It started as a simple “hey let’s go for a bike ride and have a beer somewhere”. From there the idea grew into “hey let’s see if we can ride to 6 different bars in one day and write a Perfect Day article on the experience”, so here we go…
The format for this perfect day will be a Chronological List of the locations we visited along with the beers/drinks I had at each location (most being from a local FL brewer).
1. Start: B-Cycle at Oakland Drive and A1A @ 3098 N. Ocean Blvd*
a. Swipe your credit card and grab a bike – it’s basically that simple.
b. If for some reason no bikes available here, there are other stations within walking distance, check http://broward.bcycle.com/
a. Our first stop will be Riverside Market, which is the furthest out. From there each stop gets closer to the starting point so we end up close to where we started…. I’ll include a full map of the entire route at the end of the article, so as not to bog us down with details as we read…. We’ll be taking some interesting back roads on our route, but feel free to use google maps and make your own route if you get off-track…
b. Riverside Market is cool because they open early (but it is nice and chill and dark inside) and have great breakfast beers like Shofferhoffer Grapefruit and Sunshine St. Pils. Just grab your beers from the cooler and pay once you are done (bring your empties to register to pay) – they have food too if you didn’t eat breakfast – you are going to wish you had eaten earlier, I promise…
The Downtowner is on the way back, heading down the river towards the beachfront, and on our route results in a nice ride past some pretty fountains and up/down a set of coral-colored pedestrian ramps that are fun to ride down. With outside seating the view of the River here is great. I had a Caramel Cream Ale from Due South that was smooth, creamy and delicious, along with some French fries and a side of Mayo to help coat our stomachs and add some carbo-power for things-to-come.
4. Ride to Two&
Two& is a bar that also has a bike shop and antique store (or flip that and make it a bike shop that has a bar if you want). The owners are active in the weekly night rides around Fort Lauderdale, and Two& is a great place to drop-in and find friends talking about their latest bike-riding or bike-building endeavors, and you may find live music like Spanish Guitar or some Ukulele or Stones/Beatles covers.
I enjoy the laid-bike vibe here, along with the fact they have Big Rod Coconut Ale on draft from Miami Brewing Company. Here it’s tempting to have more than one beer, but we had to cruise in hopes of finishing our trip by our 3PM cutoff time. The location is perfect for our trip because it means you should be riding the riverfront and then along Los Olas Blvd. from the Downtowner to Two&, which is beautiful ride…
Bahia Cabana is an obvious choice for this ride because we can ride Los Olas Blvd. East all the way to the beach and enjoy what they call “the Venice of America” due to all the intercoastal waterways and vast numbers of yachts and sailboats along the way. Bahia Cabana can also make for a great final landing spot due to it having a swimming pool and Jacuzzi and full bar, where you can soak away the rest of the day. Just be careful because rum drinks are killers when biking in the sun after…. Here we played it somewhat safe and went with a shot of tequila chased with Corona and Lime. Bahia Cabana is more about the views and marina-esque atmosphere than it is about local micro-brews…
6. Ride to Tropic Cay
Tropic Cay has a ping-pong table and swimming pool for patrons, and is a hidden gem amongst the Marriott’s/Westins/W’s along the beachfront. Sometimes has Live Music or DJ, but is usually quiet and no-nonsense. Here I had “rail rum and pineapple juice from a can” to make riding just a little more interesting and to stay in-theme with our beachfront experience. Tropic Cay is about the characters you might meet from “who knows where” and the beach vibe.
“Vintage no-frills institution showcasing pub grub, a raw bar, craft brews & sports on TVs” is an easy way to describe The Parrot, which has been around since the 1970’s and is also a bike-friendly spot that often has drink specials for community rides like Critical Mass. When drinking all day in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll find that a darker, Irish-feeling bar is a welcome respite after drinking rum and tequila in the sun at our last two locations. From Tropic Cay to Parrot Lounge you’ll enjoy oceanfront views along A1A, but be careful riding at this point, because it’s easy to space-out while looking at the ocean vs. watching where you are going in the bike lane.
You may want to take it slow on the sidewalk – just be courteous when overtaking someone and give a verbal warning or bell so you don’t scare them when you pass… At The Parrot I inadvertently enjoyed another beer from Due South, the Roasted Cocoa Stout (first time I’ve had either and didn’t realize it was same brewery – both were excellent and I will have again). We also enjoyed the flakey Fish and Chips w/ malt vinegar (best Tartar Sauce ever – Greek yogurt based).
8. Finish – drop bike off at B-Cycle @ 957 N.Ft. Lauderdale Beach BlvdHere’s the great part. You can drop off your B-Cycle rental at any location as long as there is an available receiving dock for your bike. This location is across the street from The Parrot Lounge, so it’s easy to drop off here, or if you want to finish where we started, it’s about a 10-minute casual-ride back to our initial start on Oakland/A1A.
My Tips: Hydrate well before you leave. Eat snacks along the way. Drink water between stops. Ride Safe/Smart. Wear a helmet. Enjoy!
What & Where:
Broward B-Cycle (Pick up: 3098 N. Ocean Blvd. Ft Lauderdale, 33308; broward.bcycle.com)
Broward B-Cycle (Drop off: 957 N.Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Ft.Lauderdale, 33304)
*Disclaimer: B-Cycle is in no way affiliated with this article, and does not condone drinking while renting a B-cycle. If you must drink, please enjoy responsibly, and make sure you do not ride a B-Cycle while intoxicated.
Riverside Market (954- 358-8333; 608 J.A. Ely Blvd, Fort Lauderdal, 33312; theriversidemarket.com)
Downtowner Saloon (954-463-9800; 10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, 33301; downtownersaloon.com)
Two& ( (1517 E Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, 33301; www.twoand.com)
Bahia Cabana (954-524-1555; 3001 Harbor Dr.Fort Lauderdale, 33316; www.bahiacabanaresort.com)
Tropic Cay (954-564-5900; 529 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 33304; www.tropiccayhotel.com)
Parrot Lounge (954-563-1493; 911 Sunrise Ln, Fort Lauderdale, 33304; www.parrotlounge.com)
Sunshine State Pils; Visit them on Facebook!
Shofferhoffer (not local); Learn more about them!
Due South Caramel Cream; Learn more about them!
Big Rod Coconut Ale; Learn more about them!
Corona w/ lime and a shot of Cuervo
Rail Rum and Pineapple Juice in a Can
Due South Roasted Cocoa Stout; Learn more about them!
Google Link for the Route with Step by Step: Click Right Here!
Google Map of the Route:
Joe Teskie is a freelance internet development and marketing consultant by day, and moonlights as a DJ, percussionist and freelance writer by night. He has traveled extensively in Asia and the United States as well as the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Colombia, and has lived in WI, TN, CA, Japan, MD, VA, NYC, and now Miami, FL. A self-proclaimed “foodie”, Joe has had the pleasure of “insider-tip” eating at many of the world’s best eateries (both expensive and in back alley’s alike).