Check Out These Best Boozy Places While in Fort Lauderdale

 

Funky BuddhaOne of the best ways to relax and unwind while traveling is to enjoy a nice adult beverage and watch the locals go about their day. Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding metro area, is filled with lots of watering holes and features a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a nice glass of wine, a craft cocktail, or more booze for your buck, the city has got you covered. The trouble is there are so many great choices you may not know which is the right option for your mood.

Lucky for you, we’ve put in countless hours of “research” and have since compiled a list of the best places to get boozy in Fort Lauderdale based on the kind of fun you’re looking for.

Beach Bums: Lulu’s Bait Shack

You can’t come to Fort Lauderdale without visiting one of it’s best commodities: the beach! Lulu’s Bait Shack sits right on A1A in the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach and gives you one of the best people watching views in town. They serve up a fun mix of cocktails with a South Florida twist in every size from “coconut” to “fishbowl”. If considering a fishbowl, make sure you bring enough friends to either A. help you drink it, or B. carry you out of the bar when you pass out.

Beer Snobs: Funky Buddha

If you enjoy spending your time browsing through reviews on Beer Advocate and you know the difference between a Helles and a Hefeweizen, then Funky Buddha (in photo top) is the place for you. Their brewery has been open since 2010 and has consistently produced a series of award winning year-round selections alongside a wide variety of creative small batch brews. Their taproom is a large and comfortable space with both indoor and outdoor seating so it’s a great spot to stop in for a quick sampling, or settle in for a night of serious beer tasting. They don’t serve food, however there are usually a number of food trucks on scene and they do allow you to supply your own grub.

Bar Hopping: Seminole Hark Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood

If you’re looking for a bit of “Vegas Baby”, during your trip to Fort Lauderdale, then the Seminole Hard Rock Casino is the right place for you. While the casino itself features slots and table games galore, the surrounding entertainment complex is the star of the show. Looking for a Piano Bar? They’ve got that. Irsih Pub? Yep, they have one of those too. Skybar? of course! With 9 different bars and clubs all within walking distance there is definitely a little bit of something for everyone and bar hopping is a breeze.

Best Cheap Drinks: America’s Backyard

With specials like “Beat the Clock” and “Unlimited Beer Pong”, America’s Backyard is the place to let out your inner frat boy. This is the ideal spot to kick off your shoes, dance, and let it all hang out (okay maybe you need to keep your shoes on). This is one of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite places for locals and tourists alike.

Best Drink and a Show: Mai Kai

 

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The MaiKai has been a Fort Lauderdale staple since it opened it’s doors in 1956. They feature an impressive show that focuses on Polynesia’s rich heritage in a blend of dance and other traditional performances. They have an extensive list of tropical drinks that are paired with an inspired fusion menu that take guests on a tour of the Pacific Rim. Overall the MaiKai makes for a lovely and relaxing evening whether with a group or traveling solo. MaiKai is also a wonderful place to take your sweetheart for a romantic evening. Make sure to call ahead for reservations, because they fill up fast and shows are likely to sell out.

Most Memorable Bar: The Wreck Bar

Old Florida is alive and well at this nautical themed bar called Wreck Bar. Take in the massive aquariums and the live mermaid show. This classic “dive bar” features porthole windows that peer into the hotel’s main pool. On Friday and Saturday evenings the mermaids come out and put on an impressive underwater show. It’s definitely one of the most memorable spots and shows on the Fort Lauderdale beaches. We are always suckers for a show with our libations so this is one of our favorite spots to soak in the beach scene and view some talented sirens as well.

Best Wine Bar: Naked Grapes Wine and Tapas

No list of best bars would be complete without a place to enjoy a fine wine and maybe try something new. Naked Grapes has got you covered for both. This cozy and relaxing wine bar has an extensive list of limited and small batch vintages that will surely satisfy your inner sommelier. If you are looking for a snack with your wine, they also have a nice selection of tapas inspired dishes and a deep selection of cheeses that will pair nicely with your choice of wine.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing place to grab a drink or a night of entertainment with your libations, Fort Lauderdale has a bit of something for everyone.

Do you have a favorite bar or pub in Fort Lauderdale? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Author bio:  Lauren and Kenin Bassart are the team behind the road trip and travel blog, The Constant Rambler. Their blog was founded in 2012 as part of a career break, and has since evolved into a life of full-time, nomadic travel and operating a successful blogging business. Lauren and Kenin have used the skills learned in the retail sales and finance industries and applied those to the bogging industry with resounding success.

