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Drinking

  • Best brewery in South Florida 2017: Funky Buddha

    Best brewery: Funky Buddha

    BEST BREWERY Funky Buddha Brewery 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-440-0046; FunkyBuddhaBrewery.com Responsible for dessert beers such as Nib Smuggler (chocolate milk-flavored porter), No Crusts (peanut butter and jelly brown ale) and French Toast (cinnamon and vanilla double brown ale) and,...

  • Best new brewery in South Florida 2017: Invasive Species Brewing

    Best new brewery: Invasive Species Brewing

    BEST NEW BREWERY Invasive Species Brewing 726 NE Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 754-666-2687; InvasiveSpeciesBrewing.BigCartel.com Fort Lauderdale’s newest brewery resembles a hunting lodge, its taproom walls decorated with taxidermy alligators, boars and swordfish. Blame the mounted animals on...

  • Best beer in South Florida 2017: Due South Caramel Cream Ale

    Best beer: Due South Caramel Cream Ale

    BEST BEER Due South Caramel Cream Ale Due South Brewing Co., 2900 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach; 561-463-2337; DueSouthBrewing.com Hoppy IPAs, heavy porters and mouth-puckering sours are all well and good, but sometimes we crave a beer that brings us back to the sweet and sodalicious days of...

  • Best beer selection in South Florida 2017: Riverside Market

    Best beer selection: Riverside Market

    BEST BEER SELECTION IN A BAR OR RESTAURANT Riverside Market 608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-358-8333; TheRiversideMarket.com Some 500 bottles and cans beckon from grab-and-go cases at Julian and Lisa Siegel’s flagship craft-beer-and-bites market, overstocked with brews local and international,...

  • Best tiki bar in South Florida 2017: Mai-Kai

    Best tiki bar: Mai-Kai

    BEST TIKI BAR Mai-Kai Restaurant 3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-3272; MaiKai.com This monument to Polynesian kitsch offers stiff retro cocktails, rum-soaked conviviality and eyeball-assaulting tropical shirts. It has been pouring high-octane mai tais and rumrunners for more than...

  • Best cheap drinks in South Florida 2017: Artie's Sportsmen Lounge

    Best cheap drinks: Artie's Sportsmen Lounge

    BEST CHEAP DRINKS Artie’s Sportsmen Lounge 2218 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood; 954-927-7176; Facebook.com/pages/Arties-Sportsmen-Lounge If you are smoke-averse, do not enter. But if you are tired of $20 craft cocktails and $10 pints in trendy spots, this dive bar is for you. The draft beer costs...

  • Best pub in South Florida 2017: The Blue Anchor

    Best pub: The Blue Anchor

    BEST PUB The Blue Anchor 804 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-7272; TheBlueAnchor.com There are spirits in the spirits of the Blue Anchor. At least, that’s the legend of the popular pub in downtown Delray Beach. Talk has it that there’s a “boo” in the booze because the joint is haunted by...

  • Best wine bar in South Florida 2017: The Naked Grape Wine and Tapas

    Best wine bar: The Naked Grape Wine and Tapas

    BEST WINE BAR The Naked Grape Wine and Tapas 2163 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; 954-563-5631; NakeGrapeWineBar.com Looking for a place in Wilton Manors on a weekend night with an unplugged vibe and where a person can actually have a conversation, many nightlife lovers hang out in the popular wine...

  • Best gay bar in South Florida 2017: Hotel Gaythering

    Best gay bar: Hotel Gaythering

    BEST GAY BAR Hotel Gaythering 1409 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 786-284-1176; Gaythering.com You might well wonder how the bar in a gay hotel can possibly compete with Miami Beach gay bars that focus solely on gayliciousness. Well, the answer is Hotel Gaythering’s lobby bar has a friendlier vibe...

  • Best rooftop bar in South Florida 2017: Ocho

    Best rooftop bar: Ocho

    BEST ROOFTOP BAR Ocho (in the Soho Beach House) 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-507-7900; SoHoBeachHouse.com The first thing you need to know is that Ocho is in the Soho Beach House, a private club blended into a boutique hotel. So you can either get a room (the least expensive one will run...

  • Best patio bar in South Florida 2017: C.W.S. Bar and Kitchen

    Best patio bar: C.W.S. Bar and Kitchen

    BEST BAR PATIO C.W.S. Bar and Kitchen 522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561-318-5637; CWSLW.com This gastropub is named after the fictional character Charles William Stache, who is billed as "a world traveler, financier, smuggler." It hits just the right mix of chillaxed vibe and youthquake hot spot....

