By Adam Beasley
The Vibe: Don’t you love a place that knows what it is and makes no apologies for itself, regardless of location? That’s the Quarterdeck. At 14th and Alton on Miami Beach, it should be serving dainty appetizers and overpriced cocktails with artwork for sale on the wall. Not the Quarterdeck. Plastic fish and pictures of yachts are the decorations. Wooden bar and stools make you feel like you’re sitting on a – yes – quarterdeck. Upbeat music on the stereo. No pretense here.
Prices/Deals: Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Hope you like drinking because the deal is two-for-one alcohol. And it’s not like the prices are steep to begin with. Even their specialty drinks (e.g., Key Lime Martini, Captain’s Rum Punch) are only $9. After two of those, you’ll be ready to fish. Then there’s the 100-ounce beer tower (more than eight drinks) for only $16.99. Great way to make friends. The food isn’t bad either. Fifty-cent oysters. Thirty-nine-cent peel and eat shrimp. And buffalo wings for 35 cents a piece.
The Scene: Got a shirt? You’re in. Jeans or shorts are fine too. In fact, they’ll let you in wearing just about anything – except a tie, it seems. Those are scarce. It’s half-bar, half-restaurant. The drinkers and the families each know where they belong and don’t bother each other.
Quarterdeck, 1430 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; 305-531-2441; 2933 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-2010
For other South Florida locations visit www.quarterdeckrestaurant.com