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Hidden Gem: Check Out This Speakeasy Whiskey Bar In Fort Lauderdale

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Photo courtesy of Old School Hospitality

There's a back bar in Fort Lauderdale that's serving up a killer selection of whiskey — a list of more than 200 varieties to be exact.

The space was originally conceived as an auxillary experience to a neighborhood favorite. While the main restaurant in which it's located is best known for its fun hangout atmosphere serving up American comfort fare and local beers, this new space would provide regulars with a more upscale, speakeasy cocktail lounge vibe.

We're talking about Whiskey Neat, located at the back of the original Fort Lauderdale Quarterdeck restaurant.

Both concpets are the brainchild of Old School Hospitality restaurant group, who envisioned a space where their patrons could sample some of the finer things in life — pairing them with tapas-style small plates and listening to some live music.

Today, Whiskey Neat’s curated whiskey list presents over 230 varieties to choose from, with options that range from American Whiskey (Angel’s Envy, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve) and fine Irish selections (Jameson, Proper Twelve, Tullamore Dew) to Canadian whiskey (Crown Royal, Brenne) and Japanese whiskey (Kikori, Suntory Toki, Akashi). All of Whiskey Neats’ libations are carefully curated and served artistically with the freshest ingredients utilizing various forms of ice including shaved, cubed, spherical — even skull-shaped cubes.

Guests can also enjoy any of Whiskey Neat’s specialty cocktails from their full cocktail list including curations like the New York State of Mind ($14), made with Hudson Baby Bourbon, Trincheri Sweet Vermouth, Bitter Truth Bitters and Filthy Black Cherry; the Pink Lady ($13) with Tito’s Vodka, Lemon Juice, Honey, Raspberries, Topped With Prosecco; and the 007 ($14) with Grey Goose Vodka, Aviation Gin, Combier Rose Liqueur, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Zest. The bar also offers over 60 varieties of high-end wine, locally crafted brews alongside a few old school favorites.
Photo courtesy of Old School Hospitality

With five locations across South Florida, Quaterdeck first appeared in 1966 inside Big Daddy’s Liquor Store and Lounge on Cordova Road. That lounge was nicknamed the “Quarterdeck” by Joe "Big Daddy" Flanigan, and it has been known by that name for 50 years. Since then, current owner Paul Flanigan has gone on to open multiple locations in the last three decades, and the resulting restaurant has become a favorite watering hole for locals.

Today, the concept has expanded to include a number of new menu items. Now, guests can enjoy a long list of creative sushi rolls, as well, from the Michelle Roll ($19) made with Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, tempura, eel sauce and spicy aioli to Mike’s Lobster Roll ($26) with Shrimp tempura and masago with avocado and Maine lobster on top.

Also available are some classics like the All American Burger ($14) with Canadian seasoning, bacon, American cheese, chopped red onions, chopped lettuce, tomato, and homemade Quarterdeck burger sauce; or the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich ($15) marinated jerk chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, mixed greens and pico de gallo on a lightly toasted ciabatta roll served with guests choice of coleslaw, french fries or tater tots.

Guests looking to imbibe can explore Quarterdeck’s new hand-crafted specialty cocktails, with options like The Michelle ($11) with Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime juice, topped with soda water and fresh berries; Spritz ($12) with Aperol Aperitivo Liqueur, prosecco and soda water; Mojito ($10) with Bacardi Superior Rum, simple syrup, fresh muddled mint and lime, topped with soda water and available in strawberry, peach and mango flavors for an additional $1; and QD Old Fashioned ($13) with Bulleit Bourbon, Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters, Filthy Black Cherries, brown sugar and orange peel.

Whiskey Neat at Quarterdeck. 1035 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-524-6163;

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