Sunday, April 13, 2014

Those 1960s Fort Lauderdale Night Spots

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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

Cat's Meow - off 17th Street Causeway

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

Muriels's Exotic Jade House, north of Lauderdale by the Sea

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
       Today, home of world acclaimed mermaid show at the Wreck Bar (swimming pool with portal         windows to the bar)


Tags: Fort Lauderdale history, Fort Lauderdale in the 1960s, Fort Lauderdale entertainment history

12 comments:

  1. My wife and I have been trying to remember a great restaurant near the New River tunnel...believe the design was a sailing ship (?) we were there in 1980 and earlier.

    Walt

    P.S my wife worked at the Sea Shore and often mentions The Tunesmen

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    1. Walt, I don't recall that, but I will ask around.

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    3. I believe that was the Ancient Mariner, which was an old Coast Guard Cutter turned into a restaurant. Pat C.

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    4. Danny Bridge of Danny and the Tunesmen was a dear friend of our family. A great guy who is dearly missed.

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  2. Does anyone remember Lenny's nightclub. I played there summer 1965. Also ate at a place named "The Cats Meow"

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    1. Yes! Cat's Meow had good food, too. Was it Pete and Lenny's on Commercial that you are referring to? That was later in the 1970s.

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    2. Lenny's was a large warehouse type building 3 blocks South of State Road 84 1/2 block East of Federal. Near the roller rink.
      They had live bands and a huge dance floor. It was a swinging place in the 50's and 60's.

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    3. I played at Lenny's summer of 1965 with a band from Jax fl, The Ravens. We had a couple of GO-GO girls that traveled with us and danced when we played. Does anyone remember Bill Moffitt? I think he had something to do with the Yankee Clipper. We met him in St Augustine at Danny's A GO GO and he took us to Ft Lauderdale. We did some movie filming at the Mia Kai and I also remember eating at the Cat's Meow.

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    4. The Lenny's I remember from 1965 had a dance floor on each side of the room and a catwalk went from the stage out into the seating area where the Go Go girls danced when we (the Ravens) played. I don't remember it being 2 story in 1965 but it could have been remodeled. As you viewed from the stage, the entrance was to the left.

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  3. I am trying to recall the name of a Polynesian type bar/restaurant in south Florida in the 1960's. It had a piano bar and maybe a dance floor. They had performers each night and I remember the "Sullivan Sisters" sang there. They served drinks out of fake coconuts. I really don't think it was the Polynesian Room at the Yankee Clipper. I think it was located on a corner in a one-story building. Any ideas?membePolynesian type bar/restaurant in south Florida that had a piano bar and maybe a dance floor. They had performers each night and I remember the "Sullivan Sisters" sang there. They served drinks out of fake coconuts. I really don't think it was the Polynesian Room at the Yankee Clipper. I think it was located on a corner in a one-story building. Any ideas?

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  4. It could have been the South Pacific in Hollywood or Miami. Check post on this blog titled "Adazzle"

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