Fort Lauderdale recommendations?

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    Dec 25, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    I'm traveling to Fort Lauderdale next month. I haven't been in about 5 years. Does anyone have restaurant or bar/club recommendations in Ft. Lauderdale or Wilton Manors? Any fun daytime activities other than hanging out at the beach, which I'm hoping to do?

    Thanks,
    Will
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    Dec 25, 2013 8:44 PM GMT
    MassGuy98 saidI'm traveling to Fort Lauderdale next month. I haven't been in about 5 years. Does anyone have restaurant or bar/club recommendations in Ft. Lauderdale or Wilton Manors? Any fun daytime activities other than hanging out at the beach, which I'm hoping to do?

    Thanks,
    Will

    Send an email to Art_Deco. He knows all that stuff.
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    Dec 25, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    When you get to Wilton Drive..all the bars and clubs are literally next to each other..

    You can start off at Sidelines and work your way up to "The Manor"..

    *Bars/ Restaurants*
    Sidelines,
    Bill's filling Station,
    Alibi,
    Boom,
    Matty's,
    Rosie's,
    The Manor.

    The Ramrod is a Leather themed bar.. (A few blocks south of Sidelines..

    There are tons of smaller bars, coffee houses, Pizzerias and shops in between the places mentioned above.

    Remember..
    Casually mention you are from out of town ..and a virgin.and you'll have the time of your life.

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  • ChicagoSteve

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    Dec 25, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidWhen you get to Wilton Drive..all the bars and clubs are literally next to each other..

    You can start off at Sidelines and work your way up to "The Manor"..

    *Bars/ Restaurants*
    Sidelines,
    Bill's filling Station,
    Alibi,
    Boom,
    Matty's,
    Rosie's,
    The Manor.

    The Ramrod is a Leather themed bar.. (A few blocks south of Sidelines..

    There are tons of smaller bars, coffee houses, Pizzerias and shops in between the places mentioned above.

    Remember..
    Casually mention you are from out of town ..and a virgin.and you'll have the time of your life.

    Yay! icon_biggrin.gif

    When I was there in 2010 I went to the Naked Grape Wine Bar in Wilton Manors and had a great time. Great atmosphere, very pleasant staff, cozy bar. Had some nice chats with other out of town guys. I know it moved from the first location but does anyone know if it's still around?


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    Dec 26, 2013 10:03 AM GMT
    ^ I've passed that bar so many times and never stopped in once.. I really meant to check it out..

    They might have moved..

    According to Yelp they are located..
    2163 Wilton Drive

    Hopefully they didn't close.
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    Dec 26, 2013 12:16 PM GMT
    To Anocxu's list in the Wilton Manors vicinity I would add The Village Pub, opened last year, and currently our favorite bar. Matty's closed and became Rumors. Boom bar & disco has become Hunters for renovation under new ownership, and I believe reopens in February. Off the drive but nearby is Scandals, which goes more for the CW crowd. A little further is The Boardwalk, known for dancer bois in Speedos, and occasional drag. Like on NYE, when Chi Chi Larue will be appearing.

    For light food fare I endorse Rosie's on the Drive, with delightful outdoor covered dining in the Florida style. For a nice full dinner check out gay-owned MoJo on Federal Hwy in FtL. Also dapur restaurant on Federal (but neither of them is far away from WM or the beach), for an excellent pan-Asian selection presented as tapas.

    If you like Greek there's a beautiful new restaurant nearer to the beach along the Intracoastal Waterway in Ftl, Thasos. Aristoshark went with us there, as well as to Rosie's, he can also tell you about them.

    Back on the Drive for another tapas experience try 13|Even, a little place we like across from WM City Hall. Owned by the same couple that has the New Moon bar across from Rosie's, next to Rumors. Just be aware the Moon is lesbian, though we go ourselves because of our lesbian friends.

