Welcome to SFIMA: The Native’s Guide to Fort Lauderdale

Welcome to sunny South Florida… where the palm trees tower over the streets, where the sun is warm and bright, and where area professionals and local marketing agencies gather to listen to the best speakers of the social media and optimization marketing industry.

Welcome to SFIMA Summit 2014!

Not sure what to do while you’re in the area? Want to get out in the beautiful warm Florida weather after a full day of sessions? No worries! Discover why you’ve come to the Yachting Capital of the World in the gorgeous Sunshine State and check out what’s not to miss in our Native’s Guide to Fort Lauderdale:


Restaurants / Bars

15th Street Fisheries

You can’t beat the beautiful view and fresh fish from right within the nautical-famous Lauderdale Marina. Enjoy your food and drinks while watching over the intracoastal waterway. Don’t forget to check out some of the biggest yachts you’ll ever see!

American Social

 American Social, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale
American Social, Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale

Looking for good music, a lively crowd, and great food? Relax on the couches and pour your own beer at the local’s favorite nightly hangout.

Canyon Southwest Grill

Just a quick drive away from Fort Lauderdale’s shopping mall, Canyon is a great hangout! Bringing American and Mexican together, they are known for their fusion cuisine and prickly pear martinis. 

The Dubliner Irish Pub

Located in the Historic District of Fort Lauderdale, Dubliner offers not only some fantastic genuine Irish cuisine, but an upstairs library. Grab a book, order the Guinness Mac & Cheese – maybe even some extra Guinness on the side, and just relax.

Hot & Soul

Don’t be thrown off by this hole in the wall! Want some incredible soul food? Order the Mushroom Machego Toast and Vegan Yum Bowl and enjoy this quaint location.

Laspada’s Original Hoagies

Best subs of South Florida! Want to grab something quick and sneak in a drive by the beach while you’re at it? Stop by Laspada’s in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea… but watch out for the flying meat!

Le Tub Saloon

Head on over to Hollywood Beach and see why GQ voted Le Tub’s for the best hamburger. You won’t be disappointed with what was once an old Sunoco Gas Station located right on the intracoastal waterway.

 McSorley's Beach Pub, A1A, Fort Lauderdale
McSorley’s Beach Pub, A1A, Fort Lauderdale

McSorley’s Beach Pub

Get a taste of the Irish while overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. McSorley’s is a good ole fashion beach bar with a great crowd and rooftop access to enjoy that salty breeze.

The Royal Pig

Located directly on Las Olas Boulevard, this gastropub offers some great food, amazing beer, and an even better atmosphere. With a name like The Royal Pig, you can’t beat their pork and bacon dishes. They even make their own sausage and foie gras!

Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen

With their modern wood design inside and tons of seating outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, Tap 42 offers a large ever-changing beer selection and unique American-style cuisine.

 Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale
Tap 42 Bar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

The Riverside Market & Cafe

Located deep in the middle of a quiet Fort Lauderdale neighborhood, what was once a small supermarket has turned into the local hangout. Browse through the aisle of beer-filled fridges, grab a bottle opener hanging from the ceiling, pop one open, and enjoy.

YOLO Bar and Restaurant

Across the street from The Royal Pig, stop by YOLO. Embracing that “You Only Live Once” vibe, YOLO offers contemporary American cuisine in the middle of the bustling South Florida scene. Grab a cocktail and check out their outdoor garden patio.


The Galleria Mall

When else can you say your shopping mall is right by the intracoastal and a short walk or drive to one of our most famous beaches?! Stop here if you want to get out of that hot South Florida sun and grab some gifts for the trip home.

Las Olas Boulevard / Riverfront

Be sure to take a stroll along the famous Las Olas Boulevard for some of the best restaurants, bars, and shopping you can find.

Beaches / Boating / Fishing

 Beach Place, A1A, Fort Lauderdale
Beach Place, A1A, Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach Place

Located just steps from the sand, Beach Place is a wonderful spot to grab some food at Lulu’s Bait Shack, sip on a frozen daiquiri at Fat Tuesday’s, and shop for some souvenirs at Maui Nix, all before heading across the street to sink your toes in the sand.

Hollywood Oceanfront Boardwalk

Named one of America’s best beach boardwalks by Travel + Leisure Magazine, this is a great place to take your morning jog or grab a snack while you watch the waves roll in.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Stop by Birch State Park and canoe through the freshwater lagoon or grab a fishing pole. This park is right across the street from the beach and offers some great trails to hike and relaxing picnic spots.

 IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame, Dania Beach

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

It wouldn’t be Fort Lauderdale without the fishing! Get the chance to see some memorabilia, record-breaking fish replicas, and even interact with the fishing simulators that will make you feel as if you’re reeling in the biggest marlin of your life.

International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum

Located two blocks south of Las Olas right by the beach, the ISHOF takes a look at some of the swimming greats, the history of swimming sports, and shows off some of our greatest role models in South Florida, our lifeguards.

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park

Kayak through the mangrove-lined waterways, catch some fish, or just enjoy the scenery at this beautiful beach state park

Arts & Entertainment

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

 Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, Fort Lauderdale

Purchased by Hugh Taylor Birch in 1895, the estate has seen it all in Florida’s history. With remains of the Tequesta people dating as far back as 2000 B.C., studies suggest that it is a place of first Spanish contact with the New World.

F.A.T. Village

Flagler Arts Technology, dubbed F.A.T. Village, is a small neighborhood of creative studios that join together to give the locals a taste of the arts. Stop by to see live paintings, graffiti, photo shoots, you name it! Grab a coffee at C&I Studios’ Next Door and enjoy the creative minds of Fort Lauderdale locals.

Museum of Discovery and Science

This is one of the most interactive museums you’ll come in contact with in South Florida. Once you’ve been welcomed by the 52-foot tall Gravity Clock, head inside to discover more about outerspace, the Everglades, our oceans, and more. If you have time, you can even check out an IMAX showing.


Be sure to click on the name of each place for more information on directions, pricing, menus, etc.

Have any questions? Still not sure what you want to do? We’d love to help you out! Feel free to comment here or tweet us @ioninteractive while you’re at SFIMA and let a native Floridian guide you.

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