South Floridians know how to party. From Fort Lauderdale to Miami there are night clubs and bars (21 and up) to enjoy for everyone. That makes accounting for peoples’ unique preferences a matter of breadth and depth. Ft. Lauderdale partygoers can enjoy a wide range of music from techno to hip-hop to rock to mixed-dance in the area’s hottest dance clubs. If you are new to the Fort Lauderdale area or just need a guide to the dance clubs, let’s get this party started!
Located near the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Science and Discovery (which also houses one of the most enormous IMAX screens in the country) is a parking garage which (though one of many) is safe and parking is always available. Let this be your gateway to the night clubs and bars on Himmarshee Street.
The first stop for partygoers along the Himmarshee strip should be America’s Backyard. This place is essentially an enormous dance club with multiple party rooms, varying genres of music, and the entire scene is designed to resemble a beach rave. If you arrive early, parking is also available by meter or along the strip for $5-$10. It is always a smart idea to bring $20-$40 in case of cover fees and/or the possibility of taking a cab home.
Capone’s is another Fort Lauderdale dance club located on the corner of Himmarshee Street. Their claim to fame is 3-4-1 drink specials. Inexpensive drinks early in the evening are a nice incentive, and the beautiful wait staff is another. Capone’s has a reputation for being the place to both begin and end the night.
Found on Sunrise Boulevard, just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful beach is Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall. Next to fine dining and one of the most upscale malls in South Florida, Blue Martini Galleria offers one of the most fun ambiances of any dance club the area has to offer. There is usually a spectacular live band playing the most popular music on the radio. There are three bar stations (sometimes more) and the best is outside where the South Florida weather accompanies the top-shelf drinks to perfection. To save customers money, there is a parking garage for the Galleria Mall that obviates the need for valet parking.
YOLO (an acronym for the uber-popular expression “You Only Live Once”) Ft. Lauderdale is not exclusively a dance club, but it is one of the hottest bars/clubs in town. YOLO is home to the heavy-hitters on Las Olas Boulevard shelling out big bucks and mostly driving automobiles that are usually reserved for the car show! The appetizers at YOLO are scrumptious and the dance floor can get rocking if the crowd is just right. Parking can be found by valet or along the Las Olas strip.
There are dozens of other great choices, but America’s Backyard, Capone’s Blue Martini and YOLO are four of the premier Ft. Lauderdale night club destinations. If you are on vacation be sure to take advantage of all this magnificent city has to offer.