What’s your favorite still-standing dive bar?
It’s a sign of the times. Hollywood’s oldest bar will soon close, with a pot dispensary set to take over the space.
Stratford’s opened in
1938 and has been at its current location on Hollywood Boulevard just east of
I-95 since 1944.
In 2017, Ernie’s in Fort Lauderdale closed, as did Maguires Hill 16, the latter a particular kick in the gut. The year before that saw the passing of Mac Klein, the 101-year-old owner of Mac’s Club Deuce in Miami Beach, though that dive still stands in proud defiance of the surrounding South Beach glitz. Across MacArthur Causeway, Miami’s then-oldest bar, Tobacco Road, was demolished in 2014.
Point being, South Florida’s booze scene appears to be losing its institutions.
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