Weekend Concierge

Sep 132013
soulicide st paddy halfwayAs if you needed a reason to drink and party, this weekend marks the beginning of many “Half-Way to St-Patty’s Day” parties on the calendar during the month of September.  Bars and restaurants have so much fun on March 17th that they cannot wait until March of 2014 to do it again.  So, here’s the plan: Sometime during the middle of the month of September, have a party EXACTLY like the one they had in March, complete with shamrock decorations, employees and customers wearing green, drink specials such as Irish car bombs and green beer, some Irish specialities such as Sheppard’s pie or Corn Beef & Cabbage and “voila!” you now have a Half-Way to St-Patty’s Day party!
If you like being Irish at least twice a year, hear are some upcoming events this month where you can take your green shirt or dress back out of the closet.
Catch The Living Daylights Saturday night at The Black Rose Irish Pub in Boca Raton.  Besides a great band, winner of this year’s Sunfest Battle of the Bands, Bag Pipers will be in the house playing between band sets, Free Irish temporary tattoos will be given away, drink specials include $5 Irish Car Bombs, and low and behold, you can order award winning shepard’s pie!  To top it off, The Guinness and Jameson girls will be giving away free samples and giveaways.
Down in Davie the same night, Rough Shot will be blending their style of Country and Rock music at Luke’s Place while celebrating the half-way to Patty’s day with weekend long drink specials: $5 Irish Car Bombs,$1 Green Jello Shots and $2 Green Rolling Rock beer.
If you feel that you should wait until the 17th of the month, check out Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point.  Packy’s will be serving traditional Irish Dinners from 11am-midnight for $9.99 including Corned Beef & Cabbage, Bangers & Mash, Fish-n-Chips & Shepherd’s Pie.  Live music with bOunce from 8:30pm-1am and more live music outside on the patio.  Not bad for a Tuesday night!
Meanwhile, also on Tuesday the 17th, the Dubliner Fort Lauderdale will be hosting the Young Professionals for Covenant House with a happy hour from 6pm-8pm to raise money for a good cause.  Admission to this event includes appetizers and two complimentary drinks while supporting Covenant House Florida, a residential crisis shelter for homeless youth under the age of 21, including moms and their babies.
Last, but not least, my favorite Irish Bar down in Davie, Cagney’s Saloon, has hired one of the best rockin’ bands in Broward to celebrate the occasion on September 27th.  Although details are not available  at the time of this writing, I’m sure it will be a packed house for Soulicide, green beer will be flowing along with lots of Jagermeister!
No matter what day you decide to celebrate Half-Way to St. Patty’s Day, have fun with it and remember that Halloween is just around the corner this time!
 September 13, 2013  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Sep 102013
Pool O'Meara's Irish Pub

MouthtapeMugshots Bar & Grill of Margate has been sold and is now under new ownership.  The bar has undergone a face-lift and will become O’Meara’s Irish Pub on Tuesday, September 10th.  Patrons are invited to visit the new venue and meet new owner, Bill McDonald, on Tuesday, September 10th for their official opening party from 8 pm to midnight. There will be live music by “Mouth Tape”, food and drinks.

O’Meara’s Irish Pub will feature live entertainment every Wednesday through Saturday, pool tables, darts, NFL Sunday Ticket for the big games and much more.

While they have already done some upgrades, there is plenty more to come. The Mugshots Margate Facebook and e-mail address will remain active for the next 90 days to ease the transition.  For more information, check out their all-new Facebook page.

O’Meara’s is located at 1049 N. State Road 7, Margate, Florida 33063


 September 10, 2013  Posted by  Local Events 1 Response »
Sep 022013
Bar Fun

Have you ever wondered what’s going on at local bars when they are not featuring your favorite local cover band?   Weekend Broward is introducing something new to the website that is known for promoting live music in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding cities. Everyday, bars offer food specials, drink specials, pool, dart and other competitions but it’s hard to track of which one is where on which night.  Now, WeekendBroward is offering sponsoring venues a section where they can  list all their weekday specials in one place.  The new page lets you browse the specials at a glance and decide where you would like to spend your evening.

See also “Weekend Pass“. Give it a try and try something new tonight!


 September 2, 2013  Posted by  Weekend Blog No Responses »
Aug 302013

harmonica blowoff cheersThis Sunday, September 1, the South Florida Blues Society turns Cheers Food, Drinks, Sports and Music in Fort Lauderdale into a “Roomful of Wind” for music lovers. For the 11th year in a row, this special event is a showcase of the some of the best blues Harmonica Players in South Florida that take a break from their regular bands to display their talents specifically focusing on the harmonica. The show assures no duplication, with each player performing his selection of four to five songs combining vocal and “inhaling/exhaling” talent with a finale featuring all players at the end of the show.

