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The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee Historic District is the oldest section of the commercial downtown. It includes early 20th century businesses located along the north and south sides of Himmarshee/Second Street. The district is bounded on the North by Broward Boulevard, the South by the New River, the East by the FEC railroad tracks and the West by SW 4th Avenue.

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Downtown Himmarshee Village is the thriving entertainment district in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. In the Village you will find unique locally-owned venues awaiting your arrival, each with its own character and charm. The Downtown Himmarshee Village Association is comprised of the Village’s bars, music venues, clubs, cafes and restaurants.  Adjacent to Fort Lauderdale’s cultural hub of the Historic District, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science and the Riverwalk linear park, Downtown Himmarshee provides the most diverse entertainment and cultural activities in the city.

Our Members:  America’s Backyard | Briny’s Irish Pub | Capone’s Fort Lauderdale | Cycle Party | Dicey Riley’s Bar | Ebar / Club 13 | Lucky’s Tavern | Himmarshee Public House | Off the Hookah | Original Fat Cats | Poor House | Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale | ROK:BRGR burger bar+ gastropub | Squiggy’s NY Style Pizza | Tarpon Bend | T-Mex Cantina

History:   Legend has it A-la-pa-taw, meaning “The Alligator Man,” sensed a strong earthquake was on the verge of erupting. People ran to their homes fearing the terror that might come. During the night, there were electrical storms, wind, violent and frightening rain— and ultimately— the giant earthquake. The next morning they noticed the world had changed. The dry land had been replaced with a crystal-clear river flowing to the sea. A-la-pa-taw named the river, Himmarshee, which some say means “New River.” – From Wikipedia