Aerial view of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Aerial view of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

What's New in Greater Fort Lauderdale

New on the Hotel Scene

Home2Suites Pompano rendering

Tru by Hilton and Home2Suites by Hilton Pompano Beach Pier opened a 150-room hotel in June 2021. The dual-branded hotel features a fitness area, a saline pool and a rooftop deck featuring spectacular 360 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Pompano Beach Fishing Pier, the Hillsboro Lighthouse, the Intracoastal Waterway and all the action below in Pompano Beach Fishing Village. The property also offers 3,5000 square feet of meeting space.

Kimpton Goodland Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Beach room

Kimpton Goodland Hotel - Fort Lauderdale Beach opened in April 2021 at the location of the former and historic Escape Hotel. The Goodland offers a tucked-away oasis of lush greenery and tropical landscaping paired. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Botanic at The Kimpton Goodland Hotel serves up bold, healthful and eclectic flavors that feature local ingredients and Latin and Caribbean influences. The adjacent, pool-side Good Bar continues the good vibes but with a decidedly more relaxed scene. Set amongst lush landscaping, this secluded outdoor bar and lounge features a concise menu of shareable plates and lighter fare with a beverage menu featuring gin and tonics, inventive frozen drinks and patio-perfect white and rosé wines.

AC Sawgrass

AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Sawgrass Mills/Sunrise opened in March 2021, located adjacent to Sawgrass Mills mall and steps away from the BB&T Center. The eight story hotel is the first new hotel opening in Sunrise, FL in the past 15 years. The European style designed hotel features 174 stylishly sleek guest rooms, a lavish onsite lounge, and a lustrous rooftop bar called Horizon Bar and Lounge, which  can accommodate up to 300 guests for a reception. The hotel is equipped with 1,940 square feet of indoor space, including a meeting room with floor to ceiling windows and an adjacent outdoor terrace. The hotel specializes in European style breakfasts, Spanish style tapas, local craft beer and specialty cocktails. 

Fort Lauderdale Courtyard Downtown

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown opened in March 2021, bringing 137 rooms in to the trendy, arts-oriented Flagler Village section of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Features include a state-of-the-art lobby, two meetings rooms with a total of 2,300 square feet of flexible meeting space. The hotel also features The Easton, a rooftop venue with a pool. 

Cambria Fort Lauderdale Hotel room

Cambria Hotel Lauderdale Beach opened in January 2021. The 104-room hotel offers ocean views, a meeting room, coffee bar, pool deck and fitness room. 

Hotel Maren

Hotel Maren Fort Lauderdale Beach, a Curio Collection by Hilton opened its doors in January 2021 on A1A overlooking Fort Lauderdale beach. The stunning 229,000 square feet, 12-story hotel features 141 luxurious resort rooms, oversize balconies and breathtaking ocean views. Amenities include a VIP lounge, Ocean Club, 5th floor pool and pool bar, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The ground floor centerpiece restaurant Riviera features coastal Italian cuisine with Mediterranean influences by celebrity chef Fabio Viviano, known for his turn as a “Top Chef” contestant.

Tru by Hilton Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Tru by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale-Downtown Flagler Village opened in November 2020. The dual-branded property has 112 Tru guestrooms and 106 Home2 Suites guestrooms. At 19 stories high, the hotel features two distinctive lobbies – each of which has its own breakfast bar, lounge, and other brand-specific amenities. The property also offers an outdoor pool deck complimented by an outdoor bar, a fitness center, and 4,843 square feet of private event and conference space.  

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Deerfield Beach Boca Raton opened in November 2020 with 101 rooms, located midway between the beautiful sands of Deerfield Beach and its International Fishing Pier and the expansive Quiet Waters Park.

New Transportation

Seabreeze Tram

The City of Fort Lauderdale's Seabreeze Tram now offers beachgoers convenient, free transportation between the Las Olas Parking Garage and the Las Olas Oceanside Park. The scenic 1-mile Seabreeze loop will make for an exciting and fun day at the beach for residents and visitors alike. 

