Fort Lauderdale is filled with a colorful array of hidden dives, including the 70-something-year-old Grady's Bar. This is a locals-only spot and certainly not for the weak-hearted. The dim interior is somewhat reminiscent of an old moose lodge with drop ceilings, cigarette machines, and wood laminate walls. Grady's even has a shrine dedicated to itself. The jukebox is filled with music gems of yesteryear, and the patrons aren't shy about doing a little impromptu dancing. There's one pool table and a few videogames for extra entertainment, but the guy sitting next to you is probably more interesting. The drinks are some of the cheapest in town, but credit cards won't get you anywhere, so remember to bring cash.
A bar made from wood? In downtown Fort Lauderdale? Not Italian marble or Spanish-quarry-mined granite or turquoise-colored melted glass? Yes, ิtis true. Though Grady's has been an inner-city fixture for 35 years, it's now surrounded by growth and development, even as the block it sits on (for better or worse) remains much as it looked when the place started. Some of the regulars too have that weathered look. But a real neighborhood joint isn't about chasing trends or having ten flat-screen ... More »