Entering Freddie's Anchor feels like getting onboard a tugboat. Life preservers decorate the outside, and the nautical theme continues inside, where the lights go dim and the foggy air fills with sounds of cue-ball clacks and locals bitching about something. It's a neighborhood bar that feels as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get in east Lauderdale; it's located next to a giant graveyard and a Hess station. Freddie's is nothing fancy, but the space is big enough to hide away or come in with a party of ten. Plus, it has great chicken wings.
Don't let the anchors, saltwater aquarium, or back-lot dolphin mural fool you. It's not the nautical motif that packs the house on weekends. It's Freddie's reverent devotion to all things NASCAR that keeps local motorheads coming back for more. Three big-screen televisions and 23 regular-size ones dutifully show high-speed action and frenzied cheers of NASCAR, Busch, and Winston Cup races. Brass-and-wood plaques cover a side-wall honoring assorted Daytona winners and seven-time Winston Cup... More »