THE GO GUIDE Things to do with out-of-town visitors
That twitch in your eye can mean only one thing: You are, of course, awed by the overwhelming joy of the season. Of course. But there is also the impending reality that those people are on their way back, and you’ll be playing master of ceremonies. And they’ll want more than football and streaming “National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Family Reunion” (Bryan Cranston!).
Here’s a list of new things to do in places that have opened since last Thanksgiving. Maybe they’ll be new to you, too. The brightly colored cars of the
rolling through eastern Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties like fanciful tubes of tropical taffy, offer upscale rides from convenient downtown stations in West
Brightline, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale
Families with young children may want to try the holidaythemed
an interactive trip with readings of the book, visual and edible treats and a visit from Santa. Pajamas optional (but encouraged). Polar Express rides take place Saturday-Sunday through the end of the year, with tickets starting at $55, $50 ages 2-11. Standard tickets for Brightline start at $10. Visit GoBrightline .com.
Opened last December just a hop and a skip from the Brightline Station, the West
has been a dynamic setting for beer, wine and live music. Its will include all three, with a nitro
press, Brightline Polar Ex- and Wine Vault Palm Brewery Black Friday Bash Toasted Coconut Milk Stout
making its debut for a mere $3, and its new
also being unveiled at half-off, $19 a bottle. Visit WestPalmBeer.com.
2016 Inky Black Red Wine
has brought the urban food-hall experience to West
evolving warehouse district, with a trendy lineup of vendors, shops and snacking and dining options, including
and those crazy Thai ice cream rolls. On Saturday morning (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), the Norton will host another kid-friendly
gathering. Visit Facebook.com/ GrandviewPublic. The dog-friendly Mathews
in downtown Lake Worth quickly became a hub of activity in support of various community events and a new stage for local musicians to share songs. Recommended: Live music all weekend, including the Mark 8 p.m. Friday,
8 p.m. Saturday and the 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit Facebook.com/MathewsBrewing. The restaurant in
got three stars from Mike Mayo on SouthFlorida.com, who found it uneven in some areas but with much more to praise. Those meals took place last summer, and we’d like to assume fixes have been made
Grandview Public Market Palm Beach’s Crema Art Studio Co. III Band Girlfriend Material Crazy Fingers Trio Beach Museum of Family Driftwood Brewing Boynton
at this “restaurant for regular people,” as chef-owner calls it. Yelpers seem to love it. We can’t get past the dessert of warm cornbread with buttermilk ice cream and blackberries. Visit DriftwoodBoynton.com. As Yogi Berra once said of
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” That rare instance of a restaurant (and casually chic bar) located right on the beach, the light, bright Beach House is the jewel of the city’s beautifully realized remodel of North Pompano Beach Boulevard, just north of Atlantic. Sweet spot to stroll while you’re waiting for your table. BeachHousePompano.com.
The first restaurant on the river at downtown historic Riverside Hotel,
is such a seamless addition to the old gal that you’d swear it’s been there forever. The casual vibe of this covered wraparound terrace, showcasing seafooddominant tapas-style dishes and a thoughtful cocktail menu, is the definition of what a visitor might expect during a stay in Fort Lauderdale. Visit Boathouse Riverside.com.
is the downtown cocktail bar that needed, as urban and streetwise as its sister spot, Rhythm & Vine, is sunny and frolicsome. They take their cocktails very seriously.
Pompano, erside, Jimmy Everett Fort Lauderdale’s Boathouse at the Riv- The Wilder Fort Lauderdale Beach House
Sweet patio, too. Visit IntoTheWilder.com.
The college crowd (perhaps those who wish they were still in college) made
in downtown a hot destination from the get-go. Recommended: The Florida State-sympathetic beer hall will host an
at noon Saturday, which will offer plenty of reminders of the sad state of Sunshine State college football (with all due respect to UCF). Visit Facebook.com/ TownshipFTL.
Township party Tarpon River Brewing Fort Lauderdale Riverside Market, Native the Restaurant People,
and which is all you really need to know about it. But along with the quality beer, it’s just a quality hang. Recommended:
8:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit TarponRiverBrewing.com.
is the newest rooftop to open in downtown Fort (not to be confused with the swank Rooftop) and the colorful, open-air space under its impressive second-level cover pulses with energy. All the cool kids are there. Visit BarRita FTL.com.
All whitewashed Malibu-meets-Fort Lauderdale chic, with the fresh, healthful dishes that define the original Myapapaya, the new Myapapaya achieves a higher zen by virtue of its Fed-
in downtown comes from the fertile
& the Honest Liars Bar Rita Fort Lauderdale FSU-UF watch Lauderdale Mark Dubin on the River
Township in Fort Lauderdale will host an FSU-UF watch party on Saturday.
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