Copacabana Supper Club Brings Rat Pack Glam to Fort Lauderdale

By Vanessa Martin

Downtown Fort Lauderdale is about to get retro-glam with the opening of Copacabana Supper Club. The iconic New York City nightclub opened its doors in 1941 and was deemed “The hottest spot north of Havana.” With Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin topping the list of frequenters, the club is synonymous with the elegance and glam of the ’50s and ’60s. Seventy years later, the Las Olas district of Fort Lauderdale is welcoming its very own Copacabana, marking the first ever location outside of NYC.

The 12,000 square foot space will feature, two upper-level VIP areas, a private party room, dance floor, and a stage for a line-up of live performances. As for the decor, the club will remain true to the traditional Copa-style (think palm trees lined around the grand stage and banquet seating all around) but with a fresh take.

“We contracted one of the top designers in the country, Darren Boerckel to create a modern day Supper Club/Deco feel,” says John Cestare, the club’s head consultant.” We took some of the old attributes from the original Copacabana from the 1950s and mixed it in with a modern day feel. The rooms are filled with vibrant colors and original pictures from the Copacabana, NY.”

Before shimmying your way over to the dance hall, make sure to stop by Lola’s cocktail lounge, where the specialty cocktail menu features classics with names like including the Copa Caipirinha, Miranda-Rita, Cha Cha Caipiroska, and Havana Punch.

This Friday and Saturday, Copacabana will be celebrating its grand opening with live performances by Grammy Nominated Artist Tomasito Cruz & His Timba All Star Band, legendary artist Jose Alberto, a live DJ. Patrons can expect nightly performances by the Copa Girls, too. The dancers clad in flashy, glamourous costumes are sure to add an air of Carmen Miranda chic.