Six Coolest New Clubs and Bars in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach
South Florida's nightlife scene can be fickle. What once was your favorite EDM/alterna-electro joint flipped to a merengue and bachata club overnight. Sure, the beats are still good, but you haven't the slightest idea how to move your hips so fluidly. And you miss your favorite DJs. Where did they go?
It's a world that's hard to keep track of, packed with dozens of surprises and great lighting. This past year, a bevy of new clubs and bars has arisen. Some of our favorite spots shuttered their doors, sure, but we've compiled a list of the top six new clubs in Broward and Palm Beach counties to help you, dear reader, find a new hangout to get down.
6. The Dubliner
With the original opening in Boca Raton in 2005, club mogul Rodney Mayo brought his Irish-pub-with-a-hip-bent over to Himmarshee last summer, and it's been packed ever since.
Tuesday nights are run by venerable Fort Laudy man-about-town/Mission Veo frontman Jonny Veo and features the liveliest ladies' night (ladies drink free till midnight) in downtown. The club also hosts art exhibitions, cosplay nights, '80s dance parties, retro-videogame nights, and a wild assortment of themed date nights. There's lots going on here other than just drafts of Irish ale, but if you are looking for Smithwicks, there's kegs of the delectable red ale to go around. The Dubliner also brings in a different band every Friday and Saturday night.
5. Next Door
Coffeehouse by day (beans brought to you by Brew Urban), library-themed lounge by night, this new venture by multipurpose media company C&I Studios provides a much-needed chill-ass hangout that was missing in the FAT Village Arts District. Heady English-major types have much to love inside the 3,000-square-foot confines of Next Door. With wall-to-wall books and cocktails inspired by famous music men like Ian McKaye (on the straight-edge menu) or writers like Jane Austin (for those who like booze), this place is a lit nut's dream.