Original Fat Cat's


320 SW 2nd St
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33312-1706
United States

(954) 467-5867 | map

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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

A fun dive bar with live music. Good beer, plastic cups, relatively cheap. It can get a little rowdy and smoky at night but during the day/early evening it is pretty great.

Apr 28, 2015
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GojiraST from Florida

4.92/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great locals hangout with great beer selection at great prices, and live music every night. No cover charge. What could be better?

May 30, 2016
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CBrodbeck from Florida

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Sep 05, 2015
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charlienyc from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Jan 08, 2014
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jcb7472 from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I have been to Fat Cats many times and agree with the other reviews. Great craft beer selection, laid-back vibe, good service and live music. The only things I wanted to add was that it's kind of a hippy/stoner hang-out. You will see some WDWDs (White Dudes With Dreads) there. It's also very smoky inside. A lot of the live bands they get there are reggae bands. None of these are deal breakers for me - I actually love reggae music - I'm just sayin. Last thing on a more positive note - the prices they charge for craft beer are a great value for this area. Most bars in Fort Lauderdale charge a dollar or two more for these same beers, so Fat Cats is not only a place where you can find quality beer on this strip of bars, but they are also cheaper than most. Double bonus.

Jan 21, 2013
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dbarron59 from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Tried this based on others' recommendations, and found it to be what was promised - an excellent source of good craft beer with great service from Don, who takes great pride in what he is building (and whose business card labels him "Happy Hour Specialist"). About 18 taps, with one cask (he happened to have Victory Storm King on cask which is rare outside of the Philly area). A decent bottle collection, as well, and since I arrived early when no one else was there, Don even gave me a tour of his Keg and bottle coolers. A great "dive" bar with good beer selection in the midst of mediocrity. A definite try.

Mar 08, 2012
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jp11801 from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Update: still a great place to grab a beer in this part of town but the driving force behind the beer selection and quality has moved on to a local brewery. So still recommended but likely not the same

I really like Fat Cats and have been here both during the day when it is chill and at night to see live music. Both experiences are great.

They get some very good beer and have some well selected taps as well as a decent bottle selection. I've had some fairly bought to find drafts here.

Service has always been friendly and knowledgeable even at night when they are busier.

Atmosphere is dank bar black walls and such but during the day you can sit and the bar or outside and watch people go by as you drink a great beer. This place and Rok Burger make this strip a great place for a beer fan to visit.

Dec 18, 2011
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hmf05 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The only bar in Downtown Ft. Lauderdale that I actually enjoy going to. The beer selection is pretty decent. They have Arrogant Bastard, DFH, and other "big" name craft beers. I really enjoyed the ambiance. It's pretty dark, but not too noisy and the people are generally nice. They have a few old arcade games, a pool table, and live music. If you're downtown and looking for a bar that serves something other than BMC, check out Fat Cats. Overall, a positive experience and I will be returning in the near future.

Oct 21, 2011
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hopfiend666 from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Fat cats is a fun bar, with a dark gloomy atmosphere, but comes alive with great musical acts almost everyday of the week. The beer selection is above average thanks to Don who lobbied to get great beer on tap/bottles. This is the only place to go if you want to find great beer and service at a bar in fort lauderdale. You can also find here flat screen tv's, a full bar, a small stage, a great mix of music, skateboard decks on the walls, a bunch of knick-knacks, and a sword signed by david carradine.

the staff is friendly and know a lot about beer and drinking. Ask for Don about the beer selection.

Jul 03, 2011
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adkirkish from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

As a resident of Ft Lauderdale, it can be hard to find a decent craft beer on draft. You definitely need to know where to look, and this would be my first choice for this city, and the only one that I know of.

The beer selection is great for this area and they have a (craft beer) bottle list as well (Not the $100 vodka or something something that other downtown bars do nowadays). The staff here are friendly and I've never had any complaints about service, price, etc.

Theres a good line up of bands who come into play. The decor is black, more black, and some skateboards that line the walls. Funky posters etc.

If you're in the mood for a bar with laid back vibe, good craft beer, this is where I would go.

May 26, 2010
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TonyReaves from Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

After wandering Fort Lauderdale while my fiance was busy at her internship, I found this after nearly giving up hope of finding a decent watering hole downtown.

Great selection, friendly people, and a great tap list. They have an updated sheet every month with what's available in bottles, categorized in whatever arbitrary way they decided on that month.

Go early in the evening and you'll meet Don, who picks out the beer list and is always looking to turn you on to a new beer. There's always plenty of Lagunitas, Penn and Oskar Blues there. On tap, you've got standbys like Dogfish and Rogue, plus a brown ale by a Florida brewer and a local pear cider that was a perfect refresher on a hot Florida afternoon. Plus Shipyard Old Thumper on cask. The best, and what everyone should seek out if in South Florida, is the Belgian-style Holy Mackeral, and it's dark ale cousin, Mack in Black. That stuff kills.

Good prices. It's not the Publick House, and the clientele aren't generally BA-types- it's just a laid-back Florida watering hole and an oasis for BAs who find themselves down there. Plus, it's kind of cool to see Don work: 'No, we don't have Blue Moon, but try this. You might like it more.'

One time I dropped my debit card behind the footrest at the bar. This other guy I'd just met disassembled the footrest to help me get it out. Of course, I paid his tap up to that point on my way out the door. The next time I was in, Don was joking about it. It's that kind of place.

May 18, 2009
Original Fat Cat's in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Place rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 11 ratings