We are going on a tour of the best happy hours in Broward County, and you are all invited. Along the way, you’ll enjoy live entertainment, savor Homemade Meatballs with Lemon Herb Ricotta and of course, enjoy some great drink specials.
Bistro Mezzaluna, 741 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale 954-522-9191
Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. Monday through Friday
Bistro Mezzaluna is an elegant spot on 17th Street. It is home to the talented chef, Brian Rutherford. While entrees start at $22 in the main dining room, you can taste chef’s gourmet bites during happy hour for just $5. Enjoy Mussels Marinia, Homemade Meatballs with Lemon Herb Ricotta, Shrimp Spring Rolls with mango salsa and sweet chili-lime dipping sauce and more — all for $5.
Brio Tuscan Grille, locations in Pembroke Pines and Hallandale Beach
Happy Hour: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 p.m.-close
BRIO Tuscan Grille recently kicked off a new happy hour promotion, called BAR BRIOSO. Monday through Friday, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. until closing, bar patrons can enjoy nine “plate” options and a variety of drink specials, all priced between $4 and $6. The plates menu includes a Tomato Margherita Flatbread, Eggplant Fries, the BRIO Burger and Black Pepper Shrimp, while the discounted drink specials include select specialty martinis, sangria, mojitos, four Porta Palo wines and Peroni beer.
Mai Kai, 3599 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale 954-563-3272
Find a way to go to The Molokai Lounge for happy hour, where every day is a holiday. This Polynesian-inspired hotspot features 51 specialty drink, a full bar and an extensive wine list. From 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (the bar is closed Mondays and Tuesdays), guests will enjoy 50% off appetizers and drinks (except bottles of wine, champagne, sidewinders fang and the mystery drink). Wednesday is the hottest day of the week, as from 5 to 9 p.m. there is a complimentary buffet with any drink purchase — and starting at 6 p.m., Ty Olopai will play his Ukulele in the bar area.
Market 17, 1850 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale; (954) 835-5507
For those looking for farm fresh food, creatively prepared, Market 17 is a top choice. Chef Lauren DeShields had created an ever-changing menu, highlighting what is fresh and in season. While dining in the main dining room always leaves our palates dancing in delight, their happy hour shines in our book. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. daily, guests can enjoy 50% off all appetizers, drinks, glasses of wine and beer at the bar only.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Happy Hour: Open to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to closing
While a visit to Morton’s can put a huge dent in your last paycheck, a visit does not need to ruin your budget if you plan it right. Instead of indulging in a juicy steak in the main dining room, why not take part in their Power Hour, available from opening until 6:30 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to closing? Both food and drink specials will have you smiling — $5.50 for beer (ie. Sam Adams, Budweiser, Bud Light), $7 for house wine, and $8 for select martinis and cocktails. If you’re hungry, you’ll want to nibble on some bar bites — priced between $6 and $7. We highly suggest the Mini Crab Cake BLT’s, the Tuna Tacos or Filet Mignon trio.
PF Chang’s, locations in Sunrise at Sawgrass Mills and at The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale
Happy Hour: 3 to 6 p.m., every day
Taking advantage of prices ranging from $3 to $6, you can easily feast on PF Chang specialties, and still stay in your budget. For beverages, enjoy import drafts for $3, import bottles for $4, select wines for $5 and specialty cocktails for $6. As for food, enjoy egg rolls for $2, Crab Wontons or Chicken Lettuce Wraps for $5, and Seared Ahi Tuna or Salt & Pepper Calamari for $6.
RA Sushi, 201 SW 145th Terr., Pembroke Pines
Happy Hour: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday
It’s a party in the RA at RA Sushi six days a week. During this time, you will enjoy some incredible food and drink specials like $3.75 hot sake, $4 well drinks and Sapporo, $5.75 for select cocktails, $6.75 for wine and more. If getting a bite to eat is more of what you are after, you will enjoy the specials on select sushi, appetizers and tapas like Viva Las Vegas Rolls; Shishito Peppers; Spicy Chicken Wings; Seared Tuna; and more.
Timpano Italian Chophouse, 450 Las Olas Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale; 954-462-9119
If you like to be in the middle of the action with an upbeat and sophisticated vibe that gives you a super club feel, make plans to visit Timpano Italian Chophouse, just steps away from Las Olas. Happy Hour takes place from 4 to 7 pm and you can enjoy 50% off select liquors, wines and bottle beer. As an added bonus, sign up for their email newsletter and score yourself a complimentary flight of wine.
Yardhouse, The Village of Gulfstream in Hallandale Beach
Happy Hour: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 p.m. to closing Sunday through Wednesday
Beer drinkers unite at this hip, upscale sports bar located at The Village of Gulfstream. Find a seat at the bar, one of the spacious booths or outside when the weather is nice and get ready for a night of drinking, socializing and cheering on your favorite team. During Happy Hour, you will enjoy domestic pints (starting at $3.75), imports/craft beers ($4.25 to $6.75), wine ($2 off) and martinis ($6.50). Select appetizers are half price, including pizzas, onion ring tower, wings, spicy tuna roll and chicken lettuce wraps.
*These specials are current, as of Jan. 16, 2014.