BarkYard n’ Brews is a downtown Fort Lauderdale dog park and beer garden. Dogs + beer = Why didn’t I think of that? Sometimes genius is that simple. Like the Klondike Choco Taco. And now the ongoing marketing bonanza of the maybe-maybe not demise of the Choco Taco. Genius.
On Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m., BarkYard n’ Brews will celebrate its first anniversary with food trucks, drink specials, DJs, raffles and pet vendors. If you haven’t been, this might be the time to check it out.
Once a morgue for unused boats and RVs among the warehouses in Dorsey-Riverbend — at 817 NW First Street, a few doors down from the popular Orchestrated Minds Brewing — BarkYard is an indoor-outdoor venue highlighted by a large turfed expanse where dogs play off-leash and romp on a water pad.
Access to the yard starts at $10 for a one-time daily membership, which includes giving them contact information for your veterinarian. Monthly membership is $30 ($15 per additional dog), with an annual package $275 (VIP $365).
Admission is free if you want to keep your dog on-leash in the beer-food area. It’s also free for those who don’t bring a dog at all. The indoor space has seating and a large TV.
Besides being a dog park, BarkYard is a well-stocked spot for beer, cider, seltzer, wine and cocktails. Prices range from $5 (Bud Light) to $10 (house sparkling rose).
You’ll find more than 10 beers on tap, including locals such as Barrel of Monks Brewing, Funky Buddha and 3 Sons Brewing (the tap marked BarkYard Pilsner is by 3 Sons, and it’s excellent), and more than 20 more in cans.
Fort Lauderdale residents Jared Cooper and Kendall Stempel have been regulars at BarkYard for the past few months, accompanied by Pancake. They are apartment dwellers and, after work, the 18-month-old French bulldog needs the release the park offers, says Cooper, 33.
And so do they —. maybe even without Pancake.
“It’s a huge serotonin spike, just laughing at all the silly dogs running around. After work, you get to come here and have dogs love on you. It’s pretty great,” says Stempel, 30, laughing.
BarkYard n’ Brews is open from 3 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Visit BarkYardNBrews.com.
‘Stunning’ sound: A steady drumbeat of critical praise precedes young singer Silvana Estrada’s arrival in South Florida this weekend — with the New York Times citing the “stunning, full-throated drama” of her voice on 2022 debut album “Marchita,” and radio host José Galván of KCRW in Los Angeles calling her “one of Mexico’s greatest young talents and vocalists.” Hear for yourself at 7 p.m. Friday at The Citadel in Miami’s Little River, a show presented by Escala Sonora in partnership with Tigre Sounds and The Rhythm Foundation. Tickets cost $55+. Visit Facebook.com/TheCitadelMIA.
Choco taco alert: Well-regarded Miami taco evangelist Eduardo Lara, also known as the Wolf of Tacos, is hosting a new pop-up series 5 p.m.-midnight every Friday at the Palm House, the Midbeach spot at 5101 Collins Ave. on Miami Beach. The Wolf of Tacos + Friends parties will feature the street-smart cuisine of Yakitori Boyz, Peacock Ramen, Chikin Boi and The Lazy Oyster, plus DJs, $5 beers, $10 margaritas and specialty cocktails (curated by Bar Lab) for $15. But perhaps most intriguing will be the debut of Wolf of Tacos’ version of the Klondike Choco Taco, which may or may not be a thing of the past. Visit PalmHouseMiami.com/siesta-club.
Weekend laughs: Actor-comedian Damon Wayans Jr. (you know him) performs Friday and Saturday at the Dania Improv in Dania Beach. Tickets: $30+ at DaniaImprov.com. Dusty Slay (you may not know his trailer-life comedy) is at the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach on Friday through Sunday. Tickets cost $22+ at PalmBeachImprov.com.
Free disco: A South Florida club owner who has hosted his share of classic-rock tribute bands once told me, in sort of a conspiratorial whisper, that the local throwback act that draws the most enthusiastic crowds at his place is the Original Studio 54 Band. You can see them for free at 7 p.m. Friday at downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Starlight Musicals (Parks.FortLauderdale.gov) and 8 p.m. Saturday at Rooftop Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood (HardRockNightLife.com).
Weekend cocktail: Seminole Casino Coconut Creek’s NYY Steak restaurant has rolled out a menu of three Derek Jeter-themed cocktails (pegged to the ESPN documentary, “The Captain,” not his uneven run leading the Miami Marlins). The lineup is: The Captain (Don Julio Blanco Tequila, citrus syrup, lime juice and Fever Tree Sparkling Lime & Yuzu soda; $16); Mr. November (Maker’s Mark 46, peach-infused amaro, apricot liqueur and peach syrup; $17) and DJ’s Choice (Bacardi Superior Rum, lime juice, mint syrup and housemade blackberry jam; $15). They will be available through the end of summer, about the time confused Yankee fans will really start drinking. Visit CasinoCoco.com.
Take the kids: Disney Concerts’ national tour of a sing-along version of the Oscar-winning animated hit “Encanto” hits iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets start at $20, when part of a lawn four-pack, at LiveNation.com.