    We seldom go in The Naked Grape, usually just for functions. I thought they were going to relocate again, off the Drive, so I'll have to go past there and see if they're still operating.

    http://dapurkitchen.com

    http://mojofl.com

    http://villagepubwm.com

    http://thasosgreektaverna.com

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/rosies-bar-and-grill-wilton-manors

    http://www.jumponmarkslist.com/?postal_code=33301
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    Dec 26, 2013 1:16 PM GMT
    ^Party Animal.. icon_confused.gif
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    Dec 26, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
    Wow, thanks for all the tips.

    I might be aging myself, but I remember when there used to be gay bars on Los Olos. There also used to be a fun Tea Dance on the beach in FLL at a place called the Atlantic or Atlantis.
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    Dec 26, 2013 3:02 PM GMT
    MassGuy98 saidWow, thanks for all the tips.

    I might be aging myself, but I remember when there used to be gay bars on Los Olos. There also used to be a fun Tea Dance on the beach in FLL at a place called the Atlantic or Atlantis.


    Cathode on Las Olas and Atlantis... Ahhh

    Yes .. WE are aging..with amazing fun memories.
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    Dec 26, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    Most of the gay bars & clubs have left Fort Lauderdale for Wilton Manors and nearby. Or in the case of Swinging Richards, a gay nude strip club, they went up to Pompano Beach. And The Living Room off Las Olas closed (it was more a mixed bar, anyway).

    The few gay bars in FtL are mostly small neighborhood places, like Mona's and Cubby Hole. And 2 popular Ftl ones already mentioned here, Ramrod (bears & leather) and Boardwalk (Speedo bois & drag queens), are right on the WM boundary.
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    Dec 26, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    Anocxu said^Party Animal..



    I guess so long as you're not Muslim, he'll welcome you to Fort Lauderdale:

    ART_DECO saidMuslims have no business being within 100 miles of the WTC. In fact, as avowed enemies of everything the US stands for, the vast majority proponents of our destruction as a Democratic nation, I don't think they should be in this country at all.


    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1087699
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    Dec 26, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    RainAndSnow said
    Anocxu said^Party Animal..

    I guess so long as you're not Muslim, he'll welcome you to Fort Lauderdale:

    ART_DECO saidMuslims have no business being within 100 miles of the WTC. In fact, as avowed enemies of everything the US stands for, the vast majority proponents of our destruction as a Democratic nation, I don't think they should be in this country at all.


    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1087699

    Your calling card, southbeach. Only you could have rejoined RJ a coupleĀ of days ago and located that old post and pasted it, out of pure malice. And following your usual pattern of disrupting any member here trying to get travel advice.

    Speaking of travel, did you know my guest on my Key West trip in January will be a Muslim from Fort Lauderdale? I've arranged for him to have the hotel room next to ours, and we're gonna show him around KW. He's also been our house guest for dinner, and we go to restaurants with him all the time. So I guess your vile slam is false, as usual.

    Now please don't make any further attempts to derail and trash the OP's post, out of your pure hatred for me. Let's hope he's still able to get some useful advice while we wait for you to be banned from RJ for the umpteenth time.
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    Dec 26, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    RainAndSnow said
    Anocxu said^Party Animal..

    I guess so long as you're not Muslim, he'll welcome you to Fort Lauderdale:

    ART_DECO saidMuslims have no business being within 100 miles of the WTC. In fact, as avowed enemies of everything the US stands for, the vast majority proponents of our destruction as a Democratic nation, I don't think they should be in this country at all.


    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/1087699

    Your calling card, southbeach. Only you could have rejoined RJ a couple of days ago and located that old post and pasted it, out of pure malice. And following your usual pattern of disrupting any member here trying to get travel advice.

    Speaking of travel, did you know my guest on my Key West trip in January will be a Muslim from Fort Lauderdale? I've arranged for him to have the hotel room next to ours, and we're gonna show him around KW. He's also been our house guest for dinner, and we go to restaurants with him all the time. So I guess your vile slam is false, as usual.

    Now please don't make any further attempts to derail and trash the OP's post, out of your pure hatred for me. Let's hope he's still able to get some useful advice while we wait for you to be banned from RJ for the umpteenth time.



