Things at Gulfstream Park are about to get more exciting thanks to the arrival of the Carousel Club. The open-air venue is the spot for all things food, cocktails, and entertainment day or night. An antique carousel anchors a tented space with a bungalow-chic vibe, plenty of lounge seating, and ginormous video screens. Guests can expect family-friendly activations and an excellent culinary partnership during the day, while top DJs, live entertainment, and elevated mixology will steal the show in the evening.
Barkyard n’ Brews
About five years ago, Rob Kennish and his wife, Stacey, met Russell Knutson at a dog park with their Great Danes. Together, they’d frequent hot spots that served beer with patios and outside eating areas, however, something was missing. “We were frustrated that we couldn’t go to a bar and have drinks while having our dogs off the leash,” explains Kennish. In July they opened a joint dog park and bar named Barkyard n’ Brews in downtown Lauderdale. The 10,000-square-foot dog park features a splash pad with a beer garden offering beer, seltzer, and wine. There’s also corn hole, Jenga, Foosball, TVs, and plenty of food trucks.
The Lowdown on Barkyard n’ Brews
Co-owner Rob Kennish shares what to know before you go
FLI: Tell us about Barkyard’s memberships.
Kennish: Only dogs require a membership to enter; humans are always free. We offer a single-visit day pass for $10 plus tax, a monthly membership for $30, and a yearly membership for $275. Yearly members get a free drink at the bar on Thursdays and free coffee or hot chocolate on Mondays.
Do you have any regulations?
Every dog over the age of 10 months must be spayed or neutered. All dogs must be vaccinated for rabies, distemper, and Bordetella (proof is required). Dogs under 4 months are not permitted in the off-leash area due to safety concerns. All dogs are welcome as long as they are fixed, have current vaccinations, and are sociable around other dogs.
What else should we know?
We host yoga in the park, and coming soon will be dog agility training classes and movie night in the park.
Sidewalk Bottle Shop
Oenophiles have a new spot: Sidewalk Bottle Shop in Flagler Village. Created by David Lopez and Walter Navarro, this outpost features natural wines from all over the world for purchase in addition to by-the-glass options and a tapas menu. “I waited a long time for this location,” says Lopez, who recently moved to Fort Lauderdale. Previously, when he’d visit, he always stopped at Laser Wolf, a locals’ favorite watering hole, and fell in love with the triangular-shaped, Spanish-influenced building. At Sidewalk Bottle Shop, guests can take any bottle off the wine wall and hang out inside or out for a small corkage fee. What matters most for the duo is bringing people together. “There’s nothing better for social events than opening an amazing bottle of wine and sharing it with friends,” says Lopez.