Listed among the most sinful regions in America, it’s no wonder South Florida has an exceptional list of historically significant bars. And while longevity might mean a lot in other parts of the country, South Florida bars and clubs are constantly changing, making the following list that much more impressive. From some of the most recognizable sites of South Beach such as the Clevelander to places where a water taxi is needed in Ft. Lauderdale, there’s no shortage of barhopping options here.

Churchill’s Pub
5501 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 757-1807
www.churchillspub.com

Established in 1979, Churchill’s Pub is a heck of a lot more than just an English pub in the middle of Little Haiti. In fact, Churchill’s remains one of the only bars in South Florida where local bands and artists can showcase their musical talents. From hip-hop and rap, to jazz and heavy metal, there’s always something going on at the 36-year-old pub. Prominent local bands like Stoma, 9 to 5 and Revolution aren’t the only ones to grace this world-famous stage. In fact, touring acts Sick Of It All, Social Distortion, and multi-platinum selling artist, Marilyn Manson have also rocked the house in years past.


Sloppy Joe’s Bar
201 Duval St.
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 294-5717
www.sloppyjoes.com

A trip to Key West is simply not complete without a visit to one of the most prominent and historic bars in the entire peninsula. For almost eight decades, hitting up Sloppy Joe’s Bar has been one of the biggest traditions in Florida’s southernmost point. Sloppy Joe’s origins date back to Dec. 5, 1933, which lands on the very same day Prohibition in the United States was repealed. Other inimitable facts about Sloppy Joe’s are that it’s open 365 days a year, and coincidentally, is infamous for its parties during the annual hurricane season in South Florida.


Clevelander South Beach
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-4006
www.clevelander.com

As prominent as the Art Deco buildings in the area, the oceanfront bar at the Clevelander Hotel in South Beach is one of the most iconic images of the Sunshine State. Just a few steps away from shore, the Clevelander South Beach is the perfect place to not only be seen, but also to people watch. This bar is so popular that when the Miami Marlins opened their sparkling new baseball stadium, Clevelander Marlins Park (in left field) instantly became one of the facility’s main attractions. But the name wasn’t the only thing to make its way into Little Havana, as many of the specials offered at the SoBe location are also available at the ballpark, including: Hall of Fame Brunch, Wine Crush Wednesdays and Noche Caliente Saturdays, just to name a few.

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Duffy’s Tavern Miami
2108 S.W. 57th Ave.
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 264-6580
www.duffystavernmiami.com

While there are many Duffy’s Taverns scattered around South and Central Florida, the Miami site is the most historic of all the locations. Just how long has Duffy’s Tavern Miami been around? How about the fact that credit cards are not accepted here, so be sure and take out cash – or use the ATM that’s on the premises. To be exact, Duffy’s Tavern Miami has been around for over 60 years, and it’s still as popular as ever. One of the reasons why this is one of the top historic bars in South Florida is its award-winning burgers and beer options. There are over 20 beers on tap, including draft beers, and the food menu is highlighted by Duffy’s best burgers.


Historic Downtowner Saloon
10 S. New River Drive E.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 463-9800
www.downtownersaloon.com

There are many reasons why the Historic Downtowner Saloon in Ft. Lauderdale is also among the top five most historic bars in South Florida. For starters, the food and the ambiance are great, which makes it very popular for those visiting or residing in Broward County. Another thing that makes the Historic Downtowner a unique attraction is the mode of transportation one may choose to get there. Who needs a designed driver when there’s a water taxi at one’s disposal? Patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the discounts offered when they present their ticket at the D.T. (Stop No.2) on the south side of the New River. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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