New Attractions

Young at Art

Young At Art Museum has opened its first YAA NOW Gallery location at Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation. The gallery is currently exhibiting site-specific interactive art displays commissioned by acclaimed South Florida based artists, selected works from Young At Art Museum's permanent exhibitions, art on view from Miami Art Society and the annual showcase of the Broward Scholastic Art & Writing award winners for 2021. The interactive exhibition spaces will host a variety of exciting activities and learning through play opportunities.

Anna Sui at NSU Art Museum

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents a major retrospective exhibition of fashion designer Anna Sui through October 3, 2021. With over 100 looks, The World of Anna Sui explores the glamorous and eclectic world of one of New York’s most beloved and accomplished designers and invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft. 

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum​the first Caribbean heritage museum in the United States, is now open at the Westfield Mall in Plantation. The exhibition and event venue features a collection of artifacts, iconic and cultural relics and historical data representing South Florida’s Caribbean communities.

Art of Illusions, a 3D art museum, opened at Sawgrass Mills. The museum uses illusionary effects to create wild and amazing selfies.

New on the Dining & Entertainment Scene 

Sistrunk Marketplace exterior

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, a 24,000-square-foot indoor food hall, mixed-use event space and retail concept, opened in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk. The newly opened property features a myriad of food vendors including: Bronte Café, The Chop Shoppe, The Empanada Bodega, Fuoco Roman Pizza, Heavenly Raw, Hot Lime Craft Tacos and Ceviche, Kasai + Koori Asian Deserts, Needa’ Pita, Nellie’s Country Kitchen, OSOM Crepes, Poke OG, and Senbazuru Ramen. In addition, there are several private and shared event spaces; a DJ and production music academy – Wired Sound Academy, and a co-op style retail boutique – SistrunKollective. Shady Distillery and Khoffner Brewery are also now open inside Sistrunk Marketplace.

Credit Takato

Takato, a Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant, is now open in the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. Takato, meaning 'in a state of extreme happiness' in Japanese, features an upscale menu with sharable small plates and entrees with an emphasis on sushi. The kitchen is headed up by Executive Chef Taek Lee (Taka), former executive sushi chef at Zuma in Miami and former executive chef at Monkitail in the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood.

Nine01

901, a guest room converted into a secret speakeasy at the Hyatt Centric Las Olas Fort Lauderdale, offers private bookings for up to eight guests and is open Thursday - Sunday with two-hour seatings at 5:00, 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. The reservations-only spot features a swanky ambiance that transports guests to the roaring 1920s. Cocktails with names like ‘Late Check Out’ and ‘Center of Attention’ are complemented by a select menu of gourmet dishes by award-winning Chef Greg McGowan. 901 also features a bartender-in-residence program where it invites stand out mixologists from across the country to host pop-up activations and bring their signature cocktails to the space. 

Sushi Garage

Sushi Garage on Las Olas is a Japanese and traditional sushi restaurant. The 6,000 square foot restaurant offers 250 seats indoors and 92 seats outdoors. Drawing on inspiration from Asian flavors, the bar program at Sushi Garage is unique and flavorful while complementing the cuisine. Happy hour is available everyday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Bodega

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila Fort Lauderdale doubles as a fast-casual taco joint and a late-night speakeasy-style lounge. The front half of the venue is a taqueria featuring an authentic Mexican street food menu created by culinary director and Chef Bernie Matz. Guests order from a full-sized, retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned into a taco truck and then dine in the garage chic seating of picnic tables, neon bar stools, and graffiti walls. In addition to the regular menu, a weekend brunch menu is available. Inside the taqueria, a door leads guests to Bodega's late-night speakeasy, featuring an extensive cocktail menu and live music by local bands and DJs. 

Cuba Libre restaurant

The highly anticipated Cuba Libra Restaurant & Rum Bar opened on Las Olas Blvd. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The culinary program is led by two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot. While the restaurant’s design reflects the distinctive Old Havana district, its menus reflect the cuisine served today in Cuban paladares throughout the island – chef crafted versions of its traditional cuisine and modern Cuban food. Covering 9,200 interior square feet with seating for 250, the restaurant features dramatic interior and exterior theming with its centerpiece being an exhibition style wood-burning Latin Grill & Chef’s Counter.

Twice Re,oved Interior
Twice Removed
, a French fries-centric gastropub and speakeasy-themed beer and cocktail bar, is now open in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly every dish features double fried French fries, such as truffle fries, yucca fries, and zucchini fries. Fries also take center stage with duck confit, ropa vieja and curry chicken.

