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For those seeking a grittier alternative to the suits and heels scene on Las Olas Boulevard, Fat Cat's is a downtown Fort Lauderdale mainstay featuring dark, Americana-littered walls, an eclectic program of local live music, and a formidable selection of cheap beer. Active types dance and sing along an inch from the stage, while the sullen sit in the shadows watching, drinking, and loving every minute of it. Shoot a game of pool, groove to the live reggae on Wednesday nights, or hang out on the front patio for some great people-watching.
While making the bar scene in downtown Fort Lauderdale is usually quite enough fun all on its own, every once in a while, it’s nice to spice things up. And as in the bedroom, sometimes a little costumed role-playing is just the ticket. In... More »
FastForward is a weekly column highlighting the highs, lows, and in-betweens of South Florida nightlife. It's a weeknight stop at your neighborhood dive; it's a blurry, bass-filled Friday night in the... More »
London's deep dubstep DJ and producer V.I.V.E.K. will make a stop at one of Fort Lauderdale's downtown home bases for alternative music, Original Fat Cat's, this Monday. Organized by South Florida ba... More »
The Tortuga Music Festival is hitting Fort Lauderdale beach this weekend. And with it comes an eclectic mix of performers, from country music stars like Kenny Chesney to modern hippies like Michael Fr... More »
Whereas many drink-slingers say they're only working the clubs until they land that modeling contract, win the Nobel Prize, or meet a sugar mama across the counter, Don Singleton treats his job like a profession and a craft. Even when he's off duty, he has kind words for his co-workers and gets people psyched about the bar. He can always be counted on for a Hawaiian shirt and a sly smile that intimates he's in on a secret. He deftly helps customers navigate a complex beer selection, and he never runs out of drink suggestions, which may include his secret-recipe Mango Madness. Request some obscure, show-offy drink and ask "Can you make that?" and Don will just chuckle. Of course he can.
I sometimes picture my liver in the glass bottle of vodka behind the bar. On tough days, it's in the whiskey. If this just worried you, stop reading here... because in the dark, dank world of Fat Cat's, shame isn't welcomed. I know this -- I'm the regular, not you. I am not worried that this self-proclaimed acknowledgment will expose me. The barkeeps and fellow patrons don't know where I work or what I do. The staff didn't just walk off the sitcom Cheers. At Fat Cat's, there is no time... More »
Whereas many drink-slingers say they're only working the clubs until they land that modeling contract, win the Nobel Prize, or meet a sugar mama across the counter, Don Singleton treats his job like a profession and a craft. Even when he's off duty, he has kind words for his co-workers and gets people psyched about the bar. He can always be counted on for a Hawaiian shirt and a sly smile that intimates he's in on a secret. He deftly helps customers navigate a complex beer selection, and he... More »
Let's face it. Fort Lauderdale is a suburb no more. Thousands of condos are on the cusp of opening downtown, which means that driving will be impossible. That's good, because piloting while potted can land you either in the pokey or the morgue. Fat Cat's, which has picked up the Best Hamburger award in the past, is located on the eastern edge of the Himmarshee strip in a refurbished spot (a fire did significant damage a couple of years ago) just a block or two from hundreds of new... More »
OK, so the burger we have in mind here isn't the usual patty-on-a-bun job. It's more of a patty-on-a-salad. But that's precisely why we like it. The Fat Cat's Salad is a toss of lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and peppers, topped with mushrooms, bacon, mozzarella stick, and a quarter-pound of ground, freshly grilled beef. Creamy ranch dressing ties the whole fattening thing together the way a good mayo does on a classic sandwich. But if you're not a greens kind of guy or gal, you can always go... More »
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