The Keg on Sixth Is on Trend and Off the Beaten Path
Set off the main road, among warehouses, auto repair shops, and cheap motels just south of State Road 84 and west of Federal Highway, the Keg on Sixth isn't a place most Fort Lauderdale residents would just happen to stumble across.
It is, however, part of a quickly growing trend among those in the craft beer set of restaurateurs opening their doors far away from the busy tourist strips like Las Olas Boulevard, Himmarshee Street, and the large commercial streets that run through town.
"We didn't want to be downtown," says Eddie McNerney, who opened the place in March with co-owner Richard Carmichael. "We like that you don't have to fight through the crowd to get a beer, and there's plenty of parking. We wanted a relaxed vibe with lots of different kinds of people."
Keg on Sixth is in good company. With spots like Riverside Market (situated way back in residential Sailboat Bend), Laser Wolf (located in the industrial part of town between Broward and Sunrise boulevards), and Tap 42 (which fully converted the old dive Brownies into one of the busiest places in Fort Lauderdale), these new, beercentric bars and eateries are creating fresh destinations for locals looking to sample an array of craft brew among like-minded people.
Although more urban, Keg on Sixth's interior suits the neighborhood. Edison bulbs hang over the corrugated steel and wood bar. Graffiti covers the wall. Cool concrete lines the floor. The aesthetic is almost industrial yet still warm and inviting.