Live entertainment reigned in Fort Lauderdale restaurants and clubs of the 1960s. Below is a list of hot spots, some with the entertainers they regularly showcased. A few, such as Woody Woodbury, were more familiar to people than the venues they appeared at. Andy Bartha’s Dixieland Band was a big draw at several places in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano. There were other clubs and restaurants, but these places were landmarks.
Bahama Hotel – Woody Woodbury – See more about Woody at: www.woodywoodbury.com
Bahia Cabana - off A1A (still there) featured lounge music
Beach Club Hotel - A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard
Captain Al Starts Showboat Belle at A1A and 36th Street
Cellar Bar on Federal Highway
Charcoal Pit – Federal and Sunrise Boulevard – Living Room Lounge
Chateau Madrid – Kennan Building – Federal and Oakland Park
Colonial Lounge – Federal Highway – any drink 48 cents
Dante’s Restaurant – Federal Highway
Fazio’s House of Prime Ribs – Federal Highway
Forum Restaurant – A1A and Las Olas – also featured lounge music at night
Gaslight Inn – State road 7 near Broward Boulevard
Heilman’s - at one time featured duo Roger Fenton and Faye Cantrell who played drums wearing long white gloves.
Jolly Roger Hotel featured the Punchinellos.
Lamplighter – McNab Road in Pompano – Piano by Mr. Pinky
Le Dome of the Four Seasons – off Las Olas, west side of Intracoastal. Four Seasons condo still there
Mai Kai Restaurant – Polynesian revue. Still operating.
Marlin Beach Hotel on A1A showcased “Flip” Phillips
Mark 2100 - 1900 N. A1A with its Patio Bar nearly on the sand at the beach
Mousetrap – 2960 N. Federal Highway featured Pat Brown, Ed Hunt, Peggy Martin
Pier Top Lounge at Pier 66 – opened in 1965
Round Table Restaurant at Oakland Park and Federal – lounge with live music and jukeboxes with accompanying movies/videos – ahead of its time.
Rum House at the Galt Ocean Mile Hotel
Sea Shore Resort – A1A north of Sunrise featured Danny Bridge and the Tunesmen at the Tapis Lounge
Statler Hilton Hotel on the Galt Mile
Tale O’ the Tiger – N. Federal Highway – featured Jay Wray
Tea House of the Tokyo Moon – Seabreeze Boulevard – live music
TJ's Lounge on Commercial Boulevard - jazz
Yankee Clipper featured a Polynesian Revue with Hal Aloma’s B and
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