    Ah yes, the old "some of my best friends are Muslim / Black / Gay..." defense.

    Your words speak for themselves and are there for all to see in your Muslim hating topic.
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    Dec 26, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    RainAndSnow said
    Your words speak for themselves and are there for all to see in your Muslim hating topic.

    And aside from being a false ad hominem attack, in the best southbeach tradition, it is relevant to Fort Lauderdale travel recomendations HOW?

    Please stop spoiling this thread, for your own warped personal agenda. Do you have anything of substance to contribute on the subject of visiting Fort Lauderdale? If not, then please STFU southbeach. You've been banned more often than anyone else on this site.
  • Selfie77

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    Dec 26, 2013 8:28 PM GMT
    I can give some great Ft Lauderdale suggestions. For a great southern style dinner go to Catfish Dewey's just a little north of town. Also, on state route 84 near the airport is a wonderful German restaurant.
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    Dec 26, 2013 11:43 PM GMT
    MassGuy98 saidI'm traveling to Fort Lauderdale next month. I haven't been in about 5 years. Does anyone have restaurant or bar/club recommendations in Ft. Lauderdale or Wilton Manors? Any fun daytime activities other than hanging out at the beach, which I'm hoping to do?

    Thanks,
    Will


    Hey Will, Do you like swimming? When I was there I paid a visit to the International Swimming Hall Of Fame. You pay a nominal fee and you can swim in 2 different Olympic 50 meter pools, one is shallower and set up for laps, the other pool is very deep (about 17ft)but has lanes available. I swam in the deep pool and there was a scuba class going on at the bottom, kinda cool.
    I just pulled up the website and was shocked to learn the ISHOF is moving out of Ft.Lauderdale in about a year.

    http://www.ishof.org/
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    Dec 27, 2013 1:28 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    Hey Will, Do you like swimming? When I was there I paid a visit to the International Swimming Hall Of Fame. You pay a nominal fee and you can swim in 2 different Olympic 50 meter pools, one is shallower and set up for laps, the other pool is very deep (about 17ft)but has lanes available. I swam in the deep pool and there was a scuba class going on at the bottom, kinda cool.
    I just pulled up the website and was shocked to learn the ISHOF is moving out of Ft.Lauderdale in about a year.

    http://www.ishof.org/

    That's a good suggestion, but phone ahead. The ISHOF is preparing to shut down and leave Fort Lauderdale as you read, due to financial problems. I thought I read where the swimming pool operations were going to shut down soon, unless the local government made some concessions. So check first for hours.

    Of course the Atlantic Ocean is just a block away, if the OP doesn't mind rougher salt water. I don't know where he's staying, but the small pools at the gay guest houses are barely fit for wading, not laps or serious swimming, most are back-yard scale.
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    Dec 27, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    ChicagoSteve said
    Hey Will, Do you like swimming? When I was there I paid a visit to the International Swimming Hall Of Fame. You pay a nominal fee and you can swim in 2 different Olympic 50 meter pools, one is shallower and set up for laps, the other pool is very deep (about 17ft)but has lanes available. I swam in the deep pool and there was a scuba class going on at the bottom, kinda cool.
    I just pulled up the website and was shocked to learn the ISHOF is moving out of Ft.Lauderdale in about a year.

    http://www.ishof.org/

    That's a good suggestion, but phone ahead. The ISHOF is preparing to shut down and leave Fort Lauderdale as you read, due to financial problems. I thought I read where the swimming pool operations were going to shut down soon, unless the local government made some concessions. So check first for hours.

    Of course the Atlantic Ocean is just a block away, if the OP doesn't mind rougher salt water. I don't know where he's staying, but the small pools at the gay guest houses are barely fit for wading, not laps or serious swimming, most are back-yard scale.


