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 with how to explore Fort Liquordale…
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).
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1. Start at B-Cycle at 957 N.Ft. Lauderdale Beach 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/
2. Ride to Riverside Market
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…
3. Ride to Downtowner Saloon
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…
5.Ride to Elbo Room Beach Bar
Elbo Room Beach Bar has been a fixture on Ft. Lauderdale beach for over 70 years and has a reputation to match its longevity. Popular with sailors during World War II, Elbo Room helped put Ft. Lauderdale on the map in the original spring break movie, ‘Where The Boys Are.’
Since the film was released in 1960, it has inspired college students to visit the city during their vacations. Located directly across the street from the beach, Elbo Room has no formal dress code.
Wander in with only a bikini or swim trunks to grab a beer and no one would say a word to you. With its open two-level structure, easy-going vibe, and live music, you’ll meet plenty of characters to chat with.
6. Ride to Park & Ocean
On the edge of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is Park & Ocean. Don’t let the address fool you. The bar and restaurant entrance are located on the A1A side of the park. Once you enter the patio shaded by sea-grape trees, the hecticness of the city is left behind.
If you want to grab a bite to eat, the menu includes appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches, smoothies and drinks. Featured at Park & Ocean is local business Shady Distillery, which makes vodka and rum. They also serve local small-batched craft beers.
From Elbo Room to Park & Ocean, 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
7. Ride to Parrot Lounge
“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 the bike off at B-Cycle @ 957 N.Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd
Here’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.
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)
Elbo Room (241 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; www.elboroom.com)
Park & Ocean (3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304; parkandocean.com)
Parrot Lounge (954-563-1493; 911 Sunrise Ln, Fort Lauderdale, 33304; www.parrotlounge.com)
Sunshine State Pils
Shofferhoffer (not local)
Due South Caramel Cream
Big Rod Coconut Ale
Corona w/ lime and a shot of Cuervo
Rail Rum and Pineapple Juice in a Can
Due South Roasted Cocoa Stout
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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).