Kids, crappy cars and low budgets are only some of the reasons not everyone can make it to the Key West Brewfest or Timbaland's ritzy LeSutra weekend at the Fontainebleu in Miami Beach.
But that's just as well. The trusty local hot spots are going to make sure you don't feel like you missed out on that costly, extravagant outing. Here are our top picks in bars' Labor Day parties and specials, including different joints for maximum vibe diversity.
American Social's End of Summer White Party
The guys who introduced Las Olas to craft beer for the lazy drinker -- poured straight from tabletop taps -- are throwing the classic Labor Day soiree: the White Party. AmSo's "Sunday Fun Day" starts with brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, featuring $5 Bloody Marys and $3 mimosas.
Live bands will play from 6 to 9 p.m., and DJ Esp is set to spin from 10 p.m. to close. Starting at 9 p.m., drink specials include $5 calls -- a mix of Bacardi, Jim Beam and Svedka -- $6 premium mixed drinks and $7 for top shelf liquors, and wines and American drafts get $2 knocked off the price.
American Social, 721 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
Labor Day Weekend at Sandbar
This beachy joint is going for an all-weekend raver, starting with the Divas of Drag and the Cupcake Burlesque on Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. and midnight. On Saturday, DJs will rotate among the rooms starting at 2 p.m. with DJ Robert, then a bit of karaoke, followed by Sucker Punch and DJ Dani Foxwell on the rooftop at 10 p.m. Sunday has much of the same flow, but some new DJs, and the party starts at 2 p.m. For the closing night, Jason Webb of the Caribbean Chillers will be live from 3 to 7 p.m., playing Jimmy Buffet tribute tunes.
Sandbar Fort Lauderdale, 900 Sunrise Lane, Fort Lauderdale
Labor Day Funk Fest at Native Florida Tap Room
Native is where the live music is at this Labor Day weekend: Albert Castiglia, Roosevelt Collier and Julius Pastorius are only some of the great bluesy rockers taking the stage on Sunday. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the first act goes on at 5 p.m., but there will be a $10 cover, so come prepared.
Native Tap Room, 2006 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Labor Day Jam at the Meyer Amphitheater
It's time to rock steady in West Palm Beach when Toots and the Maytals play South Florida's first Summer Jam on Monday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Before then, we recommend checking out B-Liminal Saturday at 2:15 p.m. -- there's almost a Bradley Nowell quality there -- and Jacksonville country rock and soul brothers JJ Grey and Mofro at 6:30 the same day. The Rootz Underground, Ky-Mani Marley, Shaggy, and the Supervillians also play Monday before Toots. Tickets cost $30 for a one-day pass and $50 for both days.
Labor Day Summer Jam, Meyer Amphitheater, 104 Datura St., West Palm Beach
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