Here are some dining and hotel destinations to consider visiting during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) happening October 25-29.
Kick off the highly anticipated Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the popular neighborhood hangout spot Quarterdeck.
It’s the place to be when hunger strikes, offering an array of mouthwatering food options, from the All-American Burger ($16) with house seasoning, bacon and cheddar cheese to the Coconut Shrimp ($21) with Thai chili sauce.
With five locations across Fort Lauderdale, Quarterdeck is a must-try, family-friendly food destination, whether you’re close to the boat show action or not.
Finish off your FLIBS adventure with a visit to Whiskey Neat, the ideal spot for a nightcap.
With two locations – Fort Lauderdale and Plantation – the urban cocktail lounge is home to one of South Florida’s most extensive whiskey collections.
With over 230 choices, guests are sure to find their perfect pour, whether it’s a classic like Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 ($12) or the specialty Pink Lady cocktail ($14) made with vodka, lemon juice, fresh raspberries, honey and prosecco.
Guests at either Whiskey Neat location can also indulge in Quarterdeck’s food menu, with direct service at the bar.
Situated along the Las Olas waterfront, Casa Sensei is the place for scenic views and the chance to experience a gondola tour.
Voted “Best Asian Restaurant” by Fort Lauderdale Magazine for the last four years, this fusion hot spot presents a charming dockside terrace with a seafood-infused menu featuring Latin bites, decadent sushi boats and a variety of cocktails, wines and beers.
Locals and yachties can enjoy the Bigeye Tuna Guacamole ($22), Miso-Marinated Lamb Chops ($37) or any of the specialty sushi rolls.
Just a short drive from the Boat Show festivities, the newly opened Velvet Taco alongside the picturesque Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale features a spacious 108-seat interior and a 38-seat patio, offering a relaxed and colorful ambiance.
Thanks to a menu full of unforgettable flavors, international tastes and inventive combinations, guests can satisfy their appetites with items like the fresh Mexi-Cali Shrimp Tacos and the thirst-quenching Kick Ass Margarita.
With over 40 locations throughout the Southern U.S., the restaurant was awarded Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 “Hot Concept” designation and the 2020 MenuMasters Award.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant @ Galleria Mall
Wine connoisseurs unite at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant.
Located on the second level of The Galleria Fort Lauderdale, Cooper’s Hawk transports guests to Napa with its inviting wine-tasting room, artisanal retail market and modern yet casual restaurant.
The warm and welcoming space is home to the U.S.’s largest wine club. It offers seasonal chef recommendations like the Grilled Prime Flatiron Steak ($42.99) paired with a glass of Duet ($11.50).
Each dish on the menu is listed with a wine bin number, guiding patrons to a carefully curated pairing.
Wine enthusiasts can savor their selection in the tasting room, at their table or even to-go.
Toast to post-FLIBS relaxation your way.
Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
As Fort Lauderdale celebrates the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is opening its doors to those traveling to the area for the annual celebration.
Guests and locals alike can enjoy the hotel’s convenient proximity to participating boat show locations.
While on property, visitors can lounge by the courtyard pool in between events or dine at the hotel’s onsite coastal Italian restaurant, La Fuga.