Fort Lauderdale Beach was the birthplace of spring break, and despite the city’s efforts to shoo it elsewhere, it still lives on. On any given day, you can saunter into any one of the many Fort Lauderdale beach bars and find yourself next to someone who came on spring break in 1981 and never left. And they’ve got the football-colored skin to prove it.
People like that are part of why drinking on the beach in Fort Lauderdale is as much about the colorful characters as it is the tropical drinks. You’ll find everyone from old-timey locals to live performing mermaids in bars that run the gamut from dives to upscale cocktail lounges in the Ritz Carlton. No matter your style, there’s a Fort Lauderdale bar with views of the Atlantic Ocean for you.