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Best New Bar in Broward Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2007 - Dirty Blondes

Dirty Blondes

Dirty Blondes

229 S. Atlantic Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


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We know, it used to be Blondies on the Beach. And not much other than the 50 upgraded plasmas TVs has changed here at this bar on one of the few historic blocks in Fort Lauderdale. It's back after a months-long closure — not the kind of door-slamming where old management screwed up and you could count on some new guy swaggering in and fixing up the joint. It was the kind of goodbye brought on by progress and developers who don't seem to give a whit about anything other than making the South Florida coastline along the Atlantic look like Boca Raton. And this five-acre strip was no different — at least until negotiations stalled. Partly because those developers are so uncaring and hard-knuckled, thousands more will get a chance to enjoy this old favorite in its new incarnation. Seems the buyout of the entire block — including the hallowed ground of the Elbo Room — got screwed up when not everybody could agree on the details needed to close the deal. At some point in our lifetimes, the entire block will likely still be cleared to make way for condominiums or hotels or mixed-use zoning something whatchamacallit. But in the meantime, pull up a chair out front or a stool at the bar and set your gaze on the ocean that's still right in front of you. This view still costs only the price of a beer. The pushy guys the new owners hired early on (the ones who rudely tried to pull you and your girlfriends out of the Elbo Room for a free shot at Dirty Blondes) aren't there anymore. And don't forget to head back to the game room (it's in the same spot in the back), shoot some pool, give your quarters to the Golden Tee, and drink until 4 a.m.
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Bartenenders and bouncers are rude and immature. They dont understand how to take care of people. I stiffed the bartender, which i have NEVER done in my life. EVER. Not sure what her story was, but she actually had the gaul to confront me. Not in a nice way either. Im in the biz for 20+ years. 5 star stuff. I know what service means. She was the MacDonalds of service. NEVER AGAIN and I am local!!


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