Originally born in Trinidad & Tobago, Lauren and her family moved to Florida when she was 10-years old. That big move set her life-path in motion and was the beginning of her wanderlust. Before blogging, Lauren had a successful career in retail banking and finance based on the core concepts of relationship selling.

Kenin, is a Cuban-American native to Miami. Prior to blogging, Kenin had a 15-year retail sales leadership career where he specialized in opening new markets, hiring, and training sales consultants and manager candidates. This experience taught him how to build partnerships with many corporations as well as teaching others the fine art of sales and negotiation. He also developed a passion for travel and trip planning.

Lauren and Kenin will take this eclectic background and teach bloggers how to approach their business with a sales focused mind. This will help them learn how to build successful relationships that will benefit their partners and readers and elevate the blogging industry as a whole.

Lauren and Kenin will be speaking at TBEX North America 2015 about “Seven Steps to the Pitch: How to Build Meaningful Partnerships with Brands and Destinations.”

City Tourism: Is the Beaten Path a Thing of the Past?

120519_panorama_pb_0326As we get close to TBEX Europe 2015 and the coastal scenery of Lloret de Mar in Catalonia, Spain, it seems like a perfect time to think about what makes an authentic experience in the case of city tourism. How does technology affect the way travelers visit places and how do cities respond to this technological revolution? What does the transition from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Everything really mean and in what way sharing economy redefines the traditional tourism distribution model?

The more contemporary travelers tend to enjoy the wealth of options provided by urban centers, the more the discovery of unknown parts of a city does not entail that travelers risk missing places that are genuinely great. Under the influence of the powerful interplay between the physical and the digital world, travelers tend to think more of the things they want to do (and feel) than the places they want to go.

In each city, a balance is necessary between the overwhelming variety of available options and the digital solutions which the tourism sector and competent authorities can afford to implement. Crucially, real-time experiences will determine to what extent a city destination has become SMARTer than its competitors without sacrificing the unique values and attractions to which it owes its fame. In a world where travelers have so much information at their fingertips, destinations may need to make their product more personal and easy to use, so that visitors take to it naturally wherever they ‘re from.

However, in times of uncertainty, the physical-digital integration can provide fertile ground for tourism businesses and the public sector to pursue innovation and develop new skills and services.

Want to gain some more insight into destination experiences? Save the date! Friday, 1st of May, don’t miss Manolis Psarros presentation on city tourism.

Author Bio:  Manolis is a tourism destination management and marketing consultant whose experience mainly focuses on tourism boards and DMOs strategic planning & operations support, place marketing strategies & campaign management, product development, digital tourism strategies and EU-funded tourism-related programs. He has been directly involved in shaping the first DMO (City of Athens CVB) in Greece, which he served as a Tourism Development Director. He is the founder and Managing Director of TOPOSOPHY, an international destination management & marketing consultancy. His international experience includes programs and consultancies in Greece, Italy, Portugal, France, Finland, Denmark, Slovenia, Russia, Mexico, Armenia and Kenya among others.

5 Travel Brands That Do LGBT Marketing Right

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The LGBT community has quickly become one of the most targeted groups for travel marketing today. With LGBT issues of equality constantly in mainstream media, DMOs and travel brands are making sure that this community knows they are welcomed. In addition, it’s also known that gays and lesbians tend to have a higher disposable income than their heterosexual counterparts and also travel more. This makes it important for brands to not only focus on marketing to the LGBT community, but to do it effectively. The following five travel brands are some that stand out among the rest.

Pink Iceland

Pink Iceland is an LGBTQ-focused tour company based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Founded in 2011, Pink Iceland is gay owned and operated, offering their travel expertise to visit their small but captivating country. They offer and arrange day tours, luxury travel, tailor made trips, and group travel. Their brand is all about LGBT tourism from their travel services to their logo, which is a pink triangle representing their target community inside a larger triangle to form a snowcapped mountain representing the natural beauty of their destination. Pink Iceland also goes beyond travel to concentrate on other queer-centered services such as weddings, international events and festivals. Iceland is a very gay-friendly country with marriage equality and a generally accepting atmosphere and Pink Iceland is the perfect complement to show all the country has to offer to the larger LGBT community.

Atlantis Events

Atlantis was founded over 20 years ago and is best known for its gay focused cruises and resorts. Based in Los Angeles, this company offers cruises and resort vacations all over, especially in Europe and around Mexico. From their first event back in 1991 with 300 attendees, they now have around 20,000 guests at their events each year. While they are a gay centered company they specifically focus on gay men, though a small percentage of their guests are women who are welcomed as well. It is clear that they use young, attractive and fit men to market their brand which works well for them as this is the typical type of guest they have, though it’s not the only of course. While this marketing strategy may work for Atlantis, it doesn’t work for everyone so brands should be cautious when considering their approach. Using men with model-like looks to advertise a brand can often be criticized for alienating the larger community. However, this seems to be working well for the Atlantis demographic.

Visit Britain

Visit Britain is the national tourism agency promoting Britain around the globe. They work with private and public sector partners in their marketing and also use major events to promote Britain including the Ryder Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. One of their priorities for 2015 is to continue to promote their “Love is Great” campaign. It promotes travel within the gay and lesbian community using multiple media partners including gay magazines and websites largely focusing on the US market. The campaign also highlights Britain as a destination with increasing equality and also as a destination with many great Pride events in various parts around the region.

Air Berlin

Air Berlin is a popular airline based in Germany that offers flights worldwide to around 150 destinations. It’s the second largest airline in the country and seventh largest in Europe. The airline also sponsors LGBT various organizations, events, and programs each year. Some of which include the pink corner at ITB Berlin and gay-friendly events such as Tunte Lauf, a drag show in Dusseldorf. Their online presence even features a microsite for LGBT travelers to discover Air Berlin flights to some of the most gay-friendly destinations worldwide.

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale in Florida is just 23 miles north of Miami and a popular tourist destination for its seemingly never-ending sunshine and average yearly temperature of 75°F (24°C). In addition to the seasonal snowbirds, it’s also a well known spot for its large LGBT presence and gay-friendly hotels and businesses. It markets itself as a destination for weddings, LGBT events and general leisure. In February, the Love is Love campaign was launched in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate marriage equality in Florida with Lance Bass as its ambassador. Nearly 100 same and opposite-sex couples were married or renewed their vows during a sunrise beach wedding. Moreover, their convention and visitor bureau has one of the largest budgets dedicated to LGBT tourism. Not surprisingly, Fort Lauderdale is also one of the only cities with a transgender travel initiative with an aim to encourage trans tourism to their destination, an incredible approach considering the T in LGBT is often forgotten.

At the moment, these are some of the most well recognized DMOs and travel brands working for the LGBT community. Their methods may differ depending on the destination and goals, but they all recognize the potential of LGBT tourism and are, to their benefits, taking advantage of that market.

Author Bio:  Auston Matta lived in Chicago for 4 years before he sold everything and went on a round-the-world trip in 2012. He started the blog Two Bad Tourists with his husband David during the adventure, and after traveling for a year, he moved to Spain, which he now calls home. When he’s not traveling or writing about events, festivals or LGBT destinations, he enjoys the warm and sunny days and vibrant nightlife in Madrid. You can follow them on Facebook or Twitter for the latest updates on everything LGBT travel. You can learn more about marketing to the LGBT community in Auston’s professional development session at TBEX Europe 2015.

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Moving From Press Trips to Paid Campaigns

 

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One of the hottest discussions amongst travel bloggers is how to move beyond the press trip model and start to get paid to produce social media and content campaigns. This is the topic that Heather Cowper of  HeatherOnHerTravels.com and Gary Bembridge of TipsForTravellers.com will be talking about at TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava. They are two of the co-founders of Travelator Media which is a collective of bloggers who develop and run paid-for campaigns targeted at the 40+ UK quality traveller.

In addition to covering the foundations that bloggers need to lay in order to offer clients something they are willing to pay for, the mind shift required and elements that most successful paid campaigns need to have, they are also collecting and will we be sharing data on the current attitudes and practices in the industry and those that bloggers are observing. It will be illustrated with a range of case studies of successful activities to help inspire.

You help is needed in building a robust set of data on what you as bloggers are seeing, experiencing and believe around the topic and you are invited to complete a short survey. It should take no more than two or three minutes to complete but will make the session data driven and should give insights into the trends and practice. Please complete the survey now by going here.

If you have any case studies you want to share there is the opportunity to leave those details on the above survey form. You can also ask to receive the results of the survey.

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