We are so excited to have you all join us to celebrate our wedding in this amazing beach town. We know many of you will be here for an extended stay, so we have put together a guide for great things to do around town.
Fort Lauderdale has 60 distinct neighborhoods that encompass the city – for the wedding weekend we will be in 3 main areas. There are a ton of amazing places to go and things to do in town, but we limited suggestions to only these areas.
DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE – Centered around Las Olas and the surrounding area.
FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH – The strip that runs along A1A (Ocean Blvd) from Sunrise to Las Olas, which the W Hotel is at the center.
WILTON MANORS- About 10-15 minutes away from the W Hotel, this is where we live.
DOWNTOWN & THE BEACH
WHAT TO DO
LAS OLAS BOULEVARD – The go-to spot in Fort Lauderdale for shopping, galleries and fabulous restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Enjoy a stroll down the palm tree lined streets.
When Las Olas ends at Andrews Ave, pop over a block to the intersection of SW 2nd Street and SW 2nd Avenue, known as HIMMARSHEE VILLAGE which is packed full of bars, restaurants and night clubs.
W HOTEL BEACH – Fort Lauderdale beach runs for 23 miles and the W Hotel is at the center of the action. No need to travel any further then out the front door.
SEBASTIAN STREET BEACH –A quick 3-4 minute walk from the hotel, Sebastian Beach is the place to go for all the boys. Just walk south to Sebastian Street (all the Fort Lauderdale beaches are named for the street they intersect).
BONNET HOUSE MUSEUM – If you are looking for a little history, Bonnet House is a great place to tour. It’s the only remaining original estate remaining on the beach from when the city was developed in the 1920s. It’s just a few blocks from the hotel.
HUGH TAYLOR BIRCH PARK- Up the street from the hotel, the park is a huge oasis full of activities. Rent a kayak or go for a nature walk. There is also a great restaurant/bar in the park.
WILTON DRIVE – About a 10-15 minute Uber away, Wilton Drive is the heart of the gayborhood, Wilton Manors. It is packed full of restaurants, clubs and has more gay bars then Hell’s Kitchen.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Francesca Guerrera Salon on Las Olas 954-523-2772
- Lee Loo Hair Salon on Las Olas 754-223-3576
- Red Door on Sunrise 954-564-5787
- Regis Salon in the mall 954-561-8227
- Hello Beautiful off Sunrise 954-306-2816
THE GALLERIA- It’s the mall. 5 min from the hotel.
WHERE TO EAT
BIG CITY TAVERN – A staple of Las Olas. Rustic, American food & craft beer. Sit outside and people watch.
CASABLANCA – Our favorite restaurant on Fort Lauderdale beach, especially for lunch. Sit outside on the beautiful patio of a historic home and look at the ocean. Don’t miss!
LOUIE BOSSI- Amazing specialty Italian on Las Olas. Sit outside in the back garden and have some pizza, pasta and wine.
ROCCO’S TACOS- Fun, hip and always crowded Las Olas favorite for Mexican.
PUBLIC HOUSE OR BULL MARKET – Sports bar/gastropubs in Himarshee Village.
SWEET NECTAR – Tapas outside on a huge patio on Las Olas.
RIVERSIDE MARKET – It’s in the middle of nowhere but it has hundreds of beers in self serve coolers and unbelievable pizza in a very chill hangout which makes it worth the drive.
YOLO – Break out the Louboutins for one of the trendiest restaurants on Las Olas.
S3 – In the Hilton right next to the W Hotel, this is a top tier restaurant – amazing food, shared plates, etc. Bit pricy but well worth it.
PARK & OCEAN – Located actually inside of Hugh Taylor Birch Park, it’s a beach side bar/restaurant that’s really cool.
BOKAMPERS SPORTS BAR – 10 minutes up the beach, a very cool indoor/outdoor sports bar that’s on the intercoastal. Sit outside and watch the boats.
WHERE TO DRINK
RHYTHM & VINE – Perfect for day drinking, it’s a Brooklyn style indoor/outdoor garden bar that serves drinks out of a vintage Airstream.
FAT CATS – Old school dive bar with live music on Himmarshee. Rocking crowd.
ROOFTOP- The only rooftop bar in the city, it’s a new hot spot packed with millennials. You will wait on line.
WINE WATCH – Hidden gem wine bar with amazing décor.
CASH ONLY – Bar/lounge with a club vibe.
27 BAR & LOUNGE – New neighborhood bar / lounge with a big patio.
LASER WOLF – Small artsy beer bar in an old building with a big outdoor courtyard
SWEETS & CAFFEINE
HOFFMAN’S CHOCOLATES – On Las Olas. Best. Chocolate. Ever.
BREW URBAN CAFÉ – Downtown, funky warehouse style coffee house
STORKS- Best bakery in Wilton Manors. Amazing coffee too.
WARSAW COFFE COMPANY – Off the beaten path, industrial style coffee shop with a patio.
ROSIE’S – The go-to restaurant. Famous for brunch, but great for every meal it’s perfect comfort food.
ETHOS – Excellent Greek in an upscale atmosphere but not too pricey.
TEE JAY THAI SUSHI- The best sushi in Wilton, by far. NYC standards.
BUBBLES & PEARLS – Chef Josie of Top Chef opened this ever changing menu tapas restaurant. Yum.
NEW YORK GRILLED CHEESE- Late night. Or the cure for any hangover.
THE ALCHEMIST – A hidden gem, great for coffee or a quick bite.
DRYNK – Brand new and already our favorite bar. NYC vibes and cool décor.
RUMORS- The go-to bar. Drink specials, drag queens, karaoke, games and more.
THE PUB- fka Village Pub. Always a fun scene.
GEORGIE’S ALIBI- The original bar on the drive. As packed as ever. Drinking in a strip mall is a thing here.
SOUTHERN NIGHTS & HUNTERS – The two clubs. Across the street from each other. Dance the night away.