3-for-1 Cocktails at Porterhouse, Fort Lauderdale
Night Watch is a regular feature about bars and clubs by nightlife columnist Tara Nieuwesteeg.
Porterhouse Bar & Grill
201 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
There are very few locations on Himmarshee Street acceptable to bring a date that you still have to impress (i.e., haven't yet slept with).
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But Porterhouse gets the Night Watch stamp of approval. Why? It boasts low, sexy lighting, glowing candles, heavy red curtains, wall sconces, gold-rimmed mirrors, velvet ropes outside the door (bonus points for feigned exclusivity), leather seats, and fancy glasses.
More importantly, it has 3-for-1 cocktails (beers, house wines, and call-it wells) Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Eager to cut to the chase, I summoned the blond, slender bartender. She had heavy eyeliner and was decked out in a form-fitting, all-black ensemble.
"Say one needed a place to bring a date, get him trashed, and take advantage of him..." I began.
"We have 3-for-1 drinks, so I'd say this is a good place for that," she said wryly.
"Does that ever happen here?" I said innocently.
"As a responsible bartender, I can't divulge that," she said. "But, they're full-sized drinks. Three drinks will inebriate some people, but others might need more."
"How about him?" I pointed at burly Beard, who was using the stir-straw in his drink to eviscerate a cherry.
"He might need a few more," she said wryly.
"You'd be done after one," Beard snapped at me.
We would see about that, I retorted.
Considering that I don't recall much of what happened next, I have to give it up for Beard: he called it.
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