Tarpon Bend Celebrates 11 Years in Fort Lauderdale With a Fiery Luau
Yes, Fort Lauderdale's Tarpon Bend has seen its share of crazy. It's been home to impromptu dance sessions and has swung a lit tarpon from the ceiling on New Years Eve. On virtually every weekend in its existence, it's been ass-to-glass packed, from the first floor to the rafters. And it's served plenty of honest food and drink in the process. Bu next week, the Himmarshee Village institution is passing an even bigger milestone. Tarpon Bend will officially turn 11 years old. And it's doing it the only way it knows how: With a rockin' luau that will combine live music, bikinis, and a Hawaiian fire show.
The party will start on Saturday, August 14 at 6 p.m. with a live reggae show. At 8, the tunes will quiet and the lights will dim as a local fire-juggling troupe will take the stage. And just when you thought things couldn't get hotter, a bikini contest at 9:30 will pit Fort Lauderdale's best beach bods against each other for a $500 cash prize. (Ladies can register for the contest in advance here.)
It wouldn't be a Tarpon Bend party without drink specials. Guzzle down $2.50 Coronas and $3.50 Seven Tiki rum drinks all throughout the night. Drink enough of 'em and you might just work up the nerve to take part in the hula-hooping and frozen T-shirt contests spontaneously combusting throughout the evening.
It's been a long ride so far for the two-story bar, restaurant, and grill, especially when so many other places have come and gone in Fort Lauderdale. But the secret to its success, says Abramoff, is simple. "When you have fresh food, drinks, and a great atmosphere, a place can last," he says. "But the best part of Tarpon Bend is it speaks to everybody."