Happy Hour: Bru's Room in Pompano Beach
|Photo by Pat Rothblatt|
The place: Bru's Room Sports Grill, 235 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach. Call 954-785-2227.
The hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night.
The deal: Daytime happy hour gets you half-price domestic drafts, well drinks, and house wine and $2 domestic longnecks. Late night, you get half-price on all drinks, excluding shots and Red Bull.
The digs: Each location in the ever-expanding Bru's Room empire has its own feel, but they're all sports bars, with everything that that entails: bar signage, sports team paraphernalia, and flat screens, flat screens, and more flat screens.
Bru's locations have a stamp of authenticity since they're owned and actively managed by '80s-era Dolphins linebacker Bob "Bru" Brudzinski. The crowd is a mix of sports-bar regulars, casual drinkers, and neighborhood folks stopping in for some cheap drinks and food. Brudzinski co-owns the chain with Wings 'N Things founder Eddie Hauck, so the wings are notoriously good.
The verdict: Bru's is casual enough to be an anyday pit stop -- it doesn't abuse the senses with loud TVs and even louder music. But its real purpose is for those of us who want to share the big, and not-so-big games, with kindred hearts. For anyone who pumps teal and orange blood, this bar is serious about fandemonium. Plus, it's nice to go to a bar with happy hours that last for all but three hours each weekday (!), and from 10 p.m. until close on the weekend. Fun fact: The late-night happy-hour deal is better than the one earlier in the day.