Bar Hop Through Diplomat Beach Resort's Fall Happy Hours
With a total of 10 dining outlets on property—many of which are new or completely transformed—the relaunched Diplomat Beach Resort has quickly become a foodie haven here in South Florida, and we’ll be honest, when we’re given so many restaurant options, it’s hard to choose just one.
Luckily, Diplomat’s daily happy hours make it so that you don’t have to. Here’s how to hop your way through happy hour at the Hollywood beachside hotel.
Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Deal: $5 draft beer, wine, well liquor and select sides
Seasonal Special: Football beer buckets and platters on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
Buckle down for an indulgent happy hour of American comfort food classics, including double bacon beef sliders; smoked chicken wings; local fish dip; mac and cheese tots; and loaded Hollywood fries with chili, pepper jack fondue, bacon and ranch. Eat as much as you’d like because it’s all $5. Draft beers, wine and well liquors are also $5 so you can drink to your heart’s content.
Bristol’s Burgers is a sweet spot to catch the big game. This football season, the burger joint is offering bucket of beer specials ($25 for six cans or $30 for bottles) and sharable party platters on Monday and Thursday nights, as well as during Saturday and Sunday games. For just $20, you and your friends can enjoy a taste of Bristol’s Hollywood fries, wings, tots and sliders.
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.8760; bristolsburgers.com
Happy Hour: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Deal: $5 beer, wine and bruschetta
Seasonal Special: Sunset Sessions weekly music series on Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bask in the breeze that we’re finally feeling this fall when you head to Portico at Diplomat Landing. The casual beer and wine garden overlooks the Intracoastal, a setting that was clearly made for happy hour. Meaning “porch” in Italian, Portico makes you feel like you’re hanging in a friend’s (stunning waterfront) backyard with its patio-style seating of wooden benches and Adirondack chairs. During happy hour, munch on $5 bruschetta toasts with gourmet toppings like porchetta with lemon and charred escarole; eggplant Milanese with roasted peppers, arugula and ricotta; or Philly roast pork with grilled broccoli and provolone, and pair it with tap beer or wine specials.
On weekends, Portico extends the afternoon affair well into the evening with Sunset Sessions, a weekly music series taking place every Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sit back and relax as a DJ spins tropical, electronic and Latin tunes for a chill evening on the Intracoastal. Plus, you can play outdoor lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga.
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.8761; porticohollywood.com
Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily
Deal: $2 oysters, raw bar specials, $7 wine, $4 beers and $7 cocktails
Seasonal Special: $89 all-you-can-eat stone crabs
Want to eat at a “Food Network” star’s restaurant without breaking the bank? Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal hosts a daily Oyster Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring $2 East Coast oysters and other favorites available at the raw bar, main bar or lower terrace. The Iron Chef’s coastal American restaurant, which opened earlier this year, brings tropical South Florida indoors with its retro-chic setting highlighted by plenty of indoor foliage and sand-colored wicker seating. While we’ll admit you’ll likely want to make a full evening of your visit, happy hour is a great opportunity to get a taste for some of the eatery’s more unique dishes—for instance, Point Royal’s avocado toast, which is actually topped with spicy tuna tartare ($6 during happy hour)—at a time when everything on the menu is under $10.
Included on the happy hour menu are raw bar essentials such as hand-shucked oysters with fennel chili mignonette ($2), blue crab claws ($5), Florida pink shrimp ($3) and littleneck clams ($1.50), as well as amazing deals on other raw fish preparations: yellowfin tuna tartare ($7), ceviche with lime and passion fruit ($5) and hamachi crudo with green apple and cranberry relish ($6). For the raw averse, however, happy hour also features a handful of items from the kitchen, including crab croquettes ($7), the Oyster Po’ Boy with jalapeño mayo ($6), Point Royal’s Ugly Burger ($9) and steamed mussels in white wine, garlic and Dijon mustard ($8). Wash it all down with a $7 hand-crafted cocktail, such as rosé sangria or Tequila Sunrise, $7 wine by the glass or $4 bottled craft beer.
Considering staying for dinner? Consider it a must. Now that stone crab season has officially started, the seafood restaurant is offering all-you-can-eat claws for $89.
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood; 954.602.8750; pointroyal-fl.com
Photos courtesy of Diplomat Beach Resort