4171 Boatways Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
Phone: (239) 694-9200
Fax: (239) 690-0180
Bars & Cafes
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.
At Club 1527, located in downtown Fort Myers, the DJ plays hip-hop, techno, and Top 40 dance music and the dance floor gets crowded. The club is named after its address on Hendry Street, in the heart of the entertainment district. Those who can't get into the club must wait outside. Tuesday is College Night, where a college ID waives the cover charge and Wednesday is Ladies' Night.
Most places don't allow smoking, but The Cigar Bar encourages it. There are cigars, cigarettes and smoking accessories for sale, and jazz music and wing-backed chairs to help you relax while you puff away. A walk-in humidor is set to a constant 70 degrees, and offers private lockers. If you want a martini shaken, stirred, sweet, dry or dirty, the bar has 101 to choose from. During the week, the bar is a nice place to relax, but on the weekends it gets crowded. No cover charge.
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.
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.
Naming Sky Bar had to be easy. One glance up supplies plenty of inspiration. The bar, located on the fourth floor above Peter's la Cuisine, is open air, providing breathtaking views of the sunsets over the Caloosahatchee River. The combination of picturesque views and dancing to Top 40 music brings out a mix of people, so you can dance, stargaze or both. Wednesday is Ladies Night and Thursday is Flip Night; if you call the coin flip correctly, your drink is free. There is a sandwich and appetizer menu available.
The City Tavern is perfect for a casual, inexpensive meal at a small tavern. Lunch and dinner are served daily. For an appetizer, try the Blush Clam Chowder, New England-style clam chowder with a splash of Zinfandel and tomato sauce. Sandwich choices include the deli-style smoked turkey and Gouda, or the Atlantic Salmon Wrap, served in a tortilla with red onion, frazzled spinach, and cucumber sauce. There's a vegetable turnover with eggplant and zucchini for vegetarians.
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.
For a hearty meal at a neighborhood hangout, try Ida's Pub & Eatery for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a drink at the bar. For breakfast, the Ida's Special is a scrambled egg with potatoes, green peppers, onions, and tomatoes, served on a hard roll. There are Southern Specialties for lunch, like hot roast beef with pan gravy. For dinner, they have steaks, chicken, and pasta. The restaurant seats 75, with a smoking section.
All things Irish are at Burke's Irish Tavern, located on Dean Street in Historic Downtown Fort Myers. It offers Irish entertainment three nights a week and an interior that looks authentically Irish. For food, try the Irish stew or shepherd's pie. There is also a children's menu. Of course, there is beer and wine too, but nothing stronger. The bar seats 100 and does not have a smoking section. Outside seating is available, and reservations are accepted.
The Hideaway Sports Bar is a nice place to hang out with friends and watch sports on a 100 inch TV. They have a happy hour from 11a to 7p and serve great food if you like deli sandwiches, crab cakes, steamed shrimps and salads. There is live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Look out for lunch specials.
The Veranda is considered by most to be one of the best restaurants in Fort Myers. Originally built as two homes in 1902, they were joined by a kitchen and a tropical courtyard and re-opened in 1978 as The Veranda. Dining in the courtyard is relaxing and romantic, surrounded by lush foliage, a waterfall and a goldfish pond. Reservations are highly recommended, and dress is business casual.