Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Downtowner Saloon: a view of the New River, a slice of old Fort Lauderdale

Downtowner Saloon
10 S. New River Drive East
South of New River, east of the Andrews Ave. Bridge, behind the Courthouse (see their site for directions - tough to find)
Free parking in a lot approaching the restaurant.
Monday-Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday Brunch
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. 12 Midnight

Also home to the Maxwell Room – for weddings, receptions and other group events (954-463-6630)

By Jane Feehan

Sitting on the New River in a building nearly 90-years-old – historic in these parts – the Downtowner Saloon attracts locals who come from the nearby courthouse during the day, or those who want to soak up the sights of the river and its traffic while listening to live music at night. It’s also party central for the annual Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival, the Super Bowl and other sporting events.
Food is standard fare for a saloon: lots of beef, burgers, sandwiches and shellfish - but it’s consistent and passable for the price. They try hard to please an array of picky palates with a raw bar, Monday steak nights (for $12.99), Thursday surf and turf (for $14.99), Sunday all you can eat crab night, two for one appetizer specials during certain hours - and more. There’s always something going on midst a motley collection of Fort Lauderdale characters and boaters who live along the New River.

I’ve never had a bad, if not memorable, meal here and have even enjoyed some holiday brunches. Outdoor seating is limited and fills up fast. The view from one of the indoor bars includes the river. Free parking available at the side of the saloon or take the Water Taxi and get off at stop number 10. Save taxi receipt for a drink discount. Service: good.  

Tags: Dining downtown Fort Lauderdale, live music downtown Fort Lauderdale, Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival, Fort Lauderdale sports bar, Fort Lauderdale Super Bowl party

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