America's Oldest Bars: Florida

A look at some of the longest living watering holes in The Sunshine State

What can you expect from Florida's longest standing drinking establishments? To be expected, there are the Prohibition survivors — Fernandina Beach's The Palace Saloon (which endured a stint as an ice cream parlor), the Downtowner Saloon in Fort Lauderdale, and Miami's Tobacco Road, whose storefront was changed into a bakery while a room hidden behind a bookshelf continued to store liquor.

Then there are those spots with the characteristic classic charm. Take Pete’s Bar on Neptune Beach: Nothing's too fancy, nothing's too too. Founded in 1930, Pete’s Bar has no specials, no embellishments, and a real down-to-business philosophy. Or The Green Parrot Bar in Key West, a "sunny place for shady people." Of course, nothing says "nexus for drink, time, and space" like nearby Sloppy Joe’s Bar. Not only did it open on the day Prohibition was repealed, but its current name was more or less chosen by Ernest Hemingway.

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Parrotheads the world over think the world of this saloon. I have found it almost like a club where no matter how long it is between visits, someone will remember you. Great talk, great people, and a Key West atmosphere that's hard to beat.

Peter in Buenos Aires

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