Cocktails and Cooking Class: An Evening in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale

By Rose-Hannah Lishman

If all the hustle and bustle of a day at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has you craving a relaxing evening along one of Florida’s most beautiful coastlines or left you with reason to celebrate, then there are many ways to enjoy a post-show wind-down here.

Just a half an hour drive from Miami, this all-American hub has all the glitz of its neighbour, but without the chaotic traffic and tiring pace. Sun downs in Fort Lauderdale come complete with a portfolio of elegant, extravagant and eclectic spots to see out the day. 

If it’s a traditional evening you’re searching for, ensure you build up an appetite whilst walking the show to make room for a fine-dining experience at 3030 Ocean. In a candle-lit, ocean-side setting this tasteful eatery serves grilled sea-food and delicately presented sunset cocktails against the charming dramatic backdrop of Florida’s breezy palms. Post-dinner, take a stroll along Las Olas beach before arriving at the Living Room at the W Hotel for a night cap under the name of a Chicago Martini or GG Manhattan.  

For those still full of energy, Chef Jean Pierre’s restaurant and cooking school is an experience in itself. Watch the chef guide you through the food preparation process step by step, before devouring a delicious meal prepared right in front of you, complete with humorous commentary from one of the region’s most talented artisans.

Informative and entertaining and serving up anything from indulgent tenderloin of beef with gorgonzola sauce to refreshing Lemoncello mousse, it’s a world away from the typical American menu and a place that sets you up well to continue into the night with new friends. 

The final spot on our Fort Lauderdale hit-list takes us back to the 1920’s prohibition era, and the speakeasy. Stache was voted one of the best hidden bars in America and rightly prides itself on meticulous mixology; think curious underground whiskey den with a concert-hall acoustics and characterful bartenders. You’ll make yourself at home here and be sipping craft creations until the early hours. 

By Rose-Hannah Lishman