Weekend sandwich: We don’t need to tell you that August is National Deli Month. Not the you should need much encouragement, but east Fort Lauderdale favorite Pomperdale A New York Deli, coming up on 50 years in business, is donating $1 from each August sale of its top-selling New Yorker sandwich (hot corned beef, hot pastrami, imported swiss and 1000 Island dressing; $17.99 or $22.99) to the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Visit PomperdaleNYDeli.com.
Feeling board? “Skateboarding Works” is an exhibit of upcycled skateboard decks presented by skate culture site Valet Goods at The Peach in West Palm Beach. Opening 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, the works will be up for a week, with all proceeds going to the Harold Hunter Foundation, named for the late New York skateboard icon and actor. Visit ThePeachWPB.com.
Paying tribute: The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton has the tribute band Doors Alive 9 p.m. Friday and Smokin’/Renegade, a tribute with separate sets of Boston and Styx hits, at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for each show start at $15. Visit FunkyBiscuit.com. … Carnival of Crue (Motley Crue tribute) and Cult Revolution (the Cult) are at Revolution LIve in Fort Lauderdale at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $15. Visit JoinTheRevolution.net. … Touch & Go (the Cars) plays a free show 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Mathews Brewing in Lake Worth Beach. Visit Facebook.com/mathewsbrewing.
Drinking with lifeguards: I don’t like to drink around Fort Lauderdale lifeguards, for obvious reasons (invariably we get to comparing six-packs in front of the ladies at the bar and it turns into a whole thing), but I’ll make an exception on Saturday at the World Famous Parrot Lounge. The iconic beach bar will host a fundraiser for the Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue Competition Team’s upcoming trip to Hermosa Beach, Calif., for the 2022 USLA National Lifeguard Championships. Tickets cost $20 and come with two drink vouchers, complimentary buffet and a raffle ticket (sweet prizes, including hotel stays, dinners and more). It starts at 7:30 p.m. Fellas, let’s keep our shirts on. For information, visit Facebook.com/phillip.mccrady.9.
The Weekender – South Florida Events
Get a roundup of the best events and things to do in South Florida so you can make it an epic weekend.
Garden of plenty: This week, I tripped across South Florida singer-songwriter-surfer Brett Staska’s gracefully twangy take on the Ricky Nelson classic, “Garden Party,” a study in understated warmth and respect for the original, with Staska’s halo of hair and Nudie-adjacent cowboy shirt calling to mind a young Gram Parsons. The video was recorded June 1 at Shade Tree Studio in Boynton Beach, with Kevin Maul (The Nouveaux Honkies) on slide guitar (video by Jakob Takos; audio by J.P. Pitts). Staska performs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Square in downtown West Palm Beach. He also has shows at 6 p.m. Friday at Twisted Trunk Brewing in Palm Beach Gardens and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Stormhouse Brewing in North Palm Beach. But I can’t Brightline to those. Visit Facebook.com/brettstaska.
Market report: The ladies of Sunny Side Up Market will host a new gathering of local creators and shoppers from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Easton Piazza, the ground-floor space at the Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Downtown in Flagler Village. The day begins with a free (donation-based) workout class from 11 a.m. to noon, and includes access to the Easton lounge’s rooftop pool and DJ. These Easton markets are scheduled every Saturday in August. Visit Facebook.com/sunnysideupmarketBGN.
Weekend brunch: The Water Taxi and Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale have partnered on a deal— do brunch at the waterside restaurant on Saturday or Sunday and you can purchase an all-day pass on the Water Taxi for $25 (ask your server). Use it right away, for a trip to, say, Las Olas Boulevard or Birch State Park (more refreshments at Park & Ocean, perhaps), or hold on to it. The pass is good for a year. Visit WaterTaxi.com.
The time of your life: Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale will host a sing-along, dance-along screening of the iconic Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey scorcher, “Dirty Dancing” at 7 p.m. Sunday. A pre-film reception at 6 p.m. will include cocktails and Catskills-inspired noshing. Period attire (1963 or 1987) will not be out of fashion. The night will be hosted and choreographed by local artist and “action figure” Bonnie Builder. Tickets cost $15 (free for FLIFF members). Visit FLIFF.com.
Return of Bumblefest: Tickets are on sale for the indie-music jamboree and street party known as Bumblefest, returning to multiple stages in the 500 block of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach from Sept. 2 to 3. The lineup of nearly three-dozen acts features national performers such as Spaceface, Cumgirl8 and The Stargazer Lillies, joined by locals including Matt Brown’s Soulfam, Nick County, Kenny 5 (Tuff Luck), The Basement Presents, Sandman Sleeps and the aforementioned Brett Staska. Tickets cost $20 per day, or $30 for a two-day pass. Visit Bumblefest.com.
FemAle Brew Fest is near: The annual FemAle Brew Fest — Frances Antiono Martineau’s celebration of women in the business and the beer they make — will return on Sept. 17 to The Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s hidden gem, North Beach Village. The open-air, pet-friendly event will feature more than 30 local and national beer and mead vendors, DJs and other attractions. Tickets cost $45+. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Fort Lauderdale-based Abandoned Pet Rescue. Visit FemAleBrewFest.com.
Staff writer Ben Crandell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow IG: @BenCrandell and TW: @BenCrandell.