Ten Bicycle-Friendly Bars in Fort Lauderdale
Michael E. Miller
Bicyclists of Fort Lauderdale, we feel your pain. We know it can be tough navigating America's fourth most dangerous metropolitan area for biking and walking and risking getting pulled over and profiled for lack of registration, all while dodging some of America's worst drivers.
Yet despite less-than-ideal conditions, our little bike scene seems to be flourishing. We're leading the way for up-and-coming niche sports like hardcourt bike polo, and while we're not quite drawing the thousands of riders (not to mention stars like Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union) of Miami's Critical Mass, our own fledgling Critical Mass monthly night ride has quite the active following.
So what do the bike riders of Fort Lauderdale do to let off some steam and commiserate -- besides getting together to ride, that is? They drink! With tips from some in-the-know Critical Mass regulars, we've put together a list of the most bike-friendly bars to do just that.
Roll in, lock up, and have yourself a cold one. These ten Fort Lauderdale watering holes all welcome bicyclists with nearby parking -- and they might even reward you with some drink specials.
10. Maguire's Hill 16
Biker Kim Peters is a fan of this off-the-beach Fort Lauderdale staple, where plenty of outdoor seating plus nightly live music make for a great ambiance postride. Plus, she says there are "tons of places to park, and the owners are easy-going."
9. T-Mex Cantina
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Not only is T-Mex one of the best outlets for inexpensive Mexican street food in Fort Lauderdale but, according to Critical Mass rider Rachel Ungarten, it offers "space to drop your bike and/or lock up where you can see your ride while enjoying food, drink, and music."
535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL