by Mercedes J.

The finish line from the hectic work week rat race is just within sight. Yet, instead of being handed a refreshing Gatorade as you sprint across the proverbial vocational finish line, imagine the end flowing with glasses of beer, wine, and appetizers. The FTLC recommends 5 spots for this Friday after 5 o’ clock.

The Riverside Market Café

608 SW 12th Avenue

In celebration of the North Fork New River Bridge reopening after a year long repair, the Riverside Market Café is hosting a gourmet food and craft beer pairing this Friday evening beginning at 6pm until 8pm. Join the neighborhood celebration with delicious noshings and microbrews for $15.00 entry fee.

Himmarshee Bar and Grill – Side Bar

210 SW 2nd St

Swanky restaurant and bar, Himmarshee Side Bar, is hosting a special summertime “Appy Hour” which includes $2 appetizers such as ancho guava glazed chicken wings or blue cheese stuffed dates along with buy one get one free drinks from 5-8pm.  Although the apps portions are somewhat minuscule, you can order five and still only spend $10! Not too shabby.

Las Olas Gourmet and Wine

111 SE Eighth Ave

Every Friday beginning at 7pm, this food and wine market offers an all you can drink wine tasting featuring large selections of wines for $40 per person.  The friendly owners typically offer some of their mouth-watering food along with great company and music.

Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar @ Ocean Manor Resort

4040 Galt Ocean Mile Dr

Along the pristine beach of Galt Ocean Mile is the beautiful Ocean Manor Resort. Poolside at the Tiki Bar, enjoy your favorite island libation at a reduced rate for (happy hour 5-7pm) while listening to waves crash on the sandy Ft. Lauderdale shore.

Southport Raw Bar

1536 Cordova Rd

Rustic Southport Raw Bar offers food and beer specials from 4-7pm. After you disembark your private yacht (most likely named Aquaholics) at the free boat dock, kick your feet up on the patio and enjoy $3 bottle beer or $6.50 pitchers along with $6 clams, shrimp, and wings.

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