Weekend Concierge

Dec 062017
downtown countdown

What to call this blog was probably the hardest part of getting it started as we weren’t sure what to call Sunday, December 31, 2017 – is it New Year’s Eve 2017 or 2018?   Along comes Google which confirms that it’s 2017 yet that sounds old by now so we made to sure to include both years into the headline to avoid any confusion.  Last year, we compiled two separate listings of New Year’s Eve parties – one for Broward County and one for Palm Beach County.  This year, we combined the two.  Apologies to Miami-Dade for not being able to produce a more complete listing for all of south Florida but this is what we do best!  While this is in no way a complete list, it’s one that emphasizes supporting the local music scene which is what we do all year round.  Of course, we won’t say no if anyone wants to throw in an ad or two to support our live music lovin’ habit!


City of Fort Lauderdale’s Annual Downtown Countdown

Hailed as one of the largest and most exciting New Year’s Eve celebrations in Florida, The City of Fort Lauderdale sponsors a free street festival that is filled with fun and entertainment for both children and adults alike. The spectacular celebration features a variety of activities for the whole family starting at 3:30 p.m. with an early countdown and “anchor” drop at 7 p.m.

The festivities for kids will include bounce houses/inflatables, face painting and games, contests and dancing with DJ William Pennhouse, and free caricatures until 7:30pm.   The Fort Lauderdale will  drop at midnight followed by brief fireworks and live music until 1am.

Alcohol will be available for purchase and cannot be brought in.   It all takes place at Esplanade Park located across the street from the Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale.  More details at: www.fortlauderdale.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/downtown-countdown

Downtown Countdown Event Schedule

3:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Family Fun Zone

  • 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Inflatables, face painting, DJ with music, games & contests
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  Special appearance by OBIE, the Orange Bowl Mascot
  • 7:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Kids Countdown to illuminate anchor & Line dancing

8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Live music by Orquesta Calle Sol ~  an 11 piece band that presents a tribute to the “Golden Years” of salsa: the 70’s and 80’s.  The headliner is the Shane Duncan Band ~ playing Rock n Roll, Country and a wide range of music.


Steve Chumley at Plunge Beach Hotel in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (12pm)

$ Incredible Johnny L at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Fishtales On 33rd (5pm)

Big Rock Band at The Village Grille & Pump in Lauderdale by the Sea (8pm)

Tony Succar & Mixtura at Margaritaville Restaurant & Lone Palm Pool in Hollywood (9pm)

GrindStone at Bogart’s in Cooper City (9pm)

$ Elisa Rego Band at Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale (9pm) RSVP -See Ad on this page

Stone Mojo at Johnny O’Brian’s Pub in Coconut Creek  (9pm)

Payback at Jimbo’s Sand Bar in Hollywood  (9pm)

$ Shakey-T Band at Galuppi’s in Pompano Beach (9pm) – RSVP -See Ad on this page

$ Betty Padgett & Krush Band at Tavolino Della Notte in Coral Springs (9:30pm) – RSVP Call for details

Bounce at Lulu’s Bait Shack in Fort Lauderdale (9:30pm)

Fistful of Dollars at Chit Chats Bar in Pompano Beach (10pm)

Jason K. & Signal Fire at Hollywood Beach Bandshell outside of Margaritaville (10pm)

White Noise at Cheers Fort Lauderdale – Cheers Food and Spirits (10pm)

Green Means Go at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood (10pm)

Steeltown Religion at Cheers Sunrise (10pm)

Loose Cannons at Cagney’s “House of Rock” Saloon in Davie (10:30pm)

For a more complete list of which bands are playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Broward County.


Boca Raton

The Funky Biscuit – Ring in the New Year with some of South Florida’s favorite blues musicians: Albert Castiglia, Matt Schofield & Heather Gillis starting at 8:00 PM on. Reserve Ticket includes a reserved seat and a 4 course dinner with champagne toast at midnight! Dinner options include: 8 oz. Filet Mignon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, 8 oz. Salmon Filet, or Vegetable Lasagna. All entrees include choice of two sides and Chef J’s special dessert. $100.00   Purchase online at www.funkybiscuit.com

Pavilion Grille – Dance to a mixture of Oldies, Motown, Latin, and Ballroom music with DJ DJ Russ spinning favorite hits. Dinner includes a Deluxe Dinner Buffet including a Prime Rib, Glazed Ham and Turkey Carving Station, Pasta Station, Asian Station plus more. Deluxe Dessert Station with Ice Cream Bar. Champagne Toast at Midnight. Dinner is served from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. All reservations must be prepaid. $99 (not including tax or service charge)  Complete list of pricing options can be found online.


