Where I Wend: Port Everglades

As an ex cruise-ship crew member I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped out into the industrial jungle of a ship port in a sea of containers, and wanted to walk right back onboard.

Where do I go?

What do I do?

All I want is wifi and a coffee beer.

cruise port chalmers

In Port Chalmers on my walk to Carey’s Bay Pub, a short but necessary walk away from the port.

So I’d like to begin a series in partnership with “Where I Wend,” that feature, in particular, haunts for crew (alright, anyone) to find solace. Expect lesser known hideaways and local gems, close to Port but far from the maddening crowd.


Everglades is one of the TOP 3 cruise ports in the WORLD. Not only does it service a slew of cruise ships over Caribbean sailing season, it also sees container ships and cargo ships year round. That is to say that the port is a large one with 33 slips. Still if you’re in Port your can’t be very far from Lauderale, a local micro-brewery nestled amongst the salvage warehouses surrounding the Port. It brews on location in their warehouse, and serves up cold ones in an open air causal refurbished warehouse environment. They also stock a few local favorites too like Funky Buddha from Oakland Park, and Cigar City brews from Tampa.

lauderale brewery port everglades

I recommend a flight, served with style in a salvaged propeller blade.

LauderAle Flight

Other small details should not be overlooked. Like the tap handles, a red and white striped grip harkening back to the iconic Port Everglades smokestacks that for so long characterized the skyline and sail-in. Demolished in July of 2013.

LauderAle MicroBrewery

Photo credit: Cruise Critic

Photo credit: Cruise Critic

Enjoy a brew in Lauderale. Tell me about your experience there, or of any other little Lauderdale gems I need to try next time I’m in Port.


Wednesday 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Friday 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This post totally open to contribution. Where do you go when you’re in Port Everglades?

About Kelsey

Kelsey is a dancer, wandering this world as performing artist and writing about it. She's skilled at forgetting her umbrella, getting lost, and eating too much cheese. Wend is her platform to share her nomadic lifestyle, and all the moments of beauty, grace, and hilarity that happen along the way. Join her as she finds her place in the world while dancing whenever she can.

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