Tucked away, close to many Fort Lauderdale Homes, on the Intracoastal is where you will find one of the best-kept local secrets of Fort Lauderdale.
Opened since the early 70’s, Southport Raw Bar has become a staple of Fort Lauderdale with the locals, and tourists that are lucky enough to find this little slice of raw bar paradise. Sitting out on the back deck overlooking the water, with live music and a cold drink in your hand- you’ll feel like you are in a place far away from the city and other Fort Lauderdale Homes! I love everything about this hot spot- from the views of the sailboats and yachts to the amazingly fresh seafood served with a smile. I was lucky enough to find out about this Fort Lauderdale dive bar from a local that grew up in town. After one visit, I was ‘hooked’! I have celebrated every birthday since I have been living in Fort Lauderdale at Southport Raw Bar.
Many places around town are known for the atmosphere or the food – there isn’t too many that really can combine both! Not to mention the service is spectacular – whether I sit at the raw bar or out on the back patio.. it is always service with a smile. The restaurant has two raw bars- a dining room and outside seating. They are boater friendly with boat slips right out from the back patio!
Many guests travel from their Fort Lauderdale homes to this hot spot.
The inside definitely has that old time feel; decorated with memorabilia from decades of the beach lined city. Look up to find individually painted ceiling tiles boasting some of the local businesses in the area.
What to eat? Everything! I have not been disappointed with the options at Southport Raw Bar. They even have their own grill outback for flame broiled burgers and hotdogs. I can’t stop in without ordering their peel and eat shrimp to start- doused in old bay seasoning. We like to keep the food (and sometimes the drinks) flowing while visiting Southport! Peel and eat shrimp- steamed clams- raw and baked oysters are normally some of our top choices for appetizers. One of my favorite entrees is the mussels – when they ask what sauce you would like, make sure to try ‘half and half’ (a little secret I have found- also try this with their soup). Regardless of what you pick from the menu, you are sure to not be disappointed! I always leave Southport Raw Bar in Fort Lauderdale relaxed, smiling, and full-
How to get there by boat:
The Southport sits at the end of the 15th street canal, which can be accessed from the Intracoastal Waterway one canal north of the 17th Street Causeway bridge. You can usually find an empty slip to park your boat.
How to get there by car:
Southport Raw Bar is a block north of the 17th Street Causeway on Cordova Road, next to Brownie’s Dive Shop. (how appropriate!)
*Parking Tip* Parking can sometimes be a challenge (this is the case for many hot spots in the Fort Lauderdale area). There is parking out front of the restaurant, but you can go a half-block south, turn east onto SE 16th Street and you will find Southport’s “hidden” parking lot. The path to Southport’s outdoor deck is at the end of the alley.