Delray Beach

Bostons on the Beach – The New Year’s Eve party at this Delray Beach restaurant promises enticing edibles and lively entertainment by Victor Wainwright and The Train.  Wainwright’s career began over a decade ago with a rock ’n’ roll, honky-tonk style. Since then, he has broadened his musical scope to include virtually every category of the blues. The award-winning singer, songwriter, and piano player has a genuine passion for entertaining, and delivers a dynamic, crowd-pleasing performance. Guests can party all night from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and revel in two different buffets. Enjoy the dinner buffet from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., toast the new year with champagne at midnight, then wrap up the fun with a breakfast buffet. Tickets start at $80, and party favors and gratuity are included. Click here to buy your tickets to the Boston’s on the Beach New Year’s Eve party.

bostons delray new year

Johnnie Browns – Enjoy local 80’s Rock cover-band Stall-4 starting at 9pm. No Cover.

Deck-84 – A casual waterfront restaurant located in downtown Delray Beach located adjacent to the Atlantic Avenue Bridge will be offering 3 additional entrees on their special menu for New Year’s Eve.  Live Rock, Blues and Reggae by Bruja starting at 8:30pm.


Boynton Beach

Elmo’s Rock Bar – Bombshell Band, Champagne toast and late night breakfast buffet. No Cover charge.

Elmo's Rock Bar

Lake Worth

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill – 56-Ace, Free Champagne Toast. No Cover charge.

Rhum Shak – Live music by Spechlis – No Cover Charge

Johnny Q’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (Palm Springs) – Johnny Q’s has prepared a special menu for New Year’s Eve with entrees to include Yellowtail snapper, Lamb Chops, Surf & Turf and Pork Chops.  Reservations are recommended for dinner. Deecode classic rock band headlines the live entertainment.

Brogues DownUnder – This expansive and authentic Irish bar has added a New Year’s Eve dinner special including choice of salad, grilled tenderloin and grilled lobster tail, dessert and a glass of champagne for $38.95. South Florida cover band Downtown will rock you into 2017.


West Palm Beach

Copper Blues – This year’s New Year’s Eve Party is themed “Rock & Royalty” and will feature rock covers by Krazy Train.   General Admission with advance purchase is $20 and includes entry at 8pm, entertainment, and midnight champagne toast.  VIP Package Includes Entry, Entertainment, Table Reservation, Fixed Menu (Appetizer, Entree and Dessert), Party Favors and Midnight Champagne Toast $53.21 *includes tax & gratuity.  Upgrade to VIP which also includes a Half Bottle of Vueve Clicquot Champagne, Chocolate Covered Strawberries and VIP Table Reserved Table for $115.66/pp. For more info: www.copperblueslive.com

City Place – Entertainment TBA.  Snow will be falling every hour from 6 till 8 + Midnight!


Guanabanas Island Restaurant & Bar presents Spred the Dub beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge to attend; 21 and over are welcome.


For a more complete list of which band is playing where, visit our Live Music Calendar for Palm Beach County.


shooters waterfrontGaluppis Pompano Beach

new years eve boca raton

new years eve menu

$99. Includes Dinner, 2 Drinks, Champagne Toast, Party Favors and Live Entertainment by Elisa Rego Band

 December 6, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 282017
62nd Annual Candy Cane Parade

The 62nd Annual Candy Cane Parade along the world-famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is taking place on Saturday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. This year’s parade theme, “Gingerbread Jamboree,” is sure to bring the sights and scents of the holiday season to Hollywood Beach. Hollywood’s signature holiday event, the Candy Cane Parade is presented in partnership with the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for top-notch viewing of imaginative floats, marching bands and creative displays from civic, non-profit and children’s groups, or reserve a table at one of the many seaside restaurants for a complete alfresco dining and entertainment experience. Complimentary bleacher seating will be available at various locations along the parade route from Garfield Street to Polk Street with the parade emcee located in Charnow Park at Garfield Street.


