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Drown Your Valentine’s Day Sorrows at These 12 Miami Dive Bars

Because Hallmark holidays deserve a drink.

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Even though Miami's bar scene its typically known for its glitz and glam, sometimes a grimy bar with a surly bar staff and cheap drinks are just what the doctor ordered — especially on Singles Awareness Day, also known in some circles as Valentine’s Day.

From legendary establishments that have been around for decades to some hole-in-the-wall dives, these are 12 of the best ones around town. They're worth stopping by for some cheap drinks and a no fuss, and serve as a nice escape from the hearts and flowers.

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Kill Your Idol

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The smaller counterpart to Lost Weekend on Española Way has a more rock n' roll vibe and plenty of odd decorations to look at. Its Wednesday ladies night where ladies drink free is usually packed.

Lost Weekend

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Not a bad place to get lost, the larger bar connected to Kill Your Idol is great for playing pool, putting tunes on the jukebox, ordering cheap drinks, and late night munchies.

Mac's Club Deuce

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The Deuce, as it's known to locals, has been around nearly 50 years and remains a SoBe staple. It was even one of Anthony Bourdain's favorites.

Ted's Hideaway

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Hidden in SoBe's South of Fifth neighborhood just off Ocean Drive, Ted's is a no-frills bar next to The Big Pink with strong drinks and a pool table.

Jada Coles

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Featuring a full bar, low ceilings and outdoor pool tables, this Coral Way dive bar has all the essential things needed for a fun dive bar type of night out.

Barracuda Bar & Grill

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Sure, Barracuda might have changed ownership and stepped it up a few levels — but once a dive bar, always a dive bar, and it certainly hasn't lost its charm. The bar is still equipped with beer pong tables and cheap suds, like any good dive bar should be.

Corbett's Sports Bar & Grill

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Corbett's was one of the last Miami bars you were allowed to light up a cigarette in (that is now a big no no — but only recently) which may just be a testament to its dive-yness. But if that is an appealing trait, Corbett's also features all the dive bar essentials like a pool table and cheap drinks.

Keg South

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Hidden right off US1 in Pinecrest, dive bar lovers will find one of Miami's oldest dive bars with one of the best burgers in town to boot.

Hole in the Wall Tavern

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Burgers, wings and nachos fill out the menu at this Palmetto Bay dive bar hidden inside a strip mall — making it the go-to local's spot.

The Bar

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A perfect low-key hangout for locals in the Gables area, this sometimes rowdy bar is great for watching games and grabbing a cheap drink any time.

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

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This South Miami haunt has been around for decades, and that’s part of its charm. The bar inside is small and loud, as any good dive bar should be, but there is relief out back on the patio benches. The drinks are strong, and poured until the wee hours of the morning most days.

Mike's At Venetia

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Waterfront dive bars are a thing here in South Florida. One of the most popular is Mike’s at Venetia, which features a beer selection with more than 18 taps, for every taste and mood, plenty of TVs for catching the game(s), and pretty stellar water views.

Kill Your Idol

The smaller counterpart to Lost Weekend on Española Way has a more rock n' roll vibe and plenty of odd decorations to look at. Its Wednesday ladies night where ladies drink free is usually packed.

Lost Weekend

Not a bad place to get lost, the larger bar connected to Kill Your Idol is great for playing pool, putting tunes on the jukebox, ordering cheap drinks, and late night munchies.

Mac's Club Deuce

The Deuce, as it's known to locals, has been around nearly 50 years and remains a SoBe staple. It was even one of Anthony Bourdain's favorites.

Ted's Hideaway

Hidden in SoBe's South of Fifth neighborhood just off Ocean Drive, Ted's is a no-frills bar next to The Big Pink with strong drinks and a pool table.

Jada Coles

Featuring a full bar, low ceilings and outdoor pool tables, this Coral Way dive bar has all the essential things needed for a fun dive bar type of night out.

Barracuda Bar & Grill

Sure, Barracuda might have changed ownership and stepped it up a few levels — but once a dive bar, always a dive bar, and it certainly hasn't lost its charm. The bar is still equipped with beer pong tables and cheap suds, like any good dive bar should be.

Corbett's Sports Bar & Grill

Corbett's was one of the last Miami bars you were allowed to light up a cigarette in (that is now a big no no — but only recently) which may just be a testament to its dive-yness. But if that is an appealing trait, Corbett's also features all the dive bar essentials like a pool table and cheap drinks.

Keg South

Hidden right off US1 in Pinecrest, dive bar lovers will find one of Miami's oldest dive bars with one of the best burgers in town to boot.

Hole in the Wall Tavern

Burgers, wings and nachos fill out the menu at this Palmetto Bay dive bar hidden inside a strip mall — making it the go-to local's spot.

The Bar

A perfect low-key hangout for locals in the Gables area, this sometimes rowdy bar is great for watching games and grabbing a cheap drink any time.

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern

This South Miami haunt has been around for decades, and that’s part of its charm. The bar inside is small and loud, as any good dive bar should be, but there is relief out back on the patio benches. The drinks are strong, and poured until the wee hours of the morning most days.

Mike's At Venetia

Waterfront dive bars are a thing here in South Florida. One of the most popular is Mike’s at Venetia, which features a beer selection with more than 18 taps, for every taste and mood, plenty of TVs for catching the game(s), and pretty stellar water views.

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