Where To Find Fort Lauderdale’s Hidden Haunts and Chillest Rooftops

Unit B
Unit B

Seaside Speakeasies and Splashy, Sky-High Cocktails

Where To Find Fort Lauderdale’s Hidden Haunts and Chillest Rooftop Hot Spots

When you’re looking for more than a drink, Greater Fort Lauderdale has elevated and underground options to explore. But first, you must find them. As August rolls in, travelers can quench the last bit of midsummer sipping and swimming off the beaten path.

Locals-Only – Lauderdale’s Unseen Speakeasy Scene 

Dark nights at these locals’ choice hidden bars promise stellar drinks, good times and high-caliber service that’ll make you feel like a regular. Fling off the flip-flops and pin-up for a rendezvous at these under-the-radar hangouts.   

Unit B 

At this modern-day hideout, you’ll need more than an average codeword to get in. Located in Fort Lauderdale’s trendy FATVillage neighborhood, Unit B keeps things exclusive by providing a door code that changes nightly. The quaint speakeasy is hidden behind an inconspicuous wood panel door inside The Brass Tap – once unlocking the secret entrance, guests will find a cozy second floor lounge reminiscent of Prohibition-era social rooms. Its menu of libations features classic cocktails with a twist, playfully crafted and served with a touch of artistry.

Cocktail at Apothecary 330
Cocktail at Apothecary 330

Apothecary 330 

Tucked away inside Pizza Craft Artisan Pizzeria, Apothecary 330 is a hidden gem within Historic Himmarshee Street, downtown Fort Lauderdale’s nightlife mecca. The 1920s-inspired secret lounge is a local hotspot offering classic and innovative cocktails shaken or stirred with a selection of hundreds of fine spirits from across the globe. Loyal clientele enjoys first dibs at exclusive spirit samplings, mixology courses and culinary pairing events.

The Hideaway 

In the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, The Hideaway comes alive at the historic Bryan Building, a landmark listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Gracefully hidden in plain sight, this speakeasy offers artisanal cocktails, craft beers plus a rotating menu of bar bites served counter-style. This nostalgic concept evokes authenticity with design elements, paying homage to the transformative history of Fort Lauderdale. Its industrial chic setting is brought to life with original Dade County Pine, reclaimed dècor, stamped tin ceilings, and custom era furniture.Its entertainment line-up keeps natives coming back with local bands to international DJs.

Sky-high Sips and Dips 

What’s better than a rooftop bar? A rooftop POOL bar. Fort Lauderdale is favored for its year-round warm weather – coastal locals to globetrotting tourists, everyone takes to soaking in the sunshine and cheersing al fresco at poolside venues across the city.

Sparrow at The Dalmar
Sparrow at The Dalmar

Sparrow and Sip & Dip Lounge 

Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s first luxury lifestyle property, The Dalmar, offers cityscapes for days. Guests can admire the skyline and cool off poolside at Sip & Dip Lounge with craft cocktails and bites, or head to the hotel’s 25th floor to lounge at Sparrow, the city’s highest rooftop bar yet. A concept by the same group behind New York’s famed Death & Co, Sparrow –  recently named of the Best Rooftop Bars in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler – evokes a funky 60s flair offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city and killer cocktails.

High Tide
High Tide

High Tide 

Nestled inside Fort Lauderdale’s iconic Bahia Mar hotel, High Tide is a new rooftop bar and lounge offering panoramic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean. The pool-side venue is a locals’ choice for cooling off with hometown craft brews, creative cocktails and Floridian-inspired small plates.

The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge
The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge

The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge 

Towering in the heart of downtown Hollywood, CIRC Hotel is a recently opened modern boutique property and home to The Muse Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Sunbathers and stargazers alike can bask in the beauty of this sky-high watering hole offering a vibrant chic atmosphere paired with cityscapes and craft cocktails. From the poolside cabanas to the picture-perfect views, The Muse invites guests for an elevated experience to disconnect from the everyday.

Cielo Restaurant & Sky Bar 

Costa Hollywood Beach Resort’s vibrant rooftop is the place to be. This social hub turns the buzz all the way up with live music and guest DJs. Take a dip in the dazzling infinity pool, relax in a private cabana or melt some stress away at the hot tub – all while taking in the horizon of 360-views of the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. Just steps away from the pool, Cielo Restaurant & Sky Bar serves up refreshing handcrafted cocktails along with an eclectic menu of artisanal dishes to fuel you up.