Due to limited parking options on the barrier island, beginning at 5:00 p.m., parade goers are encouraged to park in one of the Downtown parking garages and take the free patron shuttle to the beach. The parking garages are located at 19th Avenue at Polk Street and 20th Avenue at Van Buren Street. Downtown parking rates apply.

For more event information or to enter your group into the parade, please contact Special Events Manager Toni Bridges at 954.921.3404. For media inquiries, please contact Joann Hussey at 954.921.3328.  More details at: http://www.hollywoodfl.org

 November 28, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 262017
light up mlk

Pompano Beach CRA kicks off the holiday season on  Saturday, December 2nd with the 8th Annual Light Up MLK event featuring live local musical performances, a new MLK Holiday Market, a beautiful tree lighting ceremony and exciting before-and after-events at Historic Ali Cultural Arts.  “Light Up MLK is a fun and festive day for the entire family,” said Tiara Striggles, CRA special events and marketing manager. “It is an opportunity for residents and visitors to experience what Downtown Pompano Beach is becoming; a lively and exciting, walkable district with a variety of activities to enjoy including live music, shopping, dining and cultural exhibits.”

During the day, attendees will enjoy live entertainment hosted by Hot 105.1 radio personalities Tamara Gant & Rodney Baltimore. Among other amazing performances, national recording artist Jimmy Bo Horne will also perform. Children will be invited to participate in an array of interactive holiday festivities including, live holiday characters, stilt walkers, sugar cookie decorating, holiday card & ornament making, and interactive art. Santa will make a special appearance in the City’s Antique Fire truck to spread his jolly good cheer throughout the park, while distributing candy and taking holiday gift wishes from kids of all ages! Event attendees will enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and bites that will be available from neighboring restaurants including Bojo’s Seafood and Finley’s Taste of the Real Bahamas Restaurant, both tenants in the CRA’s 731 Retail Shoppes on Martin Luther King Blvd. Additionally, the CRA will have stations to share information and gather public input regarding redevelopment ideas to improve the Annie Adderly Gillis Park, creating a more inviting community-gathering plaza.

This year’s event will also feature the new MLK Holiday Market, a popup retail market at Annie Gillis Park and along MLK Boulevard, established for local entrepreneurs to showcase their creations and discover new opportunities to grow their businesses.

 “Providing a pop-up retail opportunity like this for local artisans and entrepreneurs is one of the many ways CRA’s activate redevelopment areas and showcase the area’s potential to residents, future business owners and investors,” said Idella Grisset, CRA communications director. The Holiday Market vendors will feature a variety of specialty gift items, and attendees will have the opportunity to shop with and support small, local businesses in Pompano Beach.

To round out the festive evening, the Historic Ali Cultural Arts will present a special Light Up MLK Ali After Hours event. The concert will begin at 8pm, opening with Ali’s house band, Ali Soul Connection. They will be followed at 9pm by the Miami Sound Byte Band, playing all your favorite R&B, Motown, funk and pop hits!

Activity Timeline:

Noon – 4 pm: Esther Rolle Exhibit Closing Reception at the Historic Ali Cultural Arts

4– 8 pm8th Annual Light Up MLK and Holiday Market at Annie Adderly Gillis Park

7 pm: Official 36’ Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Park

8– 11 pm:  Light Up MLK Ali After Hours free concert event

Annie Adderly Gillis Park is located at 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Historic Ali Cultural Arts is located at 353 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

For more information contact Tiara Striggles at [email protected] or call 954-786-7824.

About Historic Ali Cultural Arts

The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is located in the former home of the late Frank and Florence Major Ali, who had emigrated from Cuba and The Bahamas respectively. As the first African American business owners in Pompano Beach, Frank operated a barbershop and Florence, who was a skilled seamstress, cosmetologist and fashion designer, also operated her business in the building. This two-story property was built in 1933 and placed on the City of Pompano Beach Historical Register in 2016.


The City of Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the Rock Road Restoration Historical Group preserve the northwest corridor history and culture by telling positive stories of the African American experience through performing arts, visual arts and intellectual work that educates and celebrates all people of color throughout history. 


About the Pompano Beach Redevelopment Agency (CRA)

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a dependent district established by City government for the purpose of carrying out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district. The CRA is governed by State Statutes, Chapter 163, Part III. The Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF). The funds are collected as property values increase and a portion of that increase is captured by the Agency. TIF raises revenue for redevelopment efforts without raising taxes.

