Top Ten Dive Bars in Broward County

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Ah, the dive bar. Some might think the term is an insult, but we mean it as a compliment - an endearment, really. Basically, it refers to any establishment where the cigarette smoke obscures your view of the aging barkeep, fights break out at 2 a.m., the jukebox plays only country or old rock classics, and red-faced patrons stumble in and out according to the after-hours sign on the door. And everyone's favorite slogan is "It's 5 o'clock somewhere." It's that grungy, comfy home away from home where everybody knows your name.

All these things -- and more -- are what makes for an unforgettable and (best of all) inexpensive night out. And this list is a lineup of all those places that help give Fort Liquordale its alter-ego name. Cheers to our list of the top ten dives in Broward County.

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10. Grady's Bar
One of the oldest locals spots around, this is a no-frills kind of place with just one pool table, a pinball machine, and an old jukebox that still plays CDs. Standing at Andrews Avenue and Ninth Street, it's the type of spot known for attracting a good neighborhood crowd. And because the place has been around so long -- since 1940 -- the bar has become a favorite for quite a few generations of South Floridians who can appreciate the bar's old Fort Lauderdale "charm." Speaking of charm, we especially like that the bathrooms are located in the center of the bar, just in case too much cheap beer too fast does you in early. Here, a burger and fries will run you about $3.50, a draft beer less than $2. Sitting next to a toothless old man on a rickety wooden barstool? Priceless.

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9. Dirty Blondes Sports Bar
After a bit of a face-lift and the addition of a few new flat-screen TVs, Blondies is back as Dirty Blondes, the new face of the old favorite dive bar on Fort Lauderdale beach advertising "The World's Longest Happy Hour" from noon to 10 p.m. daily. Dirty Blondes might also have the world's longest bar. It spans the entire reach of the place, 30 chairs long, and stops just short of a backroom that offers pool (it's free to play on Friday), darts, and a pinball machine. The best seat in the house is up front, where the entrance opens to offer a fresh-air view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Fort Lauderdale boardwalk off A1A. Dubbed a sports bar, it's a favorite among locals thanks to 50 flat-screen TVs, a basic selection of $3.75 well drinks, and 99-cent domestic draft beers. There's no food, but the crowd and bartenders -- and the deals -- make up for it.

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Grady's Bar

905 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Dirty Blondes

229 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Kim's Alley Bar

1920 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Red's Bar and Package Store

2610 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL

Category: Music

Flossie's Bar and Grill

3985 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Ocean's Eleven Lounge-South

800 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL

Category: Music

The Dive Bar

3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Greenbrier Restaurant

1100 S. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Elbo Room

241 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

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5 comments
frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

ms nicole danna probably is a rookie and with little REAL experience so many REAL dive bars have been omitted....................one especially is BIMINI BAY (which i am very familiar with,  it's history, and acquainted with one of it's owners)

of course i realize typically advertisers or potential advertisers are the MAIN story with these PUFF pieces which are not intended to be either factual or well researched and ms danna has no REAL future as a trusted and reliable source but makes a great cheerleader type for the tourists and visitors with FAKE reporting.........obviously this rag is NOT the NEW YORK TIMEs

no matter really................just like most stuff here in ft liquordale..........home of sunny skies and shady people

Jessica Chesler
Jessica Chesler

If you fail to mention Bimini Bay in a list of top dive bars, you haven't done your research.

jessicamchesler
jessicamchesler

Any time you fail to mention Bimini Bay as the ultimate diver bar, you failed to do your research.

Greg Tarpley
Greg Tarpley

Well, at least The Elbo Room made the list...and Blondie's. Where's King's Head Pub and The Kalahari Bar though?

John Pearson
John Pearson

How did Bimini Bay not make the list? Oh yeah, if I gave you directions you still couldn't find it. Still the best Dive Bar in Broward.

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