Eatapas Bar
Eatapas
, a Spanish restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, serves tapas, paella and tableside sangria. Diners can enjoy live Spanish guitar music nightly except Fridays, when the dining room is filled with flamenco dancing.

Unit B Pembroke

Unit B Eatery + Spirits, a speak easy-themed bar and restaurant, has opened in Pembroke Pines. The tapas-style restaurant serves 30 cocktails.

Yeasty Brews

Yeasty Brews Artisanal Beers opened in Lauderhill. The craft brewery and restaurant offers small batch beers brewed with all-natural fruits, spices and herbs.

Sushi by Bou Beach Club

Sushi by Bou Beach Club is now open at the Marriott Residence Inn Pompano Beach. Just steps from the ocean, the restaurant offers the concept’s renowned omakase experience as well as an eclectic beach club menu perfect for a relaxed beachside experience. Encompassing 2,500 square feet, the new restaurant features the brand’s signature intimate “chef’s choice” omakase bar as well as additional indoor and outdoor seating featuring a la carte izakaya, sushi and maki menus. Izakaya, which translates to “sit drink shop”, is similar in style to British gastropub, or Spanish tapas; with a menu built for sharing. The guided Omakase menu is a spirited 12-course interactive journey though fresh, locally sourced and flown in fish.

Tulio's Tacos

Tulio's Tacos & Tequila Bar has opened in the heart of Wilton Manors. The vibrant Mexican style bar and restaurant features ceviche, chicken lettuce wraps, salads, bowls, burritos, burgers, and a variety of tacos such as lobster, cauliflower, mushroom, pork, steak, shrimp and grouper. Brunch fare includes lemon ricotta pancakes, crab tostada, breakfast burritos and more.

Salt7 restaurant opened at the Icon Las Olas. The restaurant also includes a 2,200-square-foot mezzanine with a VIP area and DJ booth. 

Eddie V's is now open on Las Olas Boulevard. The fine-dining restaurant serves prime seafood and steak, handcrafted cocktails, and live jazz  in the V Lounge.

Fat Tap Beer Bar, in Oakland Park, houses a craft-beer taproom and kitchen, and a 2,000-square-foot beer garden behind the warehouses connects to Fat Tap’s brewhouse.

Los Bocados, helmed by chefs Robby Bushman and Anthony Hoff,  has moved from inside a convenience store to its first brick-and-mortar store in Parkland. The menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-crafted tangy sauce and savory crema. Options include build-your-own tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, and salad or rice bowls The restaurant was featured in Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives" at its previous location. 

Hamburger Mary’s is now open on Wilton Manors Drive in Wilton Manors. In addition to 17 gourmet burgers, build your own burgers, appetizers, non-burger entrees, beer, wine, champagne, and a fun cocktail menu, the restaurant features a 21-and-older nightly drag bingo, drag queen revues and Sunday drag brunch.

Den Bar and Kitchen, a new gastropub in Fort Lauderdale, has opened in the downtown Himmarshee Village in Fort Lauderdale and features feature burgers, chicken wings, and other American pub grub. 

Pink Donuts & More, located in Oakland Park, offers donuts in 67 flavors, an assortment of Argentinian empanadas, croissants and other baked goods. The variety of donuts include vegan treats, sandwiches and even donuts that come with small dispensers ready to inject Malibu Rum, Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlua.

Vish, an "urban hummus bar" and kosher restaurant in Hollywood, serves up hot hummus dishes with a variety of tasty toppings, alongside fresh Yemen pita bread. Vish grinds fresh hot chickpeas in front of you in the open kitchen. The restaurant also features plant-based shakes.

Opening Soon 

No Man's Land

No Man’s Land – a refuge from the ordinary – will open in summer 2021. Brainchild of hospitality powerhouse Memphis Garrett of Garrett Hospitality Group and star of CBS’s Big Brother All Stars, the elevated, but never pretentious, vibey cocktail parlor and lounge will feature classic and craft cocktails and an array of small plates. Guests can expect the same meticulous execution that Garrett Hospitality is known for, served up in a sultry space with jewel tones, plush seating, dark woods, and ambient lighting. Dishes will perfectly complement the boozy libations and will include items such as deviled eggs with caviar, beef carpaccio and an array of unique dips & spreads and creative crudos.

