Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County

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Todd Roller
Sometimes you just want to go where everyone knows your name; that safe, familiar dive where the drinks are cheap, the lighting is low, and you can always get away with wearing sandals and a T-shirt with stains on it. Because the only thing anyone cares about at a dive bar is shootin' the shit, knocking back the next cold one, and letting the world outside the grime-coated walls melt away.

When you can't be bothered by things like mixology or a button-down shirt, a good dive will always be there to help raise your spirits and make you feel really great about yourself afterward. Thankfully, here in South Florida, no matter where you are, there are probably at least five dive bars in a mile radius. To make your life easier, we've compiled a list of the top ten near Fort Lauderdale.

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- 10 Best Hipster Bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Top Ten Bars to Find a Sugar Mama in Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach County

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10. Bimini Bay Bar
As far as dives go, this place might be more than some bargained for. There's a reason this place has no windows. If you can't handle the occasional porn playing on the TV or bartenders sporadically taking out their tatas, Bimini Bay Bar's probably not for you. But for fans of this notorious spot in Fort Lauderdale, these are huge selling points. Along with 2 buck brews and attentive service, the raunchy antics at Bimini Bay Bar more than make up for the fact that the cash-only watering hole only serves beer, wine, and sake.

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Ian Witlen
9. Play by Play
Play by Play in Pompano Beach has everything you could want in a dive bar, and some things you didn't know you wanted but will love anyway. A sport fanatic's home-away-from-home, Play by Play offers you all your favorite teams playing at your booth's personal hi-def TV, food served up til close, a stripper pole, every game under the sun, and live music with a punk edge or country twang. It even has its own liquor store attached to the side, because nothing goes better with sports and alcohol than more alcohol.

See also
- Photos: Boise Bob and His Backyard Band Benefit @ Play By Play, June 23

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Location Info


Bimini Bay Bar

412 SE 32 St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Play By Play

440 S. Cypress Road, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Music

Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Elbo Room

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

Category: Music

PRL Euro Cafe

1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Dirty Blondes

229 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

The Historic Downtowner

10 S. New River Drive E., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

The Dive Bar

3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Original Fat Cat's

320 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Omar Gamez
Omar Gamez

Matthew Faciana there's a few on here that need visiting..

Ashley Roehrig
Ashley Roehrig

I have, in fact, been to all of them. New times always trying to ruin the hideaways. Although I would not consider any of those besides andys and bimini a real dive bar due to popularity. I am happy the left my favorite real dive bars off the list. We should plan a day and I will take you to my favorite top ten real dive bars of broward

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

Should have subbed Poor House for Fat Cat's.

Gina Patsy
Gina Patsy

Ashley Roehrig I feel like this list needs to be your next conquest although most you've prob been too

Stephen Raysor Chowaniec
Stephen Raysor Chowaniec

PRL is amazing. Did everyone forget about the dirty blondes bouncers, though? Assaulting people?

Timothy Summers
Timothy Summers

Francis Xavier McDonough III congrats on #1 dive bar.

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