Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale might just be the result of a Sports Bar on steroids. Located on a prime spot on the Intracoastal waterway, Bokamper’s not only benefits from the overall huge size of the building, they easily have one of the largest waterfront bars in the area. Even if you are not a sports fan, you have got to check this place out.
The location is right on the Intracoastal on the beach side off Oakland Park Blvd.
Since it’s not directly on A1A, be sure to use your GPS if you are not familiar with the area. Parking is limited to valet, a steep $5 on the day we visited, but meter parking (cheaper) is very close by. Walking up you can see the huge size of this custom built building. The square footage alone puts all other sports bars in the area to shame.
Walking in, the place looks as big inside as outside. The ceilings are high and it’s very nicely decorated with TV’s EVERYWHERE. It’s very sleek looking with lots of grey and blacks with cool steel. In the center of the main room is the ‘main bar’. High tops tables fill in around it and it overlooks the huge patio and Intracoastal. The DJ booth is also located here and there was someone there spinning the music.
To the left of the main bar room is the sushi bar. More booths and another bar are connected to the sushi area, which was almost as large as the main room. The patio also had a main bar with lots of tables to enjoy the weather and view. There are so many TV’s here, there is no way you’d be able to miss any minute of the game and yes, there are even TV’s in the restroom, at least in the Men’s room.
We found a seat at the main bar inside and our bartender gave us menus right away. Domestic beer was the only beer special and my first craft beer pick was tapped out, so we were not that impressed on that front. We decided to start a ‘tab’ and unfortunately, Bokamper’s follows the ‘give us your credit card and we will return it when you cash out’ camp. In today’s sensitive data world, we were surprised to see this is still in practice. We also found it strange that they swipe the card into the system and yet still ‘hold on’ to it in a little box. If you swipe it, why hold it? Strange. The menu is actually quite large with lots of appetizers, burgers, flatbreads and main plates. The sushi and raw bar menu gives even more options, so anyone should find something to their liking here. We chose two items to share and our order came out in about 15 minutes.
Peel & Eat Shrimp ½ pound ($12.99). Served either warm or cold, they use Old Bay seasoning. We chose the warm option which might have resulted into the shrimp being a bit overcooked. About half of the shrimp had the ‘vein’ and not cleaned which was a little surprising. The seasoning was a little and bland and the butter was a little too much. Maybe the cold option would have been the better choice.
Bostromi Sliders 3 ($10.99). Warm Pastrami, caramelized onions and cole slaw on a fresh pretzel slider bun. These little sliders packed a ton of flavor and made up for the ‘so-so’ shrimp. The pastrami was deli fresh and you actually get a nice portion on each slider. The coleslaw was nothing new, but it worked well as a condiment. We would definitely order these again.
We really liked the look of Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill and would definitely return. Our server was good (if not laying on the politeness a bit thick) and our food had some bright spots. Wi-Fi is offered here and we found it to be very fast and this is the perfect spot for large groups with something for everyone.
Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill is located at 3115 NE 32nd Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL.