There are times in my life that I don’t understand how I did without Google Maps.
And I mean that when I need to try to find places that aren’t exactly easy to find. Sure, finding a strip mall off a major 6-lane artery is easy. Finding a place like Riverside Market in Ft. Lauderdale isn’t. It’s hidden in Riverside Park, an absolutely charming little neighborhood near downtown Ft. Lauderdale. It’s close to one of the many, many canals that exist in Ft. Lauderdale, but it takes tome driving around to find the place.
Riverside Market exterior.
It’s not much to look at on the outside, and I’m pretty sure it was a gas station in a former life. On the inside, however, it’s a craft beer lover’s dream.
Inside the Riverside Market.
The walls are covered in beer posters, beer flags, and (best of all) beer fridges. There are a LOT of them. And they have quite the impressive lineup of bottles. Local, domestic, imported, porter, IPA, pumpkin, fruit, sour, anything you want they have.
They also have about 12-15 taps, too. They pride themselves on having a good amount of local beers, and I had the Wynwood Brewing/Funky Buddha collaboration Right on 95 while I was there.
It’s self service, which blows my mind. Basically, grab whatever bottles you want, find one of the ubiquitous bottle openers from around the store, crack it open, and enjoy. There are tons of tables, couches, and benches all over the place, with the prerequisite board games all over the place.
What makes me happy is the beer cooler devoted exclusively to Florida beers. It’s nice to see businesses that focus on good quality Florida craft beers.
Riverside Market’s Florida beer cooler.
It’s not just beer. The back of the facility is devoted to an impressive kitchen, which has a pretty nice lineup of food, including pizza (a good handcrafted pizza with a craft beer is one of my favorite things in the world).
There’s a lot to drink there, and they have a good amount of rotation with their beers, especially taps. If you are anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale, you definitely owe it to yourself to come down.
Put it in your GPS, first.
Drink Florida Craft,