South Florida's Five Best Bars for Rockabilly Music

The author and Andrew Whiting give a beginner swing dance lesson at the Kreepy Tiki Bar on Rockabilly nights.EXPAND
The author and Andrew Whiting give a beginner swing dance lesson at the Kreepy Tiki Bar on Rockabilly nights.
Deborah Grillo

1. 4:30 Boardroom Bar
3343 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale; 727-466-7149.

Stop by the 4:30 Boardroom Bar on Saturdays and you’ll find rockabillies pulling up in their classic cars and trucks for the Vintage Car and Truck Night. Fridays are reserved for the vintage bikes. You’ll find live rockabilly bands and '60s surf rock blasting inside, as well as crowds of bikers, surfers, and swing dancers. At this beachy bar where surfboards, skateboards — really any kind of boards — line the walls, you can play a tune at the jukebox or dance to the local and out-of-town groups who frequent this retro hot spot. Slip and the Spinouts, Skinny Jimmy and the Stingray, and Joel DaSilva are frequent performers. Nothing frilly about the drinks here, but they have a good selection of beer on tap and plenty of different liquors to wet your whistle.

2. Poorhouse
110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-5145.

This dive bar off Second Street always has fun and talented bands on its stage. Walk in on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday and you’ll find a local favorite or an out-of-towner who rocks your socks off. You’ll find plenty of rockabilly, country, blues, punk, and a mix of everything in between. They have the cheapest drinks on the long strip of clubs and bars in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and, according to the staff, “Everyone is welcome but dicks.”

3. The Vintage Tap
524 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-808-7702.

This small, historic jukebox bar in Delray may look old inside, but it is bringing fresh, live music to Atlantic Avenue from Wednesday to Saturday each week. Enjoy in a wide range of music styles, but rockabilly is often on the menu. Slip and the Spinouts play there frequently, and you’ll never see a cover band onstage. Like most rockabilly, punk, or retro-style bars, the drinks there are hard and cheap. Classic cars are always welcome, and you’ll often see rockabillies swing dancing inside.

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