocean 2000


This upmarket beach bar is ideal if you’re not up for one of the dive-bar vibes popular elsewhere in Fort Lauderdale. Ocean 2000 is a bar with a more refined approach, right down to the pictured bar foods - it’s less a “nachos and cheese” place, more a “chowder and plantain chips” establishment. Attached to the Pelican Grand Beach resort, this bar is still a superb place to kick back and relax, but you might want to dress up a little. Don’t worry, it’s well worth the effort.

Ocean 2000

Address: 2000 N Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305,

Website: Ocean 2000

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 07:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 07:00am-11:00pm, Sun 11:30am-2:30pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

6. d Street Wine Bar


Just off north Ocean Boulevard, this stately bar is perfect for those whose tastes - at least occasionally - veer away from cold beers and towards a finely-aged bottle of fine wine. The ideal night spot for a more mature crowd, 33rd Street Wine Bar has an excellently-curated list of wines - at the most recent count, 120 different wines, all served by the glass. To make the experience better still, the owner Candace has laid on an excellent range of cheeses, making for an excellent, high-end evening for all attendees.

33rd Street Wine Bar

Address: 3337 NE 33rd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Website: 33rd Street Wine Bar

Opening hours: 5:00pm-02:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

7. Just 1 More Tavern


As the reviews online indicate, this is not the place for you if you’re looking for a hipster bar or gastropub. It is very much for you if you want to step off the beach into a bar with an off-kilter, cheerful vibe and a wide range of bottled beers. The walls are adorned by neon bar signs, and the entire feel is of a place that combines the best elements of a sports bar, local pub, and lounge and produces a welcoming hostelry you’ll want to come back to.

Just 1 More Tavern

Address: 3074 NE 33rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Website: Just 1 More Tavern

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 3:00pm-02:00am, Sat-Sun 3:00pm-03:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

8. Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar & Cafe

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Even in winter, the temperatures can get pretty high in Fort Lauderdale, which makes it extremely tempting to try a frozen cocktail. That’s just one of the many options for clientele at the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar and Cafe, a highly affordable and attractive nightspot with dive bar prices but a more upmarket aesthetic. The food is reassuringly unpretentious, with chicken wings, burgers, and pizzas a major element of the cuisine, and the share platters (also known as Grouper Bites) make the entire experience a communal, enjoyable way to spend an evening or more.

Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar & Cafe

Address: Behind Ocean Manor Beach Resort, 4040 Galt Ocean Dr # B1-A, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

Website: Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar & Cafe

Opening hours: 07:00am-10:00pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

9. Oceanmist Pub & Bar

Posted by Ocean Mist Pub on Sunday, 30 June 2019

Oceanmist is under no illusions, and makes no apologies, about what it is. This is a classic dive bar and the patrons like it that way - the food is simple but tasty and you will have no shortage of options as to what you want to drink. The pub aesthetic is unmistakable, from the pool tables and unpretentious decoration to the extremely competitive prices, but this bar, above all else, is a welcoming place to have a few drinks and cool off from a day on the beach.

Oceanmist Pub & Bar

Address: 210 Commercial Blvd, 33308 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

Website: Oceanmist Pub & Bar

Opening hours: 10:00am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 10 USD

10. Backflip Beach Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

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Posted by Backflip Beach Bar on Sunday, March 7, 2021

This low-key beach bar is attached to the ever-so-hip Plunge Beach Hotel on Fort Lauderdale’s seafront, but you don’t need to be a hotel guest to enjoy the hospitality here. Themed cocktails and light bites are very much the order of the day, although with an expanding menu you can enjoy one of their larger meals - the bacon hamburgers are particularly highly recommended.

Backflip Beach Bar

Address: 4660 El Mar Dr, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

Website: Backflip Beach Bar

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11:00am -10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-11:00pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

You'll love Lauderdale, and there are bars for all tastes

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Fort Lauderdale may not be as well-known and widely-recognized as some of Florida’s other cities, but that doesn’t stop it from being an enthralling place to visit. Whether you’re partial to cheese and wine, a greasy burger and beer, or cocktails with hot wings, there’s a bar here that will suit you down to the ground, and each of these bars is an important fixture on the Fort Lauderdale hospitality scene.

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Antonia Kelly is a freelance writer based in Leicester, UK and she enjoys European travel as well as road trips closer to home. Her favourite domestic destinations include Snowdonia and the Brecon...Read more

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