Five Sketchy-Looking Fort Lauderdale Bars That Are Actually Awesome

South Florida is full of pretentious clubs, jam-packed with run-of-the-mill guidos and walking implants that have a "I know someone in VIP" attitude. Although it's fun to be one of the beautiful people, it's also nice to sit back with a $2 beer, not giving a flying "what" about what you're wearing because no, the bouncer at the door will not kick you out for jeans and sneakers.

Yet, with these types of bars come the "Will I be safe walking to my car?" question. The majority of these bars are located in the sketchiest of sketchball locations. You want to enjoy a few drinks, not worry about a white van that says "Free Candy" on the side. To help make the walk to your car that much safer with a side of gritty, smoky atmosphere feel, we provide a list of five sketchy-looking bars that aren't really sketchy.

5. Fox and Hounds

4812 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park. Call 954-491-8869, or visit Facebook.

Fox and Hounds may sound like the Disney animated classic; however, this bar is anything but. It's located in the oddest of locations, placed next to a pipe store. If you walk out without looking, you might run into traffic. Yes, it's that close to the street. Parking is hard to find, but you can find a spot in a nearby plaza. Inside, be prepared for a greeting from a heavy waft of smoke and British accents from some staff members. Yup, Fox and Hounds certainly stays true to its British roots.

4. Poorhouse

110 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-522-5145 or visit Facebook.

A name like Poorhouse just sounds sketchy. But instead of being a place that aids the homeless, this bar aids the drinkless. Poorhouse is a Himmarshee and Fort Lauderdale staple. It showcases the best in local live music, and there's never any fuss. We thank the Broward gods for this boozy gem.

3. The Wayward Sailor Pub

3045 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 32, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-630-2856, or visit Facebook.

This sketchy-lookin' place has been around for about 54 years with the present owners serving patrons for the past eight. The ancient factor of this bar only adds to its charming appeal.

2. Cagney's Saloon

Northwest corner of Stirling Road and University Drive, Davie. Call 954-689-0035, or visit Facebook.

You may be sketched out by all the bikes accumulated outside this place, but don't bother. These guys and gals aren't in a 1960s Altamont biker gang; they want a drink -- just like you! A $2 drink that's on draft, that is. Bands, pool teams, and dart leagues make up the clientele of this Davie bar as well.

1. The Dive Bar

3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-9264, or visit Facebook.

Of course, we had to include the Dive Bar! The diviest-sounding/-looking of them all. But judging by how many people go here and how often you can catch a glimpse of a live fish and live band, it definitely can't be that sketchy.

See also: Top Ten Dive Bars in Broward County

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.