This year’s performers are Willy Lojo, Pix-E Ensign, Cadillac Chuck, Clay Goldstein, Nick Trill, and Dr. Lee.  All players will be backed by R.J. Harman and Company.  Richard “ RJ” Harman, also a featured harp player in this year’s show, is a two-time first place winner at the Florida Harmonica championships.  He and his four-piece band were semi-finalists at the International Blues Challenge (2012) in Memphis, TN after having won at the Central Florida Blues Challenge in 2011. The show is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. with doors open at 2:00 to get the best seating.  Admission is $10.00 for non-members and $8.00 for current card-carrying Blues Society members. You can join the SFBS at the door to get your discount for this and other South Florida Blues Society events.  It’s a great day of music with a very friendly, large “blues” family at Cheers located at 941 E Cypress Creek Road located just east of I-95. Phone 954-771.6337. www.CheersRockBar.com .

For more information, a list of all future blues events and calendar, or to contact your local Blues Society, go to www.soflablues.org .

Special thanks to Mary Council of the South Florida Blues Society for providing WeekendBroward with all the information on this special event.

 August 30, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Aug 152013

Food Trucks MargateWhen I announced last week that WeekendBroward was spawning off yet another page to a new website called FoodTrucksFortLauderdale.com, a lot of people must have asked the question “Who cares about Food Trucks?” and why is Rob, The Weekend Concierge, spinning his wheels on yet another website when he is already so busy with WeekendBroward.com? To begin to answer the question, I need to let you know that finding Food Truck events in and around Fort Lauderdale has nothing to do with my love for food that is made in a mobile kitchen.  In fact, when the weather is 90+ degrees outside or pouring rain, I would much rather be sitting inside an air-conditioned restaurant or my own kitchen.  However, knowledge of food truck events for me is like a stock investor knowing next month’s forecast of consumer confidence or the unemployment rate or housing starts.  In other words, there is much more than trucks spewing out both carbon dioxide and scents of sweet sauces at most food truck events and that may interest you as much as it interests me.

Food Truck RoundupLet’s look at the next few weeks worth of events, for which I can thank Jochen Esser.  Jochen runs GourmetTruckExpo,  one of only a handful of food truck event organizers around Broward and Palm Beach County.  He is the guy you call when you represent a city such as Sunrise, Margate, or Boca Raton to name some recent examples and you want to feed a crowd of hungry people at an outdoor event that doesn’t have the facilities in place to do so.  He then calls up to 25 Food Brazilian Beat Boca RatonTruck operators or more to drive from many miles away to attend these events from morning until nightfall, hoping that they can sell enough food to pay for their time and gas.  He also makes sure that they have permits, electricity and publicity to name just a few items on his to-do list.  That’s no easy task! Thanks to his efforts and a few other event organizers, we have advanced “warning” of upcoming events involving Live Music such as The 2nd Annual Brazilian Beat in Boca Raton on September 6th, or a Carlos Santana Tribute Show in Parkland on September 7th, or more live music at the Sunrise Civic Center on September 18th. If you are not excited about knowing that there are some exciting outdoor events with free entertainment in a city near you, you are reading the wrong blog!  However, if you are single, married, with or without children and on the lookout for a less expensive way to spend your hard earned money, then finding out where the next Food Truck Event is taking place might be exactly what you need!

 August 15, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »
Jul 302013
Country Music Festival

Country Music FestivalYee-haw!  Country music fans in North Broward County unite!  We know you’re out there and now there’s a place for you to celebrate this coming Saturday, August 3rd in Deerfield Beach.  As with all outdoor country music festivals, you can expect some fine Southern foods, arts & crafts, a mechanical bull and live music entertainment all day and all night on two stages!

This event gets started at High Noon at the Main Beach Parking Lot (149 SE 21st Ave) in Deerfield Beach, one block South of Hillsborough Blvd on A1A (so don’t expect to park there!).   Attendees are being asked to park at The Cove Shopping Center (just before the drawbridge at 1500 E. Hillsborough Blvd) and take the free trolley to the beach.   The trolley will also be making a stop at the St. Ambrose Catholic Church, located at 380 S Federal Highway and will run continuously from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

The entire day will be packed with Country & Western music from Noon till 9pm!  Check out this schedule:

Uproot Hootenany

Uproot Hootenanny

12:00PM – 1:00PM  –  Maggie Baugh

1:00PM – 1:30PM  – Erica Morgan (Side Stage)

1:30PM – 2:30PM – County Line Road

2:30PM – 3:00PM  – Jess Taylor (Side Stage)

Andrew Morris Band

Andrew Morris Band

3:00PM – 4:30PM – Uproot Hootenanny

4:30PM – 5:15PM  – Ashley Briggs (Side Stage)

Tom Jackson band

Tom Jackson

5:15PM – 6:45PM  – Andrew Morris

6:45PM – 7:30PM  – Bailey Callahan (Side Stage)

7:30PM – 9:00PM – Tom Jackson

Don’t forget to bring your beach chairs and sunscreen.  This event is being sponsored by the City of Deerfield Beach and there is no admission fee. Can I hear you say “Yee-haw!?” More information may or may not be available at the event website (after-all, I did try to include it all here)!

 July 30, 2013  Posted by  Local Events No Responses »