Taps Restaurant Bar & Lounge is the newest restaurant to hit the Himmarshee area in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you are having a quick business lunch, tapas with friends or a late night post-theatre snack, don’t even think of going there without trying Chef James DeVito’s signature dish, fresh Ahi tuna, mingled with fennel, sun-dried tomato, red onion and avocado, tossed with special chili oil and served on a crispy baked wonton.
With a quaint atmosphere that seats about 100, there’s a “pub-style” feel to it featuring a two-story beer wall that offers over 350 types of beer, (including 250 craft beers), over 60 wines on tap – 32 of which are by the glass.
Unfortunately, there is no local beer from our very own Funky Buddha Brewery, however, that could be forthcoming.
I am a self-proclaimed ice fanatic, as is my husband, to the point that we won’t even consider buying a refrigerator with an ice maker that produces half-moon shaped ice cubes. (They get stuck in the bottom of the glass then come crashing into your face splashing your drink everywhere) Block ice, shaved ice, cracked ice, you-name-it ice, it makes a difference in the drink. Taps has 1 1/4″ solid cubes for the perfect craft cocktail-a standout!
Sandwiches come wrapped in parchment paper, an old-time pub tradition.
The sausage is house-made as is the Gyro meat.
The average price for tapas, salads and sandwiches is around $12.00. Owners Elizabeth and James DeVito say “Every day is happy at TAPS”. With happy hour from 4PM to 6PM, they offer $1.00 off draft beer, $5.00 single-liquor cocktails and house wines, and a $5.00 happy hour food menu that includes bacon wrapped jalapenos, bruschetta, fresh-baked artisan pretzels and more.
Taps Restaurant Bar and Lounge is located at 330 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale and has locations in Tampa, Orlando and Naples.