YOLO Ft Lauderdale


Yolo which stands for ‘you only live once’ connotes precisely the ethos of this trend setting Ft ‘Lickerdale’ haunt. A restaurant, a lounge, a bar and, of course, a nightclub (the fantabulous VIBE) this vibrant hotspot draws in a good crowd on the weekends. ‘Little Miami’ is the nickname, and it is easy to see why. The entrance opens out into a red carpet of luxury Bentleys and Rolls’ alike, while the young business people of Lauderdale flutter socially around the bar. The difference is, unlike Miami, the crowd here are talkers; people getting to know other people.  If you care to join the line, the restaurant itself, which spills into the bar, is perhaps the best part of the establishment. Set under a canopy of fairy lights and lush trees, the restaurant manages to remain quaint yet trendy. The food is terrific, better than anything you could find on a Friday in Miami. Perhaps the greatest reason behind this is that the chefs ARE THE OWNERS. One can literally taste the effort they have put into cooking jalapeno stuffed cornbread, or the snapper on a bed of succotash (n.b. my personal ‘go to’s’ are the calamari and tuna sashimi – mouth watering….) Cocktails are punchy, presentation is on form, and service impeccable, considering how busy the place is. The popularity of YOLO evidently stems from being able to create the atmosphere of a chic Miami evening, but in the span of one building. Thus your night is taken care of….arrive, eat, drink and walk two meters to the nightclub. Then when you’re too intoxicated to drive yourself home, their ‘red cap’ service drives you home in YOUR car – for free. Ummm, sounds like a great Miami night without all the hassle of jumping up and down Ocean Drive. Its catching on fast, and citizens of Ft Lauderdale and Miami alike, know it. Drawing in a more intellectual crowd on regular basis, this is one place I would recommend going if you need a break from BIG Miami and just want to dip your toe in its ‘little’ counterpart. It might be smaller than the haunts of its neighboring city, but there is nothing small about the success of YOLO.



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