The NOW Massage brings its popular LA massage concept to the arts-centric Flagler Village neighborhood in August 2021 when it opens its first South Florida location. The NOW Massage boutique reimagines the neighborhood spa with a clean, modern design and a focus on quality massages to facilitate relaxation and healing.

The Abbey, part restaurant and part nightlife/entertainment venue, opens in summer 2021 inside a transformed church in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Upon completion, The Abbey will feature a 220-seat, full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining and a event space.

Hillsboro Beach Resort

Hillsboro Beach Resort, a 99-room property on exclusive Hillsboro Mile, opens in fall 2021. With direct oceanfront access as well as Intracoastal dockage, guests can enjoy the waves roll in on the serene private beach, lounge at the resort pool, or enjoy watersports from the Intracoastal mooring. Enjoy custom cocktails and the freshest creations at the oceanfront restaurant ROI.

The Bite Eatery, the first food hall in Pompano Beach, opens in fall 2021 just a few blocks away from the beach and the Pompano Fishing Pier. The 250-seat venue will feature The Beach Bar, a central full-liquor bar, plus nine food vendors, including Jupiter Donuts, Casareccio Trattoria (Italian), Senbazuru (Japanese-Spanish fusion), Moop (sweets shop serving gelato, waffles and crepes), I Heart Mac & Cheese, Ceviche Time (Peruvian), The Lobstar (seafood), La Chancla (Mexican) and a New York-style deli.

On the Horizon

AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach

AC Hotels by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach opens in September 2021 just steps away from Sebastian Street Beach in Fort Lauderdale. The 171-room hotel will boast ocean views, an open kitchen for European-style breakfast and specialty culinary events, a library, an expansive resort-style pool with cabanas and dining services, and 1,000 square feet of meeting space.

International Swimming of Hall of Fame

The historic Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Center and International Swimming Hall of Fame complex, home to Florida’s first Olympic-sized swimming pool that opened in 1926, is undergoing a $46 million renovation and expansion that includes five swimming pools and support amenities that will welcome new generations of aquatic sport enthusiasts to sporting activities and competitions. A major highlight for the new venue is a 27-meter dive tower with springboards and nine platform levels. Visitors will be able to experience “Top of the Tower” tours with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale beach. Pools are projected to open in fall 2021 with expanded operations and meetings facilities opening in early 2022.

convention center rendering

The highly anticipated expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center is underway. The all-new Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center will be bigger and better with 1.2 million square feet of space, including 350,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. The new exhibit space opens fall 2021 with full completion anticipated in 2025. 

Four Seasons pool view

A new 23-story Four Seasons is anticipated to open in December 2021 with 130 guest rooms and 90 residences, two restaurants, a spa, fitness center, children’s recreation room, “Beach Butlers” and ballroom and meeting facilities.

Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina

Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, a South Florida icon for more than 50 years, is going through a total reimagination of the destination. Upon completion the hotel will have 376 guest rooms & suites, multi-level pool experience with family and adult areas, lobby lounge, Pier Top lounge, spa, fitness center, kids club, marina promenade and residential offerings. The hotel is officially closed, but the marina and Pelican Landing remain open, welcoming guests and boaters. Expected reopening 2023.

War Memorial rendering

The Florida Panthers organization's revitalization of the War Memorial Auditorium and construction of a new state-of-the-art practice and community ice facility in Fort Lauderdale is fully underway and slated for a summer 2022 debut. Upon its completion, the new ROSSETTI-designed 144,000 sq. foot sports and entertainment venue will house South Florida's first-of-its-kind ballroom-style concert and performance venue, capable of accommodating up to 3,800 people for intimate live music and events. The redesigned theater will carefully preserve the iconic War Memorial Auditorium's classic art-deco character, while new enhancements and technical upgrades will modernize the space to accommodate global tour productions and larger-scale events. The addition of a state-of-the-art practice facility will feature two regulation-sized indoor ice rinks, including a dedicated public rink that will host a robust variety of youth and adult hockey programs, public skating, and figure skating for community members of all ages.