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Art Bar

300 SW First Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 | Fort Lauderdale | 954-525-0044

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It can sometimes seem like Art Bar has more girls in booty shorts working out on the sidewalks of Riverfront than it does patrons enjoying themselves inside the club. Although free entry and free drinks for ladies before 1 a.m. is a pretty good incentive to get both guys and girls through the door, it's a tougher sell to get them to stay there. The interior -- with two levels, draped curtains, and dark mood lighting -- has the look of a smaller-scale South Beach club, though perhaps one that's seen better, less grimy days. The main room has three full-liquor bars with scantily clad bartenders serving some of the most shoddily prepared drinks we've seen, especially the free drinks for the girls. The ratio of alcohol to sugar water is likely to cause diabetes before an actual buzz. Still, the dance floor usually fills out on weekend nights, hosting a crowd of budget-conscious young people booty-shaking to a DJ who plays a mix of Top 40s, dance, and hip-hop. A second, smaller room in the back does offer another dimension to Art Bar, and one could even imagine it being kind of cool in there -- maybe even somewhat “artsy” -- if only the place had the courage to do something slightly out of the box. A Riverfront staple through and through, Art Bar should probably stop living in the past and start catering to the more eclectic, slightly higher-brow demographic of young people that's steadily growing in Fort Lauderdale.


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