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South Florida extends from Jupiter in the north to past the Miami area in the south and includes; Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach. Beach bars are as diverse as they are fun, from the stylish Clevelander on Miami’s South Beach to Jupiter’s Square Grouper, the filming location for the "5 O’clock Somewhere" video.

If you are looking for beach bars on the east coast of Florida, there is pretty much one road you need to follow, A1A. It stretches from Florida’s northeast border all the way to bottom of the state. You may need to take a few side streets, but A1A will have you going in the right direction.

Jupiter
At the turn of the 20th century, Jupiter was a pioneer village for fishermen and animal trappers. Today it is one of the most desirable places to live in Florida and is home to 23,000 people. One of those people who likes Jupiter is Burt Reynolds. He even has a park named after him, Jupiter’s Burt Reynolds Park.

On the Jupiter Inlet is a place called Guanabanas, a restaurant and bar that looks more like a luscious tropical paradise. Inside this paradise is a tiki bar that has live music on the weekends. Get there by boat or car, but get there. It will blow you away. Plan ahead though. This is an extremely popular place and the wait to get in can be quite long.


  Square Grouper Tiki Bar and Castaways Marina  
  Square Grouper | JupiterThe Square Grouper is a Florida beach bar that is the location of the video shoot for the Alan Jackson, Jimmy Buffett video "5 o'Clock Somewhere".  


Across the street is the Square Grouper. Although not on the beach, sand has been shipped in to make it feel like “a toes in the sand” beach bar. It is a classic Florida beach bar with a bit of recent history that makes it even more special. It was at the Square Grouper that the Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet video for “5’OClock Somewhere” was shot. It’s always 5 O Clock here.

Alan Jackson, another famous Jupiter resident, returned to the Square Grouper to shoot the music video for "Long Way to Go". Square Grouper is a term that you will see every now and then on signs in Florida. So what is a square grouper? Is it some unusual kind of fish? Not exactly. It is a name given to bales of marijuana thrown off boats or out of airplanes. It is said that the name originated from members of the Coast Guard in South Florida.

Head just a bit west and south of South Palm Beach is Lantana, and there you will find the oldest waterfront restaurant in Florida. The Old Key Lime House is two stories high and, yes, it is painted lime green. Up front, it’s a restaurant, but in the back is a beach bar second to none. The Old Key Lime house is on the Intracoastal so there is no beach. But it does have three bars, including the Chickee Hut Bar, and they have live entertainment Tuesday thru Sunday. Docks are available to boaters looking for a great place to party. They also serve a pretty darn good Key Lime pie here. Guess they would have to.


  Old Key Lime House  
  Old Key Lime House | Lantana – The Old Key Lime House is the second oldest house in Lantana. Its backyard dock offers easy access to boaters and serves as the location of the Tiki Bar.  


Delray Beach
Delray Beach is a quaint beach community with galleries, shops and boutiques and is located on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the home of Boston’s on the Beach, a 2012 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar. The name offers an insight to this establishment. It is all about Boston and is located just across the street from the beach.

If you are a Boston sports fan or a fan of good beach bars, this is the place for you. Boston’s features three separate bars. The downstairs bar is like taking a trip to Beantown. The walls are decorated in brick and the "Green Monster" even makes an appearance. And what scene of Boston would be complete without the famous "Citgo" sign? It's almost like that is how you know you are in Boston. The large bar on the lower level is the perfect place to sit and enjoy talking with other Boston fans and beach bar fans.

The Sandbar is located on the south side of Boston's on the Beach. There is a large tiki hut and bar area. Walk up to the bar and order a frozen concoction and relax. There are tables and chairs scattered about and located in the man-made beach. Play corn hole with your friend. Listen to the music and dance in the sand. This tiki bar area, known as the Rhum Bar, has everything you look for in a great beach bar.


  Boston’s on the Beach  
  Boston’s on the Beach | Delray Beach – Boston’s on the Beach offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is a 2012 Top 10 Florida Beach Bar.  


Tucked away under the Intracoastal draw bridge in Delray Beach, is Deck 84. Deck 84 is on the water and has lots of special things going on daily to draw you in. Saturday and Sunday afternoons starting at 2:00 PM, you can catch some great live bands.

Deerfield Beach
Deerfield Beach is a coastal community of more than 77,000 residents. It gets its name from all the deer that used graze the area. It’s a small stretch of beach with a cluster of three beach bars. Parking is no problem, if you use the valet at one of two beachside restaurant-bars.