  • Best sports bar in South Florida 2017: Bokampers

    Best sports bar: Bokampers

    BEST SPORTS BAR Bokampers 3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-900-5584; Bokampers.com How distracting is the combination of ribs, burgers, beer and atmosphere at Kim Bokamper’s TV-lined pigskin pen on Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway? So great that you hardly notice the Gators, Seminoles,...

  • Best happy hour in South Florida 2017: Beaker and Gray

    Best happy hour: Beaker and Gray

    BEST HAPPY HOUR Beaker and Gray 2637 N. Miami Ave, Miami; 305-699-263; BeakerAndGray.com For people who can’t make Beaker and Gray’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., they can enjoy the same specials later in the night, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The industrial-chic spot in Wynwood...

  • Best yappy hour in South Florida 2017: The Parrot Lounge

    Best yappy hour: The Parrot Lounge

    BEST YAPPY HOUR The Parrot Lounge 911 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-1493; ParrotLounge.com Perhaps the Parrot has an unfair advantage in this category, due to its location across the street from Fort Lauderdale’s Dog Beach, but the folks there have embraced it in admirable style. The monthly...

  • Best margaritas in South Florida 2017: Tacocraft

    Best margaritas: Tacocraft

    BEST MARGARITAS Tacocraft 204 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-2003; 5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami; 305-668-5612; TacoCraft.com Tacocraft’s cute margaritas are served in Mason jars. Seven are listed on the menu, but if you ask your bartender nicely, he or she will add special twists to the...

  • Best cocktails in South Florida 2017: The Broken Shaker

    Best cocktails: The Broken Shaker

    BEST COCKTAIL The Broken Shaker 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach; 305-531-2727; Facebook.com/BrokenShakerMiami A revered team of bartenders works without a net at the Broken Shaker, a nook of dive-y romance in the Freehand Hostel, daring you with exotic mescals (Del Maguey Pechuga, for instance)...

  • Best waterfront bar in South Florida 2017: Pelican Landing

    Best waterfront bar: Pelican Landing

    BEST WATERFRONT BAR Pelican Landing 2301 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-6666; Facebook.com/PelicanLanding It isn’t so much about what’s in your glass as what’s in the vista unveiled as you ascend to the upper deck at this laid-back Intracoastal hideaway behind the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and...

Going out

  • Best nightclub of South Florida 2017: ClubSpace

    Best nightclub: ClubSpace

    BEST NIGHTCLUB ClubSpace 37 NE 11th St., Miami; 786-357-6456; ClubSpace.com What’s not to love about this mega nightclub that doesn’t shut down on weekends? The ground floor was recently renovated to accommodate live performances. Some of the best electronic acts play late-night sets on the terrace,...

  • Best bar with live music in South Florida 2017: Jimbo's Sandbar

    Best bar with live music: Jimbo's Sandbar

    BEST BAR WITH LIVE MUSIC Jimbo’s Sandbar 6200 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954-927-9560; JimbosSandbar.com Jimbo’s Sandbar sits on the Intracoastal near the Dania Beach Boulevard bridge and on weekends draws an unpretentious mix of partiers who eat, drink and jam to live bands. One never knows who...

  • Best place to people-watch in South Florida 2017: Lincoln Road Mall

    Best place to people-watch: Lincoln Road Mall

    BEST PLACE TO PEOPLE-WATCH Lincoln Road Mall Between 16th and 17th streets on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach Lincoln Road Mall may be grossly overrun with chain retail stores (Banana Republic, H&M, Apple), but the shoppers are far more interesting than anything for sale on the open-air, mile-long...

  • Best music festival in South Florida 2017: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

    Best music festival: Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival

    BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee; OkeechobeeFest.com Equal parts rock festival, EDM carnival and spiritual communion, the third annual Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival returns March 1-4 to the woods of Sunshine Grove near Lake Okeechobee....

  • Best rock club of South Florida 2017: Revolution Live

    Best rock club: Revolution Live

    BEST ROCK CLUB Revolution Live 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; JoinTheRevolution.net Rock ’n’ roll has become an eye-of-the-beholder genre defined as much by attitude as anything else, but you know it when you see it at Revolution Live in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It’s home to...

