Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County

Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County
Courtesy of Melissa Burley

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.

Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County
Todd Roller

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.

Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County
Ian Witlen


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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.

Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County
Candace West


8. Le Tub

Secluded waterfront tables, gigantic burgers, and a no-b.s. service attitude make Hollywood's Le Tub Saloon worthy of our list. Sure, tourists tend to stop by to check out the GQ and Oprah-hyped establishment, but better than the burgers is the large wood deck with plenty of picnic benches overlooking the Intracoastal boat traffic and the breezy, open-air bar.

Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County
Kristin Bjørnsen

7. Elbo Room

The longest-surviving bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach, this spot has seen it all. Its corner location right across the beach is perfect for permanent spring breakers both old and young to congregate for cheap beer, live music, wet T-shirt contests, and general debauchery.


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