Market 17 is one of my favorite wine Happy Hour places; has been since it opened two and a half years ago. Here’s what they do oh so right: All glasses of still wine are half price, in both the 3-oz and 6-oz pour which is offered daily from 4:30-7pm. The appetizer menu is also half price. Granted many places entice with a similar 50% discount but it’s the quality and the choices you have at Market 17 that make it standout from the rest.
Market 17′s Happy Hour is a sleeper hit. There are times when I’ve been there and you cannot get a seat at the bar, other times I own the place. Selfishly I prefer the latter but that doesn’t stop me from telling everyone about it, especially to those in my wine world. It’s probably one of the most popular announcements I make in my wine classes, especially to those who are prepping for a wine exam and need to taste a variety of wines. Look at the above photo. If a glass of wine is regularly priced at $5.50 at Happy Hour the price is $2.75; we’re not talking some mass marketed value wine here, we’re talking quality wines with worldwide diversity. Quite frankly this is what appeals to me most. Not sure what you’re ordering or how to order, just ask Alice the bartender for some guidance, she’ll hook up.
Lauren DeShields (Executive Chef) is in charge of the menu at Market 17, having honed her skills under the tutelage of Dean James Max and Paula DaSilva, DeShields is putting out some pretty fabulous food, like the Grilled Key West Pink Shrimp (pictured above) with Sticky Coconut Bamboo Rice, Shiitake Mushrooms, Shisito Peppers, and Glazed Peas. This was the dish we fought over at Happy Hour, me because of the rice, and he because of the shrimp. If you’re going to take advantage of the great wine pricing you’ve got to eat. 3 oz pours go down easy and fast and before you know it, you’ve tasted seven wines.
You’re not going to find mozzarella sticks, spinach dip and loaded nachos here. It’s all about farm-to-table creative food with an emphasis on flavor, freshness and prime sourcing [at Market 17]. Discounted menus at Happy Hour are a great way to try something new or experience something that might not otherwise be in your budget. For me, this visit to Market 17 was a launching pad for my Tuesday seminar, a wine tour of France. I specifically chose wines I had tried during my Happy Hour visit. You just never know when inspiration will strike. The menu and wine list changes regularly at Market 17, keeping it fresh and inventive; and keeping you, the guest coming back for more.
Market 17 1850 SE 17th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 954.835.5507