Jimbo's Landing 

About

One of Miami's oldest hangouts, this venerated tumble-down shack has been hiding out in the pines next to a mangrove-laced lagoon on Virginia Key since the MacArthur was a low wooden bridge and the city's skyline was even lower. The outdoor beer joint is hard to find (one reason we like it) and about as no-frills as it gets (the other reason). It shares space with rickety, colorful Bahamian-style buildings favored as backdrops for high-end catalog shoots and Playboy bunnies, as well as scenes from Porky's II, Flipper, Miami Vice and CSI: Miami. Dogs, bikers and bocce players roam free on the grounds, and boat parts, trawling gear, tools, fishnets and old beer cans are scattered throughout. Don't let the flotsam deter you from a cold beer and some of the best smoked marlin in town. Cigar-chomping octogenarian Jimmy Luznar has presided over the scene since 1954.

At the risk of alienating every in-the-know local, here's how to get there: From Rickenbacker Causeway, take the first left after the light at Mast Academy. Follow the road northeast. Stay to the right at the first fork in the road. When you come to the end of the road, stay to the left. After spotting the water treatment plant, turn right (north) and look for the driveway just ahead on the right.

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