Best Beer Bars in South Florida

Special blog contribution by Luciano Todeschini

Hello, world!

Like many places across the nation, South Florida has fallen in love with craft breweries and the charm that these genuine and hipster locales have to offer. If you ask me, there is no better place to spend a Saturday night than in one of these places where all your bases are covered. Here, you can find good vibes, food, people, and most importantly, outstanding beer.

Below, you will find a list of Broward County’s best breweries, beer gardens, and in my opinion, hidden gems. All of them are unique and are worth your time to venture out and discover them! Without any further ado, with a pint in our hands, let’s begin our voyage through Broward County’s best beer locations!

Disclaimer: all pictures in this post were taken from the bar's Instagram accounts or web pages.

Funky Buddha
  Oakland Park

The largest and best-known brewery in the county, Funky Buddha opened its doors to the public in 2013. Located in Oakland Park, FL and situated next to the railroad tracks, Funky Buddha has everything you can possibly wish for.

The Beer – First things first. Funky Buddha offers an array of beer at any given time (30+), with 5 beers being their flagship beers and seasonal/experimental beers making up the rest. Here, you will find your traditional Lagers, IPA’s, Stouts and Ambers, but you can also find brews that you would not have thought of in your wildest dreams. Calling me a liar you say? Make your way there and you can find beers such as their famous “Key Lime Pie Tart Ale”, “French Toast”, and the crowd favorite, “Maple Bacon Coffee Porter”.

The Grub – Not to be outdone by their outstanding beers, Funky Buddha also offers delicious food for you to pair with your favorite malted beverage. Here you will find all your favorite “bar food” and then some! You can order yourself a bison burger, a grilled cheese sandwich made up of 4 kinds of cheese and a spread of guava jam, candied bacon, flatbreads, and wings. You get it, let’s move on before I have to stop typing this and get up to get a snack.

The Venue – The place is huge with so much room for activities! You can schedule a behind the scenes tour of the brewery (drinks included). Every night they have different events such as trivia nights and special tastings, you can also play corn hole in their back room, giant Jenga, and board games that will bring back memories to the time where video games and cell phones did not exists.

Riverside Market
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale

A true hidden gem (and personally, my favorite place)! Riverside Market is a small bar located in a residential neighborhood just outside downtown Ft. Lauderdale. If you are looking for chill place, want to try beers from all over the world, and have a serious appetite for pizza, then this is the place for you!

The Beer – Where to begin, seriously! This is not your typical bar. With over 500 beers to choose from, ranging from type, country, size, and flavor, you are guaranteed to find a beer that you will call your favorite for the rest of times (Bells Amber Ale in my case).

The Food – Let me be crystal clear here. BBQ Chicken Pizza. Yes, you can find hot and cold sandwiches, wings, salads (this is not for you, this is for your friend who is always on a diet), and other good things as well. Yet, nothing, let me reiterate, nothing, will come close to their BBQ Chicken Pizza. This is one of those things that will have a lasting impact in your life. You will feel like Dorothy stepping out of her house in the Wizard of Oz and seeing everything in color for the first time. Yeah, it’s that good.

The Venue - One of the things that makes this place different from all other places is the way they truly embrace the honor rule. Alongside one of their wall, you will find around 10 clear door fridges, just like the ones you will find at a gas station. The only difference is that you will only find beer bottles (and some cans here and there) lined from top to bottom, from one end to the other.

I know, it’s like heaven on Earth, but wait, there’s more! You can grab all the beer you want out of these fridges and drink to your heart’s content. Once you are done and ready to leave, you take your empty bottles to the cashier and pay them. No more having to wait in line to get your next drink, or having to wait for the bartender to serve you. As if that is not enough, the place is filled with comfortable couches and lazy boys, board games and cards for you to play if you are feeling a little competitive, and most importantly since its dog-friendly, you will always make new furry friends!

LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale

Oh yes, LauderAle. New to the game and not as big or well known as other memorable mentions in this blog, but just as good. Located very close to Port Everglades in a warehouse in an industrial park, this is the place to have a beer with a few people and not have to put up with obnoxious people and tourists. If you are lucky, as most often you will be, you will find yourself having the place almost entirely to you.

The Beer – A true micro-brewery here, LauderAle brews all its delicious concoctions on site and has an ample selection of beers (around 15) to meet all your needs and tastes.

The Food – Every night, you will find a different food truck parked on their patio next to the picnic tables and lounges. They do a good job in having a variety of cuisines represented and will you’ll find yourself enjoying brick oven pizzas, tacos and burritos, ribs, and Asian fusion deliciousness.

Laser Wolf
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale

One of Broward County’s first craft breweries, Laser Wolf has a delicious selection of beers. A small but hip place, it is strategically located close to downtown Ft. Lauderdale so that if you want to have a multiple-destinations kind of night, you may do so.

The Beer – You can’t go wrong here. You will find a combination of their own brews as well as drafts and bottles of other local breweries. With a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, you can rest assured that you will be pointed in the right direction if you can’t make your mind up as to what your next frothy drink should be.

The Food – Similar to our friends over at LauderAle, Laser Wolf does not have their own kitchen, yet, they have multiple food trucks waiting at their door who are ready to feed the ravenous bunch who get the munchies after a few drinks.

BG Whisky Creek Hide Out
LOCATION: Dania Beach

Now, this is a special mention as it is not a bar, brewery, beer garden, or anything close to it. This is a small restaurant/concession stand at the Dr. Von D. Mizell Eula Johnson State Park (long name, I know) but you have to come here.

The place is located next to Whiskey Creek in the state park and it’s the perfect place to cool down and enjoy good food and beer for just peanuts. A draft beer will set you back a staggering $1.99 and you can have burgers or wings for a whopping $5-7.

As if all of this is not enough, this park has a beach that is miles long, and best of all, hardly any people (especially tourists) go here since they are too focused either on Ft. Lauderdale Beach to the north or Hollywood Beach to the South. You are welcome.

Tarpon River Brewing
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale

The newest addition to the group, Tarpon River Brewing is the child of a joint venture between the beer connoisseurs of Laser Wolf and Riverside Market. Still in its growing phases, Tarpon River Brewing has only 5 beers to offer, but they are great. It’s not about quantity here, but about quality. The location is great and the venue is picturesque.

Food wise, they have everything you may need at a bar, delicious burgers, chips, pretzels, you name it. Now, let me enlighten you and change your life forever just like I did with the BBQ Chicken pizza from Riverside Market. Across the street from Tarpon River Brewing, you will find a small Jamaican restaurant called Jerk Machine. Do yourself a favor and go there! The food is AMAZING, the portions are HUGE, and the price is nonexistent ($6.36 lunch special).

Rhythm & Vine
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale

Rhythm & Vine, one of downtown Ft. Lauderdale’s staples and best beer gardens. Just a hop, skip and jump away from downtown Ft. Lauderdale, this is the place to come and enjoy some craft beers, a few cocktails, and food. A fusion of hipster with a bourgeoisie, you will find all the things you will in a traditional beer garden: chairs and tables under lighted trees, a Streamline Camper transformed into a bar and food trucks. Next to the garden, you will find The Den, an indoor lounge with a bar made of repurposed wood and containers, colorful artwork adorning the walls, and comfortable couches for you to melt into as you enjoy your favorite drinks along with your favorite people.

Have you been to any of these bars? Tell us what you think in the comments!

Thank you for reading! Cheers