 November 26, 2017  Posted by  Local Events, Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 262017
chinese lantern fest
Enjoy your holiday celebrations at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Central Broward Regional Park. This is a magical world of “THE WILD,” with multi-hued, handmade lanterns in the form of animals from around the world, Asian food and crafts, shows and more!
We’re open Christmas and New Year’s Eve. A magical event for the entire family!
  • Folk art demonstrations from Chinese Artisans
  • Chinese and Festival Food
  • Live Kung Fu performances and Guest Participation
  • Shadowplay Puppetry – a unique Chinese entertainment experience!
  • Ride a Dinosaur at Dinosaur Empire – Kids only
  • Craft gift shopping area
  • A complete transformation of Central Broward Regional Park for a NEW amazing holiday event that everyone will love!
 Here’s a little preview from Deco Drive:

Visit our page for additional information chineselanternfestival.com
For a limited time, save 20% by purchasing online tickets today.
Do I have to bring my printed, email, or text to phone ticket to the event? Yes.
We hope you can make it!
Holiday Cheers, A Hanart Culture Production
chinese lantern festival
 November 26, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 192017
apothecary 330

Not everyone wants to sit at home on Thanksgiving day and there’s not much to do, or so we thought until we asked our Facebook followers if they knew if bars would be open for business as usual.  Boy, were we in for a surprise with the list we received with just one post!  So, we thought we would share this informal list of just a few area bars that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, 2017 divided by county.  Special thanks to friends of The Weekend Concierge on Facebook for the following list with added notes of interest on each line.


Boston Johnny’s in Hollywood (opening at 11am with complimentary Thanksgiving dinner)

Briny Irish Pub in Pompano Beach (all day)

Bru’s Room (all locations)

Cagney’s Saloon (Open at 7pm, Jam Night with free Thanksgiving Dessert!)

Cheers Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise (open at 8pm and Karaoke at Cheers Fort Lauderdale)

Fishtales Restaurant & Nightclub on 33rd Street in Fort Lauderdale (Incredible Johnny L at 5pm and Rogue Theory at 9pm)

LuLu’s Bait Shack in Beach Place Fort Lauderdale (Open at 11am)

Margaritaville in Hollywood (Bombshell band on the outdoor stage 7-9 pm, Making Faces band inside at 9pm)

McSorley’s Beach Pub in Fort Lauderdale (Open all day)

Nectar Lounge at Coconut Creek Casino (Furious George band at 8pm)

Oasis Pub in Fort Lauderdale

Premier Billiards in Coral Springs (Entertainment by DJ Stefan 10pm till 2am)

Waxy O’Connors in Fort Lauderdale

Whiskey Tango in Hollywood


Blue Anchor in Delray Beach (live music by Bruja Duo at 9pm)

Bull Bar in Delray Beach

Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen in West Palm Beach  (live music by Big Medizin at 8pm)

The Duck Tavern in Boca Raton (Opening at 7:00pm)

Elmo’s Rock Bar in Boynton Beach (opening at 6pm)

O’Connor’s Pub in Boca Raton

O’Connors Pub in Delray Beach (open all day with free buffet)

Piper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Greenacres (Open at 6pm and live music by Beyond Blonde at 9:30pm)


Check our annual blog for three places to eat dinner on Thanksgiving in and around Fort Lauderdale.



Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.


Tamara at The Apothecary 330 as seen in our blog Hidden gems in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

 November 19, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Nov 152017
thanksgiving restaurants

Being in south Florida, where families do not always live in close proximity to each other, holidays like Thanksgiving are not alway as picture perfect as we see on television or movies.  Even if you have many friends and family who would like to sit around a dinner table, not everyone looks forward to cooking or cleaning for a large number of guests.  That’s why, easy year, I prepare a short list of places that will be open on Thanksgiving which falls on Thursday, November 23rd for the year 2017.  Full disclosure: the first three places listed are sponsors of Weekend Broward.

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thursday, November 24th.  Seating will be available in both their intimate dining room or out on the patio.  RSVP recommended (954) 785-0226 $34.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib, Honey-Baked Ham or Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $29.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intra-coastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer turkey, prime rib and roasted ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Cheesecake for a set price of $54/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).    Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.

You might also wish to read: Bars open on Thanksgiving Day.


thanksgiving restaurants


Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat and drink the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.

 November 15, 2017  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »