I haven’t been back in Atlanta more than 24 hours yet and already I’m eager to share the details of my recent trip to Miami. Miami (South Beach in particular) is a pretty popular tourist spot. So, I’m sure many of you are familiar with the hoity-toity mega-clubs and sidewalk cafes that charge you well over 30 bucks for a margarita with two gallons of ice plopped into it. Although I do have to admit that I did indulge in one over-priced, sidewalk margarita. What can I say? I just can’t avoid the allure of numerous, neon-hued straws.
Anywho, while taking the South Beach Food Tour (also “the move”) our tour guide pointed out a well-known, Miami Beach dive bar called Mac’s Club Deuce. She revealed that it was a favorite of Anthony Bourdain, and at that point I knew it was a place I had to check out before the end of my trip. Unfortunately, I waited until my last night on Miami Beach to check out this divey jewel, and here’s a few reasons why my visit to Mac’s Club Deuce was pretty damn amazing.
Cheap, Strong Drinks – You’re more likely to come across a three-legged unicorn than you are a cheap drink on South Beach. Thankfully though, the drinks at Mac’s Club Deuce are both affordable and potent. I switched between a Manhattan and Guinness the night I was there. The Manhattan was made using Maker’s Mark and was only $9 and the bottle of Guinness was $6.
Shenanigans – No good dive bar is complete without a surplus of shenanigans. So, here are just a few randomly hilarious and/or interesting moments I witnessed.
- A man riding his bike around the pool table.
- Two, Atlanta chicks hovering over the jukebox, singing loudly to Incubus and Outkast. And yes, I was one of them.
The Jukebox – You ever hit up a bar and think to yourself, “I sure wouldn’t mind listening to [insert name of your favorite song here] as I sip on this cold one.” Well, at Club Deuce they’ve got one of those fancy jukeboxes that has practically every song you can think of available.
One Epic Happy Hour – In addition to already affordable drinks, Club Deuce has one of the longest Happy Hours I’ve ever come across in my Lushworthy existence. Their Happy Hour lasts from approximately 8 AM (or whatever time they choose to open) to 7 PM. That’s almost 12 hours!!! And during this extremely epic Happy Hour, drinks are two for one.
No Dress Codes, No Cover, Nada – Unlike the rest of Miami Beach, you can merely waltz into Club Deuce since there aren’t any cover fees or dress codes. So, save your Tom Ford and Gucci for LIV. And if you do head to LIV, I’ll be sure to say a little prayer for your wallet.