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Feb 6, 2007 12:39 PM

Dive Bar resturants along east coast

Hi, I'm looking for "old Florida-like" establishments or sometime called Florida Dive Bars between Palm Beach County and Daytona. Places that are sometimes hard to find but worth the effort. Places that you really have to see to appriciate. Bamboo is often involved, and some double as bait shacks, and others look ready to collapse. This mission is more about the atmosphere then the food, as I am trying to get into the roots of this state by imibing at its home grown watering holes.

Let me know what comes to mind. Thanks

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  1. In Melbourne (Brevard County), the Conch Key Grille & Tiki Bar ( ) has three bars. One of them is outdoors, right on the banks of the Indian River, which is part of the Intercoastal Waterway.

    1. There used to be a great one in Melbourne on US 1 and Suntree Blvd. across from the FLORIDA TODAY building called the Pineda Inn-- big patio out on the river, cheap beer, fantastic food. I've heard they changed owners and names, so I can't vouch for the food. :-( But the atmosphere is exactly what you're looking for. Live music and lots of bikers on Sundays.

      If you are more into food than beer, go to Marsh Landing in Fellsmere -- that is 100% old Florida, with gator tail, frog legs, greens, etc.

      JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach would fit your bait-shack bill, not sure about their bar offerings. But like Marsh Landing, the "roots of the state" are found in its seafood, not its beer.

      For more bar less food, try Capt. Hiram's in Sebastian. Might be more of a party place than you're thinking, but you can have a drink on the river in a tiki hut. :-)

      Another dive bar that isn't on the water but I love is Frank N Stein's in Stuart. Cold beer on tap, Sabrett hot dogs, chili cheese fries, funny t-shirts with monsters on them. Old cranky pinball machines, wooden screened patio, interesting characters at the bar.

      This sounds like a great query, I'd love to hear more suggestions.

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      1. re: Covert Ops

        The Pineda Inn is now the Conch Key Grille mentioned above

        1. re: cavandre

          OHHHH! I didn't check the Web site. Thanks cavandre -- is the food the same? I remember during Hurricane Frances Pineda was the only place open and serving food, and it had never occured to me to eat there. DH said it was the best cheeseburger he ever had, bar none.

          1. re: Covert Ops

            Only ate there once...It was last St. Pat's day, so of course we had the Corned Beef special of the day, which was quite good.

        2. re: Covert Ops

          JB's gets a good beer drinking crowd and the sun sets are awesome, they are on the water inlet. I love the seafood here, raw bar, etc.

        3. I recommend the "Waterfront Tiki Grill" in Riviera Beach... It is located at the Riviera Marina on 13th st. ,Next light south of Blue Heron Blvd. It is on the water with a view of Peanut Island. If you wish to explore Peanut Island, It is a short water taxi trip with whom I call Captain Ron, (If you ever saw the movie)... There is snorkeling, camping, picknicing, and you can tour President Kennedy's bomb shelter. Great food, all outside. Try the Tuna Ponzu

          1. The Beach Shack at the west end of Minuteman Causeway in Cocoa Beach. The "food" consists of chips and fritos (no prezels). Cheep booze and beer. No shoes no problem. 50 cent pool tables. Florida Dive Bar...

            1. these are great. Does anyone know anything about Cap't jon's fish camp or maybe it's uncle jon's fish camp around cocca area. I keep hearing about it and have been planning to check it out along with all the others

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              1. re: florida goat boy

                In Cocoa, I think you mean Lone Cabbage Fish Camp. . .or up in New Smyrna, J.B.'s Fish Camp. Those are the names that stick out to me, but perhaps you're thinking of a new place. . .

                1. re: Covert Ops

                  Regarding the Lone Cabbage, it is a bit off the coast and a bit touristy with t-shirts and air boat tours, but is certainly a bit of authentic real-florida flavor (hey, there's nothing un-Floridian about taking money from tourist), and is also certainly water-front on the St. Johns River on highway 520 between Cocoa and Orlando very close to Interstate 95.
                  Also along the St. Johns River:
                  Yellow Bluff Marina in Volusia County east of Sanford,
                  Shady Oak on Highway 46 west of Deland,

                  and back on the coast:
                  Club Breakers, New Smyrna Beach, and
                  Snack Jack's oyster bar in Crescent Beach just a bit north of your described area of interest.

                  1. re: Jakamofena

                    How did I forget the Breakers?? I think it was mentioned in another thread.
                    Great burgers, directly on the beach in New Smyrna. Very sand-in-your-shorts type of place.

                    1. re: Covert Ops

                      Breakers is great - especially the three-cheese burgers!