  • Best place to hang out in South Florida 2017: Park and Ocean

    Best place to hang out: Park and Ocean

    BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT Park and Ocean, 1399 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-357-2606; ParkAndOcean.com A friend said it best, and with the best intentions: “It’s like you’re not even in Fort Lauderdale.” Nestled among a shady arc of sea grape trees, Park and Ocean is a thoughtfully curated...

  • Best yoga studio in South Florida 2017: Barkan Method Hot Yoga

    Best yoga studio: Barkan Method Hot Yoga

    BEST PLACE TO DO YOGA Barkan Method Hot Yoga 2370 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-563-0488, BarkanMethod.com Barkan Method Hot Yoga claims to be the first hot-yoga studio in South Florida, having opened 34 years ago. It’s a sanctuary in a strip mall. The studio comfortably fits 75 people...

  • Best art event in South Florida 2017: Art Basel

    Best art event: Art Basel

    BEST ART EVENT/ART WALK Art Basel Miami Beach 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach; 305-674-1292; ArtBasel.com/Miami-Beach Every December since 2002, most of Miami-Dade County becomes a blank canvas for the world’s brightest artists. Wynwood gains a fresh flurry of graffiti, and throngs of...

  • Best pop culture event in South Florida 2017: Florida Supercon

    Best pop culture event: Florida Supercon

    BEST POP-CULTURE GATHERING/CONVENTION Florida Supercon 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-399-1330; FloridaSupercon.com Every summer, leagues of cosplayers, gamers and comic-book fans assemble at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for all manner of cosplay contests,...

  • Best museum in South Florida 2017: Perez Art Museum Miami

    Best museum: Perez Art Museum Miami

    BEST MUSEUM Perez Art Museum Miami 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami; 305-375-3000, PAMM.org A bastion of cutting-edge contemporary art offering sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, this Herzog & de Meuron-designed museum is Miami in a nutshell: of-the-moment, global in appeal and heavy on Caribbean, Central...

  • Best farmers market in South Florida 2017: Yellow Green Market

    Best farmers market: Yellow Green Market

    BEST FARMERS’ MARKET Yellow Green Farmers Market 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood; 954-513-3990; YGFarmersMarket.com Weekends are meant for funky, artisanal brunching at this open-air warehouse, home to vendors hocking crafts, clothing and unusual epicurean delights. More flea market than food hall,...

  • Best food event in South Florida 2017: Sweet Corn Fiesta

    Best food event: Sweet Corn Fiesta

    BEST FOOD EVENT / FESTIVAL Sweet Corn Fiesta ​​​​​​​Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; SweetCornFiesta.com Palm Beach County is the sweet corn capital of the world, and every April, South Floridians gather to celebrate the coveted title with...

  • Best beach in South Florida 2017: Hollywood

    Best beach: Hollywood

    BEST BEACH Hollywood Beach ​​​​​​​Johnson Street and A1A; FloridasHollywood.org/HollywoodBeachBroadwalk.aspx Hollywood Beach Broadwalk feels like it’s nestled in a small, 1950s town. Colorful mom-and-pop restaurants, shops and hotels line one side of the boardwalk while the other offers guests...

  • Best place for a first date in South Florida 2017: Xtreme Action Park

    Best place for a first date: Xtreme Action Park

    BEST PLACE FOR A FIRST DATE Xtreme Action Park 5300 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale; 954-491-6265; XtremeActionPark.com Eliminate the awkward first-date chitchat with some Skee-Ball, bowling or roller skating. At Xtreme Action Park, the options are seemingly endless. In addition to more than 100...

  • Best theater company in South Florida 2017: Thinking Cap Theatre

    Best theater company: Thinking Cap Theatre

    BEST THEATER COMPANY Thinking Cap Theatre The Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts, 1501 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-610-7263; ThinkingCapTheatre.com There are many excellent theater companies in South Florida, a few of them frequently trying edgy work. But few of them consistently go all...

  • Best staycation hotel in South Florida 2017: Colony Hotel and Cabana Club

    Best staycation hotel: Colony Hotel and Cabana Club

    BEST STAYCATION HOTEL Colony Hotel and Cabana Club 525 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach; 561-276-4123; ColonyFlorida.com Not to be confused with the similarly named establishment in Palm Beach, this Atlantic Avenue treasure was built in 1926 during Prohibition and is one of the historic hotels of...

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