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Ten Best Beach Bars in Broward County

We have our share of city life and plenty of swampland, but sandy beaches give Florida its good name. Combine beaches with alcohol, and you get Florida's most cherished natural resource: the beach bar.

Throughout Broward County, there are myriad examples of this specimen. Some are on the beach with a view of the surf and bodies barely covered by bathing suits. Others on the list are miles from the shore but bring you to that beach state of mind. Without further ado, here are the ten best beach bars in Broward County.
10. GG's Waterfront Bar & Grill
Located on the Intracoastal, this restaurant offers you a fancy version of a beach bar. The interior has 10,000 feet of space, and just about every seat has a spectacular view of the waterway. Depending on your feelings about air conditioning, the premium seating is outside on the deck where sunsets and full moons can be enjoyed.
9. Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar
This Fort Lauderdale Beach spot on Galt Ocean Mile advertises itself as Fort Lauderdale's only tiki bar on the beach. It offers a full menu, but the highlight comes every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. when the bar features a Floribbean pig roast buffet for $14.95.
8. Taco Beach Shack
Right off of Hollywood Beach are what this paper dubbed the county's best tacos a few years back. With a drink menu chockfull of frozen drinks, a wide beer selection, and red and white sangria, it is as good a spot as any to cool off and refresh before your next stint in the sun.
7. McSorley's 
McSorley's Beach Pub is an Irish version of a beach bar. Within a stone's throw of Fort Lauderdale Beach, this establishment has drink specials every night, with two-for-one happy hours on weekdays and premium drink specials on weekends. The rooftop lounge gives you a view and tempts you to head out for a night swim — which may not be wise depending on how many drinks you've had.  
6. Mai-Kai
Yes, this Fort Lauderdale landmark is miles from the beach, but take one step into the Polynesian-themed tiki bar, and you will be transported to a time and place that might or might not have ever existed. Founded in 1955, the historic restaurant draws visitors from around the world, especially every June when the Hukilau, a tiki convention, takes over, and Hawaiian ukuleles fill the air.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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