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Top Ten Hipster Bars in Broward and Palm Beach

Hipsters, like yuppies before them, are a subculture no one wants to admit joining. Yet since the start of the millennium, when hipsters first popped up with their too-tight jeans and ironic facial hair choices, they have seemed to not just prosper but also reproduce.

There are endless variations on the hipster. The one common trait is they all like to congregate in bars. Here are ten such locations in Broward and Palm Beach where you have the best chance of encountering and frolicking with a hipster.
10. Rhythm & Vine Beer Garden
This newish Fort Lauderdale spot is great for a rendezvous, whether you wish to hang outside or in the air conditioning. Inside is a bar made of repurposed shipping containers, and the exterior garden has plenty of picnic tables where you can discuss artisan ketchups. 
9. Dada Restaurant & Lounge 
This Delray Beach establishment has been open since 2000, but its origins go much further back. Formerly a historic 1924 home, it has walls that feature revolving artwork, and its tables are filled with "creative cuisine, which is sustainably sourced." The soundtrack often consists of South Florida's best live bands.
8. Stache 1920s Drinking Den
Right next to Revolution lies a 1920s speakeasy named after the most ridiculous hipster accessory: the mustache. It hosts live bands, DJs, and the occasional burlesque show. It mainly prides itself on its libations, proudly proclaiming that USA Today named it one of the top whiskey bars in America.
7. PRL Euro Cafe
PRL is the beer aficionado's dream come true. It features several beers with an alcohol content of more than ten percent along with an eclectic, laid-back atmosphere and a busy crowd on the weekends. The Hollywood spot's walls are decorated with album covers that make for good conversation starters as you discuss whichever record in your sightline is criminally underrated. 
6. Respectable Street Cafe
The nearly  30-year-old West Palm institution continues to draw in the hipsters no matter how many years and fashion trends pass us by. Sculpted out of an old 1925 Salvation Army building, it also houses ghosts of rock 'n' roll history with the Damned, the Misfits, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all having played there. 
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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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