Bar merges out­door, in­door fun

‘We just wanted a real chill place, kind of like my back­yard’

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - BARS & CLUBS - By Talia J. Me­d­ina

In the 1998 com­edy “A Night at the Roxbury,” two broth­ers, Doug and Steve Butabi, have the idea to open a club where the in­side looks like the out­side, and vice versa. If only the Butabis could see Booze Gar­den. Take one step in­side the down­town Fort Laud­erdale bar, and you’ll in­stantly feel as if you’re out­doors.

As­tro­Turf cov­ers the floor, while fake shrub­bery en­com­passes the back wall and the wall be­hind the bar, which seats 10. Light fix­tures hang from vines above the bar, though the rest of the space is dimly lit, with gar­den lights hang­ing from the awning.

“We just wanted a real chill place, kind of like my back­yard,” co-owner Ritchie Lopez says. “I want [peo­ple] to be able to come by, play a cou­ple games, hang out with some friends, have some drinks, maybe get a hot dog and go home.”

A gi­ant Jenga game sits atop an empty bar­rel next to cush­ioned out­door seat­ing and a beach um­brella.

Nearby are two ar­cade bas­ket­ball hoops, a Pac-Man ma­chine and an ar­cade ma­chine that holds more than 650 games. All these games are free to play. There’s also a coin-op­er­ated punch­ing bag ma­chine.

Booze Gar­den

Where: 111-A SW Sec­ond Ave., in Fort Laud­erdale. Hours: The bar is open 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Mon­days, Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Satur­days, and 6 p.m.-4 a.m. Fridays and Sun­days. Con­tact: Call 754-800-1441 or go to BoozeGar­den.com.

While Booze Gar­den re­placed Glitch Bar, which fea­tured vin­tage ar­cade games, Lopez says his bar is not a “bar­cade.”

Lopez says they want to add board games to Booze Gar­den’s reper­toire and will bring in game con­soles on Tues­days.

Other themed nights in­clude “Welcome Home Wed­nes­days,” when beers and se­lect cock­tails are half off. Lopez wants to have bands play on Wed­nes­days, too. Ladies drink free wine, cham­pagne and beer on “Ladies Rock Thurs­day Nights,” and guys get half off se­lect beers.

“We don’t want to leave any­one out,” Lopez says with a chuckle.

Happy hour on Fridays runs from 6 to 10 p.m., when every­thing is half off.

From Thurs­day to Satur­day, the LMFAO song “Shots” plays ev­ery hour and bar­tenders pour free kamikaze shots into peo­ple’s mouths.

Lopez says Booze Gar­den of­fers a nightly “in­dus­try night,” when every­thing is 25 per­cent off. TJMe­d­ina@South­Florida.com, Face­book, In­sta­gram, Twit­ter.

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Light fix­tures hang from vines above the bar, though the rest of the space is dimly lit with gar­den lights hang­ing from the awning.

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