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Ten Best Dive Bars in Broward County

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5. PRL Euro Café

If you think of PRL Euro Café and envision all plaid shirts and bearded dudes in glasses, think again. PRL is the beer aficionado's dream come true, featuring several beers with an alcohol content of more than ten percent along with an eclectic, laid-back atmosphere and a younger, busy crowd on the weekends.

4. Blondies

Arcade games, pool tables, a massive bar filled with friendly bartenders, and a virtually all day, every day happy hour make this Fort Lauderdale Beach dive a staple. Sure, it can tend to have that grimy, acrid smell familiar to any formidable dive, but no matter what time of day, this place is always poppin' off, and you can always count on getting shamelessly checked out — and also on checking out mentally.

3. The Downtowner Saloon

This Fort Lauderdale favorite, conveniently located right across the street from a jail, gets rave reviews for its quality, well-priced food and drinks, consistently relaxed atmosphere, and ideal riverfront views. You also have to appreciate the fact that it's a historic building, something not to be taken for granted in our ever-transient home state.

2. The Dive Bar

This one was a no-brainer. Named for the snorkelers and divers who've made this Fort Lauderdale Beach spot their hangout, the Dive Bar has the perfect recipe of pool tables, an enormous bar, and a stage for live music to make it the locals-only dive.

1. Original Fat Cat's

Holding it down in Fort Lauderdale's Himmarshee Village since 2003, Original Fat Cat's tops our list of best dive bars for lots of reasons. The dark, Americana-littered walls as well as an eclectic program of local live music and a formidable selection of cheap beer make it the perfect dive for those seeking a grittier alternative to the suits-and-heels scene on Las Olas. Shoot a game of pool, groove to the live reggae on Wednesday nights, or hang out on the front patio; this place makes for primo people-watching.


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