  Boston’s on the Beach  
  JB's on the Beach and Oceans 234 | Deerfield Beach - Two full menu restaurants that double as Florida Beach Bars on one great beach.  


JB's on the Beach and Oceans 234 are both located on Deerfield Beach. They are full menu restaurants with good food, and they double as beach bars. They are right on the beach. Beach goers can walk up from the beach and visitors can sit back at the outside bars and enjoy the beach from the comfort of a Florida beach bar. The crowds are younger, and the bars always full of people enjoying the sea breezes and the music.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

While many Florida beach towns allowed the development of large, tall condominiums, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has always strived to preserve its charm by limiting building heights. This is a quaint area maintains a small town feel with shops and restaurants.


  Aruba Beach Cafe  
  Aruba | Lauderdale-by-the-SeaAruba is a "toes in the sand" Florida beach bar with music twice daily, great food, and great views.  


Next to the pier that jets over the Atlantic Ocean you will find Aruba, a top rated Florida beach bar. Aruba’s on-the- beach location helps make it a perfect beach bar. Going there is like taking a little Caribbean vacation on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. There is music twice daily and a large outside deck that puts you right on the beach.

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Fort Lauderdale was the location for the filming of "Where the Boys Are", a 1960 movie said to be the cause of the beginning of the spring break craze. Some of us remember that movie well. Many teens and college students fell in love with the idea that you could leave the chilly north, head to the beaches of Florida, and drink and party your way through the day. Today those same people leave the chilly north, head to the beaches of Florida, and drink and party their way through the day. We call them snow birds.

The setting for the movie’s bar scenes was a place called The Elbo Room, which just may be the first Florida beach bar. While much has changed since then, one thing remains the same. The Elbo Room is still open on Ft. Lauderdale Beach and is a local icon. The Elbo Room hasn’t changed much over the decades so be prepared for a down and dirty beach bar, if you stop for a drink.

For years Lauderdale was the place to go for spring break. Then residents decided to change its image. New laws were put in place that made Lauderdale not so spring break friendly. So, the spring break crowd has thinned, but Lauderdale is still one great beach town. It is still where the boys, girls and great Florida beach bars are.


  Aruba Beach Cafe  
  Fort Lauderdale Beach – Fort Lauderdale Beach is right next to Lauderdale Blvd. The other side of the street is lined with restaurants and beach bars.  


The beach bars are located on A1A just across the street from Ft. Lauderdale Beach, but that's not far. Think of A1A as a big wide sidewalk with lots of palm trees rather than a street. Some of the beach bars are located in older storefront like buildings with sidewalk tables and open air bar fronts. These bars include; Cafe DelMar, RockBar and the Elbo Room.

Other Ft. Lauderdale Beach bars are located in the center of the strip in The Gallery at Beach Place, This exclusive all-in-one entertainment complex offers shopping, dining, and live musical performances. There you will find Hooters, Lulu's Bait Shack, Fat Tuesday, Da Big Kahuna and Atlantic Surf Club. All have great beach views.


  The Gallery at Beach Place | Fort Lauderdale Beach  
  The Gallery at Beach Place | Fort Lauderdale Beach – This exclusive all-in-one entertainment complex offers shopping, dining, live musical performances, and some great Florida Beach Bars.  


Off the beaten path are the bars up and down the Intracoastal Waterway. They are not on the beach but are right on the water. These waterside bars are particularly great if you are boater. Tie up to the dock or raft off another boat and join the party at a Florida beach bar.

Hollywood Beach
Located between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami beach is Hollywood Beach, Florida. Hollywood Beach features a one-of-a-kind oceanfront promenade called the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. The boardwalk is a paved walkway that stretches 2.5 miles along the Atlantic coastline. Bikes are very popular here, and the boardwalk has a bike lane that is not for walking or standing. So be careful where your walk and stand or you might end up ... in the air.

Step off the boardwalk in one direction and you are on the beach. Step in the other direction and you’ll find all kinds of shops, small inns, and hotels, restaurants and bars. This boardwalk was voted 2010 Travel & Leisure America's Best Beach Boardwalk. We call it a boardwalk but its official name is Broadwalk.