    Art, why would the city of Ft. Lauderdale not want to keep them there? They have been there for 50 years! I watched the video on the ISHOF web site and the CEO said the city had different visions of what they wanted to do with a new upgraded Hall Of Fame. i can't believe they could not reach an agreement.
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    Dec 27, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    Wow - I went to ISHOF and the museum was most interesting. It was worth the nominal admission fee on a showery afternoon. The ISHOF will be there until 2015 - 50 year lease started in 1965 will run out there and ISHOF decided not to renew.
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    Dec 27, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Selfie77 saidI can give some great Ft Lauderdale suggestions. For a great southern style dinner go to Catfish Dewey's just a little north of town. Also, on state route 84 near the airport is a wonderful German restaurant.

    Not sure when you last went to Catfish Dewey's, but it's become quite run down, and we won't go there any more. It still has some loyal followers, based on their former reputation, but none of our friends like it, either.

    Old Heidelberg on SR 84 rates better, especially given that German food isn't too common in South Florida. Of course I lived in Germany for several years, so I'm a harsher critic, but it suffices for what it is. They've had live beer-hall style music when I've gone (including an accordion!), and that was fun.

    So naturally depends on what the OP wants, both in kinds of food, and atmosphere. I would guess he wants something unlike what he already has in Massachusetts. Otherwise I might suggest Kelly's Landing, on Cordova Rd off the SE 17th Street causeway. They're a New England seafood restaurant, originally from Boston. Small with a sports decor, mainly a locals' secret, the seafood is flown in daily, and includes fresh Maine lobster.

    http://kellyslanding.com
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    Dec 27, 2013 3:05 AM GMT
    I'm staying at the Grand Resort since I like being close to the beach. I've always had a good time there, nice size and location, fun but not a total bathhouse.

    Thanks for the ISHOF recommendation. I like to swim but not laps, although I'll be sure to wear my speedo when I'm down there.
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    Dec 27, 2013 11:03 AM GMT
    ^Hall of Fame.. Oh dear..
    You wont be getting much swimming done!
    .If I'm at the marina.. I'll say hello and remind you wipe the drool from your chin..icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 27, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    The "RJ stars" bus goes right past Anocxu's house. The tour guide tells stories of the unspeakable debauchery that has gone on in there, most of which he makes up on the spot.
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    Dec 27, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    MassGuy98 saidI'm staying at the Grand Resort since I like being close to the beach. I've always had a good time there, nice size and location, fun but not a total bathhouse.

    Thanks for the ISHOF recommendation. I like to swim but not laps, although I'll be sure to wear my speedo when I'm down there.

    Grand is a nice place. Do they still offer full spa services?

    We drove past it this morning on N Birch on our way to Las Olas from the Galleria (still buying presents for the husband, good sales and the place was deserted).
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    Dec 27, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    Selfie77 saidI can give some great Ft Lauderdale suggestions. For a great southern style dinner go to Catfish Dewey's just a little north of town. Also, on state route 84 near the airport is a wonderful German restaurant.

    Not sure when you last went to Catfish Dewey's, but it's become quite run down, and we won't go there any more. It still has some loyal followers, based on their former reputation, but none of our friends like it, either.

    Old Heidelberg on SR 84 rates better, especially given that German food isn't too common in South Florida. Of course I lived in Germany for several years, so I'm a harsher critic, but it suffices for what it is. They've had live beer-hall style music when I've gone (including an accordion!), and that was fun.

    So naturally depends on what the OP wants, both in kinds of food, and atmosphere. I would guess he wants something unlike what he already has in Massachusetts. Otherwise I might suggest Kelly's Landing, on Cordova Rd off the SE 17th Street causeway. They're a New England seafood restaurant, originally from Boston. Small with a sports decor, mainly a locals' secret, the seafood is flown in daily, and includes fresh Maine lobster.

    http://kellyslanding.com



    Oh I was at Dewey's this past summer. I was surprised that the nice lady who would greet you up front by the cash register wasn't there anymore, but the new lady was nice enough. I hadn't noticed any changes in the food or the place at all which is fine by me. I want it to stay exactly as I remembered it.