Smuggler’s Bay is a seedy joint located on the southeast corner of Hillsboro Blvd. and Military Trail directly behind the Chevron in Deerfield Beach. It also is one of the better dive names in my opinion.
It’s a large space unlike most dives which are usually small and cramped, giving ample room for the suited bald gentleman to dance and play air piano. There weren’t too many people at the full 360 bar when I went over there on Saturday night around 11p.m. Maybe maintaining five to six depressed individuals with fist under chin.
The blonde fifty-something year old bar maid (describes 95% of divetenders) was congenial enough while she took control of the music selection.
Smuggler’s Bay which has been open for nearly 28 years was recently purchased by new owner, Bill, in December. I’ve only been here once before and that was under the new ownership. It didn’t seem like there was much restructuring.
The bar consists of: three evenly spaced pool tables and dartboards, one electronic dartboard and seven television sets. Wednesday is free pool. The bar closes at 2a.m. except on Saturday (3am). Not particularly ideal for watching a game. Quite perfect for drinking though…
With a Happy Hour that runs Monday through Friday (4-8pm), Smuggler’s Bay is one of the cheaper dive bars I’ve been to.
- Bud Heavy/Light, Miller Light, Yuengling- $2.25/$2(Hpy Hr.)
- $9 pitchers anytime
Sunday Bucket Special
- Domestic- $12
- Michelob- $13
- Import- $15
No craft on draft here people!
Now the most surprising aspect over here was the food because the kitchen seems like its never used. Completely unaware that it even offered food, I was initially confused and when I realized that there was no service after six in the p.m., I became enraged. (Drinking on an empty stomach is only a good idea when you’re broke and want to get drunk on a few beers.) Other than the kitchen being visible throughout the bar, there are no indicative signs suggesting that food is served here. But for most dives, you’ll usually have to figure out most stuff for yourself. Obviously some intense reporting going on over here…
- ½ lb. burger/cheese- $2.50/$3
- Hotdogs- $1
- (With purchase of two alcoholic beverages)
The toilet situation is nothing new. Generally clean by dive standards.
While I feel most dive regulars drink beer, Sherie the barkeep informs me that “liquor is the deal here and Friday night is the best time to come here.”
4½ out of 5 dirty mugs. Enjoy…