There are plenty of great restaurants and bars on the Broadwalk, and other than the fact they are right by the beach, they don’t really qualify as Florida Beach Bars. Then, there is Latitudes Tiki Bar at the Marriott Hotel. This tiki bar is right on the Broadwalk. This Florida beach restaurant and bar features beachside dining and the music and atmosphere you would expect at a beach bar. It is a Hollywood Beach Broadwalk favorite with a crowd consisting of locals, hotel guests, and Boardwalk passersby.


  Latitudes Tiki Bar | Hollywood  
  Latitudes Tiki Bar | Hollywood – Latitudes Tiki Bar at the Marriott Hotel is right on the Broadwalk. This Florida beach restaurant and bar features beachside dining and the music and atmosphere you would expect at a beach bar.  


Across the street (A1A) from the beach and the boardwalk is the Intracoastal Waterway with old Florida bars of its own. These beach bars include; Jimbo's Sandbar, Joe's Tiki Bar and LeTub Saloon.

Jimbo's Sandbar bills itself as Hollywood’s favorite hideaway. So if you are looking for someone hiding in Hollywood this might be a good place to start looking. The tiki bar is located right on the Intracoastal and is the perfect place to relax and watch the boats passing by.

Joe's Tiki Bar says it is Hollywood’s hottest bar with live music every night. There is even Karaoke for those of you that prefer to show off your talent.

LeTub Saloon had a first life as a Sunoco Gas Station. The energy crunch of the early seventies put an end to that. The new and current owner hand built Le Tub out of Flotsam, Jetsam and treasures gathered from the ocean. All of this was gathered daily over 4 years of daybreak jogging on Hollywood Beach. LeTub’s claim to fame is that GQ Magazine voted their burgers as the best in the nation. Le Tub was also featured on Oprah. It is quite a place to see.


  Le Tub Saloon  
  Le Tub Saloon | Hollywood – GQ Magazine voted Le Tub Saloon's hamburgers as the best in the nation. Le Tub was also featured on Oprah.  


Across A1A is the Intracoastal Waterway with old Florida bars of its own. Le Tub Saloon had a first life as a Sunoco Gas Station. The energy crunch of the early seventies put an end to that. The new and current owner hand built Le Tub out of Flotsam, Jetsam and treasures gathered from the ocean. All of this was gathered daily over 4 years of daybreak jogging on Hollywood Beach. LeTub’s claim to fame is that GQ Magazine voted their burgers as the best in the nation. Le Tub was also featured on Oprah. It is quite a place to see.

Miami Beach
South Beach, located at the southern end of Miami Beach, is a local destination for South Florida’s rich and famous and is popular with both American and international tourists. Nicknamed SoBe, it is known for its art deco buildings. It is a major entertainment center covering the southernmost 23 blocks of the main barrier island.

The streets are lined with restaurants and the beaches are filled with sunbathers from every walk of life. Walk the streets of South Beach, and you’ll see it all from drive by Rolls Royce’s to a diverse hip crowd of beautiful people. You get the feeling at South Beach fairly quickly that it’s all about the money. Yet, it is friendly welcoming place that caters to its visitors in a special way.


  Clevelander Pool Patio  
  The Clevelander | South Beach – What happens when you combine sophistication with the beach? You get the Clevelander. The crowd ranges from millionaires to beach angels to tourists. It's all good here.  


Talk to someone about South Beach and no doubt the Clevelander will creep into the conversation. In 2011 it completed a multi-million dollar renovation and upgrade that, among other things, added two rooftop decks with ocean-front and city views, and enhanced poolside bars. The service is impeccable, catering to a crowd that blends the wealthy and the beachy into one fun loving group. This 70-year old landmark is famous for “fun parties, year-round entertainment and the hottest DJ’s, bands, dancers, musicians, models and performance groups around”.

Mango's Tropical Cafe is another most popular South Beach bar with non-stop entertainment, great bands and hot shows. There you can enjoy on of the longest running "Cabaret" shows in the country. The show features an international cast of “beautiful and talented women and men" from all over the world!

Both the Clevelander and Mangos are must see places on South Beach, and there’s a good chance that once you are there, you’ll have a hard time leaving. Traffic and parking in South Beach can be a problem, but it’s worth the inconvenience. Plus, there are plenty of valets.

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References

Urban Dictionary, square grouper, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=square%20grouper
Clevelander Web Site, Welcome Page, http://www.clevelander.com/
Where the Boys Are - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_the_Boys_Are
Clevelander Web Site, Welcome Page, http://www.clevelander.com/




 
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