4171 Boatways Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone: (239) 694-9200
Fax: (239) 690-0180
4171 Boatways Road, Fort Myers, FL, US, 33905
- Phone: (239) 694-9200
- Fax: (239) 690-0180
The world famous Buckingham Blues Bar is the place you go to when you are blue and need serious cheering up. There is a beer garden in the backyard when you can drink draft beers for USD1.50 and watch Bucky, the Beer Drinking Mule, which is also the mascot. Blues music and regular concerts are the norm. Wednesdays are Blues Jam Nights where all musicians are welcome. Thursdays are Pool Tournaments but you don't have to be a pro to play pool the rest of the week. Live blues bands play the entire weekends. Buckingham Bar is that fun place you go to meet strangers and swap stories.
The Latiers Restaurant is located in the Amtel Ramada, overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. There are several buffets to choose from. Every morning they offer a breakfast buffet and on Sunday they have a champagne brunch. The seafood buffet is Friday and the prime rib buffet is Saturday. Beer and wine are available, and there's a lounge on-site. There's also a children's menu. The restaurant seats 140 and has a smoking section and outside service. Reservations are accepted.
If you have never had deep-fried chicken gizzards and livers, the place to try that authentic Southern dish is the Farmer's Market Restaurant. You will find nothing "lite" or "lo-cal" at this casual restaurant. The meal starts with homemade cornbread. Try the hearty portions of beef stew, catfish or country-fried steak. Each meal comes with two vegetables, like turnip greens and black-eye peas. It does not take reservations, so if you show up at one of the busy times (like after church on Sundays), be prepared to wait. The dining room is smoke-free.
The Lee Café is a small, airy café-style restaurant in downtown Fort Myers that serves hearty home cooking for breakfast and lunch. You order before finding a table. The breakfast fare is traditional eggs, bacon, grits, and home fries. Try the grilled ham and cheese, or the hot steak and cheese. Vegetarians can choose a side salad or a grilled cheese sandwich. The restaurant seats 60, with a well-ventilated smoking section. Bring cash; no credit cards are accepted.
If you've never seen a casual (and inexpensive) French restaurant, then try the French Connection Café, in downtown Fort Myers. Like a French café, you can sit outside. Choosing which type of crepe to order is a hard decision. You can have chicken and almonds, fresh vegetables topped with melted cheese, or ham and sour cream crepes. For dessert, you can have a hot fudge crepe! The café seats 160, with a smoking section. They have a full bar and Happy Hour is from 11am-7pm Monday-Saturday. Reservations accepted.
For a fast and filling breakfast or lunch, try April's Eatery, located in downtown Fort Myers under the Arcade Theatre marquee. Bagel sandwiches with turkey or ham and cheese are a good way to start the morning right. For lunch, try made-to-order sandwiches, such as roast beef or eight-inch subs. After 11am, try the Tuna Melt, Turkey Reuben or BLT melt. Vegetarians can have vegetable sandwiches or subs. For dessert, choose from cream pies, fruit pies or cakes. The restaurant seats 40 and includes a smoking section. Bring cash; no credit cards accepted.
Downtown Fort Myers has a variety of bars for whatever mood you're in. Gotham Hall is a pool hall for the jet set. The intimate bar is next to The Cigar Bar ( downtown. The setting is both gothic and glitzy, with beautiful décor in the long, skinny bar. There are pool tables, drink specials, and live music. Local bands perform alternative and classic rock, and weekends there's live jazz and rhythm and blues. No cover charge.
Antonio's Pizza and Brew is an authentic New York-style pizzeria, owned and operated by Italians. Located in downtown Fort Myers, they serve pizza by the slice and 14, 18 and 22 inch pies. You can have a simple cheese pizza or a specialty pizza like Meat Lovers. Toppings range from pepperoni to tuna and even veggie burger. They also serve pasta dinners and hot and cold subs. The restaurant seats 15, with outside service, and is open late. Have a glass of beer or wine, available here. Free limited delivery is available.
The casual Hendry Street Station Tap Room and Grill offers inexpensive food and a full bar. For appetizers, try one of many seafood starters, like oysters casino or calamari. The open face steak sandwich comes on a sliced baguette with sautéed mushrooms and onions. You can order from the wine list or, if you feel daring, try the Station Cooler: dark rum, vodka, triple sec and fruit juice. The restaurant seats 155, with no smoking section or outdoor seating. Happy Hour surely makes one feel delighted.
When you're in the mood for homemade pizza, the chain delivery places just won't cut it. Pizza Fort Myers can satisfy that craving. Their homemade pizzas are made with real cheese. They also offer soups, salads, bread sticks, and dessert. For an inexpensive meal, try the all-you-can eat specials for adults, and kids. Children under the age of three are the lucky ones who get to eat free! The restaurant seats 118, with a smoking section. They don't deliver, but take-out service is available. Bring cash; no credit cards are accepted.
To see local and national bands, head to the Indigo Room, located in downtown Fort Myers. Live Band Saturday offers mostly alternative rock. Take in some local amateur talent on Wednesday's "Need 2 Be Heard" no-cover open mic night. The crowd changes depending on the night, but things usually pick up around 11pm. The bar has more than 100 varieties of beer, including domestic, imports and micros. Inside, there are red brick walls and pool tables, and occasionally food from a nearby Mexican restaurant. Cover charge is USD2 on Fridays and USD5 on Saturdays.
Lido Cafe, this restaurant and nightclub offers food, drink and dancing Wednesday through Sunday nights in downtown. Reservations are accepted for the VIP room on Saturday nights, or you can try your luck outside behind the velvet ropes. Wednesday night is the industry party, with no cover and drink specials from 9pm-midnight. Thursday nights offer Latin music. A live South Beach DJ spins music on Fridays and Saturdays. Proper attire is required, no jeans for men.