Best of Broward / Palm Beach

Top Ten Dive Bars in Broward County

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6. Josie's Too

Serving only beer and wine, Josie's is the very definition of standard American dive bar -- a huge American flag hanging on one wall reiterating the point. Here, the bartenders know all the regulars, so you'll be picked out of the crowd as a newcomer the minute you walk in the door. Any regular here knows the owner by name. It's not hard to remember: The place is named for 78-year-old Josie, who stops by the establishment on occasion and can be caught singing and dancing and otherwise serenading patrons. The bar doesn't serve food -- you can smoke, after all -- but does offer bar bites like the jars of Slim Jim's and pickles. Pitchers, bottled beer, drafts, and wine are all less than $7 to help wash them down. The eclectic local crowd will tell you they're awaiting their next Tom Brady sighting (he was here in 2005 for a GQ photo shoot, which the bar proudly advertises with a shrine-like display). Just be sure to bring cash. You'll need it to stuff down Josie's shirt if she does appears for an act -- and the bar doesn't take cards.

5. Flossie's

The sign outside says "Home of the Tiki Bar," but this isn't a tiki bar. Far from it' Flossie's is quite possibly one of the single best places in South Florida to find a beautiful woman who can drive her own Harley. It's also Dania Beach's very best dive and biker bar, discreetly located off a back-alley service road to give it that clandestine, locals-only location. The regulars here are bikers through and through and have been since the place opened in the mid-1970s. Beyond the sea of bikes out front, you'll find a sea of regulars seated inside, a sprawling common area that desperately needs a makeover, with rescued kitchen furniture and worn barstools. The bar serves the standard domestic and basic imports by draft and bottle, and -- if you're hungry -- a taste of the kitchen's standard bar fare including American picks like wings and burgers, while themed nights get more creative with tacos and burritos. Don't try the tacos or burritos, but they're there if you want to punish yourself.

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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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