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Top Ten Dive Bars in Broward County

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8. Kim's Alley Bar

This old-school-style establishment has been around for more than 60 years, turning locals into regulars since 1948, making it one of Fort Lauderdale's oldest relics. Located off Sunrise Boulevard in the Gateway Shopping Center, it's that inconspicuous place you stop before heading toward the beach, just a few steps down the road from the Intracoastal in Victoria Park. Don't let Kim's boring brick façade fool you, though. Inside, you get two bars for one: the seemingly quiet front lounge is dimly lit and smoky, while the mysterious, hidden back room offers a sports theme where you'll find all the standard dive accouterments: pool, darts, Ping-Pong, and a killer jukebox. The spot has become a staple for many of the local city residents who -- every day from about 4:30 p.m. on -- will begin the daily migration by foot to the bar. It's a good way to get there, because after a few dozen draft beers or well drinks, you'll need a taxi to get back home.

7. Red's Bar and Package

If you live in the area, consider this place your Cheers. Beyond the near-windowless brick wall of a single-story old cement block building placed in the middle of a large open parking lot of Dixie Highway, you'll find Red's Bar and Package, a dive bar for the neighborhood crowd of Wilton Manors. Whatever you think about the location -- don't. This is a place for everyone, straight or not. With first impressions, it's a good thing it's the inside -- not the exterior -- that counts. Red's is the real deal when it comes to dive bars, with a friendly bar staff, a large U-shaped bar, a shiny new jukebox full of yesterday's favorites and today's hits, as well what can only be described as a massive display of liquor. The $1.50 draft domestic beers are cold, the $1 Jell-O shots give you the feeling of bygone college days, and the pomegranate margaritas are actually pretty good. While the interior is a bit lackluster -- be prepared to brace yourself against a strong, putrid odor once you walk in -- it's the crowd that has the most color. If you're in the area, stop by for lunch, karaoke Wednesday, or lingerie night (ask once you get there). On a nice weekend night, the back patio also serves as an outdoor barbecue spot.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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