626 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
Tobacco Road is known as the oldest bar in Miami and it has remained at the same location since it was built. Beers, burgers, improv and live music have survived Prohibition, drug lords and some shut-downs for not complying with moral standards so this locale can still be visited by its fan following. Tobacco Road still maintains its raggedy charm as one of Miami’s most storied watering holes.
The Blue Anchor British Pub
804 E. Atlantic Blvd.
Delray Beach, FL 33483
History is the air at this pub starting from the facade that comes straight from a dismantled pub in England. For the thrill-seekers, The Blue Anchor British Pub reports of having a ghost in its presence. The legend that ties this pub to the old world is a woman who was killed for jealousy. Beer, slow-roasted beef and some screams are not a bad combination at this piece of Delray history.
Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern
7221 S.W. 58th Ave.
South Miami, FL 33143
Located in the heart of South Miami is a hidden gem under the most luscious vegetation of bougainvilleas and palms and far enough from the crowd of the mall. Bougainvillea’s Old Florida Tavern’s peculiar and unique charm is due to the original 1929 cottage made of rare Dade County pine. Before becoming a tavern, this cottage operated as a gift shop, tearoom and doctor’s office. Now as a place for libations, happy hour is the best time to show up for a great list of cocktails. Leave it to Mike, the manager, to charm you with secrets and unveiled legends about the tavern.
Historic Downtowner Saloon
10 S. New River Drive E.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Across the river from Las Olas Boulevard, the Historic Downtowner Saloon respects old-fashioned charm by welcoming locals and passing yachts in a 90-year-old building. Although the saloon itself may look a bit more modern, the building in which is resides has been around for a very long time on New River Drive. Stop by here to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere from times past across the street from a bustling modern mall.
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A resident of South Beach for 16 years, Francesca Belluomini has long been an iconic presence on the local nightlife scene. Raised and educated in Tuscany, Italy, she has also lived in two fashion capitols, Milan and London. She writes about all fashions in Miami. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.