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    Default Night of a Thousand Dive Bars (pics)

    South Beach has a thriving dive bar scene, for people who enjoy an alternative to the pomp and circumstance of the clubs...I took to the streets last night in search of the perfect seedy watering hole, and this is what I stumbled upon!

    (in order: Mac's Club Deuce, part of the Essex House sign, Ted's Hideaway, The Room, and The Playwright Irish Pub)

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    We rounded out the night at Finnegan's Way and Lost Weekend....
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    Hey Doug! Looks like a fun night! I was at Ted's Hideaway on Monday with British blogger Hugh Macleod. Great gin & tonics!

    Have you been to The Abbey yet? Let's go have a beer!

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    Hi Maria,

    Actually, I'm planning to go to the Abbey tonight, and Free Spirits, to round out my study. What's a good time to go there?

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    The Abbey is good late at night!

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    As promised, here are the shots from Free Spirits and the Abbey!
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    Doug, it seems that you are having fun in Miami.

    The bars that I like the most are The Room and Lost Weekend.

    Thanks for the pictures, very informative especially the shots of the men's restroom.

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    Hi Mirna, I think the Room was my favorite overall, because it had style without being pretentious. The award for most atmospheric dive bar, though, would have to go to the Deuce (which is why it was a favorite location for Miami Vice, I'm sure.) Finnegan's had the friendliest bartenders. Glad you liked the restrooms! :)

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    Doug, great photos! I'm so sorry I flaked out! I owe you a beer. :wow:

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    Wow! You got some great shots, Doug! It feels like I was there.

    (View more photos from Doug's South Beach pub crawl)

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    You were! Don't you remember? Just kidding.

    Sorry you weren't able to make it, Maria! You missed some interesting sights!

    Secret tip to getting special treatment at the bars: wear a Jimbo's T-shirt. It's a code that means you're a local. It got me a free drink at Finnegan's Way!

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    Thanks for the tip, Doug. I've never heard wearing a Jimbos T-shirt was a sign you're a local. Do you think the free drink was a fluke, or is a policy at Finnegan's Way?

    About how much was a drink in these bars?

    Did you have a favorite and least favorite place?

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    Thanks for the tip, Doug. I've never heard wearing a Jimbos T-shirt was a sign you're a local. Do you think the free drink was a fluke, or is a policy at Finnegan's Way?
    I think I just caught the bartender in a good mood, and the t-shirt helped for some reason. Also, at the Deuce, the staff asked if I'd gone to Jimbo's 80th birthday bash last April 15, and a patron, who works at Aquasino, a local casino boat, also asked me what the deal is with Jimbo's, because all his South Beach friends keep telling him he has to go there. I think Jimbo's represents a simpler, more down-to-earth state of mind, like the old Florida, and many of the locals crave that mindset, because of all the uppity people they encounter in their jobs here...Just a guess. It's also a little off the touristy path, located in a secluded area of Virginia Key, on a mangrove lagoon once used in Flipper.

    About how much was a drink in these bars?
    Drinks at Club Deuce were $5 each -- for beer or water -- cash only -- so it's not quite the cheap place it's made out to be. The other places, I ran a tab, so I'm not sure how it broke down per drink. I just know that the Room was more expensive than Ted's Hideaway and Finnegan's Way. Free Spirits was also surprisingly pricey for the atmosphere, plus they include their gratuity in the check, so they're less inclined to be outgoing.

    Did you have a favorite and least favorite place?
    My favorite place to hang out was the Room, because it had style, and a diverse drink menu, but still managed to have a down-to-earth atmosphere, with friendly staff and customers. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating at Ted's, the Deuce, and, as mentioned before, Finnegan's Way. Free Spirits had the least outgoing bartenders, and the bartender at the Abbey seemed befuddled. When we first went in there, (about 12:30 am on a Saturday night) he said it would be about 5 minutes before he would be able to get to us, and then when he did and I asked to open a tab, he said it would take a few more minutes before he could wait on us if I wanted to use a credit card. I have no idea why! It seems like running a tab would require less effort. So, we ended up not getting any drinks at all -- just hanging out for a few minutes and then leaving.

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    Good tour.

    When I used to be in the Royal Navy we would sometimes find it more entertaining to go for a drink where the locals drink rather than where the plastic people hang out at the main venue's.

    I'm also a big fan of bars!

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    Well guys finally made it, even after our plane broke down as it pulled out to taxi! After 14 hours on said plane we checked into the National Hotel (pool is awesome by the way), wife was nackered but I had to have a few drinks so I checked out Duce bar....great craic but it really is a dive bar.

    I have to say on first impressions, I find the people here vary friendly, great buzz and very hot!

    We are just about to head out to a Spanish Tapas bar for a meal, don't know the name but I have been assured its very good. Will let you know how it is.

    Michelle that card was sorted thank you very much - now I just need to remember to use it! Will be in touch during the week to book a couple of trips.

    Now I'm going to party with the beautiful people, later.

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    Thanks for the tour! this is all good stuff. There are many places I still have to check out.

    We always end up going to the Abbey for that last Delirium Nocturnum. It's been pretty quiet for the past two weeks actually.

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    Glad to know that I'm not missing anything, now that I'm up here in DeLand! I do hope to make it down again soon. The Room was probably the most congenial of all the places I went to. I actually had conversations with people there! It was upscale, but downhome at the same time. And lots of exotic beers.

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    is the picture of huge beer list teds hideaway? Anyone know if they, or any place in miami, carries a beer called Kilt Lifter?

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    The picture of the huge beer list was taken at The Room. They specialize in beer from around the world. I'm not sure if they have the one you're asking about, though. Another place you might want to check out for unusual beers (only $3 a pop!) is Zeke's Roadhouse on Lincoln Road. They have quite the selection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug
    The picture of the huge beer list was taken at The Room. They specialize in beer from around the world. I'm not sure if they have the one you're asking about, though. Another place you might want to check out for unusual beers (only $3 a pop!) is Zeke's Roadhouse on Lincoln Road. They have quite the selection!
    yea im definitely want to check these places out when i move out there. They seem to be more my speed. Ive yet to find kilt lifter outside of AZ though, then again its brewed there. Though right after i left vegas for work a friend told me our bar there got a couple kegs of it in and that it went fast.

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