Sidelines Sports Bar II, a new establishment in Downtown Hollywood, is a sports lover's paradise.
Inside the 6,000-square-foot full-service bar and restaurant at 1832 Harrison Street, patrons can catch all the sports action on 26 65-inch state-of-the-art high-definition screens, shoot some pool, and enjoy food and beverages served by friendly staff in black-and-white striped referee shirts.
Sidelines Sports Bar II co-owners and longtime good friends Laurie Whittaker and David Feinberg, who opened their new venture May 3, are a winning team.
Whittaker is a former waitress and bartender and an attorney who has owned and operated several successful businesses over the last 30 years, including the original Sidelines Sports Bar that operated in Wilton Manors from 2006 to 2015. Feinberg, who has more than 25 years of management experience in the financial services and hospitality industries, serves as general manager of Sidelines Sports Bar II, a position he also held at the original Sidelines.
That establishment's popularity is evident from the number of familiar faces at Sidelines II.
"The old customers are coming in," said Feinberg. "They love the place, and they're happy that we serve food, which we didn't have in Wilton Manors."
The June 7-8-9 grand opening weekend will feature DJ Flash, as well as food and beer tastings, drink specials, giveaways and Sunday brunch that includes unlimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys.
"Sidelines is a great new addition to Downtown Hollywood," said Todd Delmay, President of The Hollywood LGBTQ Council. "Our members are confident that Downtown Hollywood will attract more new investment by elevating the voices, perspectives and presence of LGBTQ people and their businesses."
Whittaker and Feinberg included some of their own recipes on the extensive menu, which features items with fun sports-theme names and is divided into catchy categories: Pregame, 1st Quarter It's a Wrap, 2nd Quarter, Undercard Salads, and 4th Quarter The Main Event.
Pregame selections include Rugby Skins ($8), or loaded baked potato halves, and the Kick Off Egg Roll ($9). Among the It's a Wrap sandwich choices are Knockout Chicken Caesar ($10.25) and Face Off Portobello ($9.50). 2nd Quarter sandwich options include The Tampa Bay Shuffle ($12.50), an 8-oz. burger with bacon, avocado, fried eggs and bleu cheese. Primetime Prime Rib ($26 8 oz., $29 12 oz.) is a Main Event standout. There's also a Little League menu for kids.
Sunday brunch, served from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, offers a choice of waffles with chicken strips, French toast, omelettes, scrambled eggs or eggs Benedict for $14.95 – or $22.95 with unlimited mimosas and $25.95 with unlimited Bloody Marys.
"Everything is fresh and made on site," Feinberg said. "We also pride ourselves on customer service and cleanliness."
Specials at Sidelines II include In the Biz Night on Mondays (half-price beverages with ID and proof of employment), Twisted Taco Wednesday (3 chicken tacos for $6, 3 mahi for $7, 3 beef for $8) and Grab Some Balls Thursday (open pool all day and half-price cocktails till 8 pm).
Feinberg and Whittaker, who lives in Hollywood, found just the right location for Sidelines Sports Bar II in the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district.
"We like the fact that Hollywood is growing and things are changing, especially with all the redevelopment," Feinberg said.
Sidelines Sports Bar II is open daily from 11:30 am to 2 am. For more information, call 954-589-2467, or visit SidelinesSportsBarII.com or facebook.com/Thenewbarintown.