The Perfect Summer: Southern Watering Holes

Liquid refreshment, by the bayou or the beach

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Just another day at Pete's Pub, in Little Harbour.

Angelle’s Whiskey River Landing

Henderson, LA

If you happen to be around Breaux Bridge on a 
Sunday afternoon, do yourself a favor and drive out to this swamp-side outpost, where the live music doesn’t stop
until people are dancing on the bar. If you don’t know how to dance zydeco, don’t worry. The regulars will be more than happy to teach you.—

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The fifty-year-old Mai-Kai once sold more rum 
than any other bar in the United States. Today it’s one of the country’s last tiki palaces. Come for the old-school daiquiris and punches, and stay for the nightly Polynesian Islander Revue, a torch-lit, lei-bedecked spectacle choreographed by owner Mirielle Thornton.—

Pete’s Pub and Gallery
Little Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas

Off the beaten path even by Bahamian standards, 
this gem of a beach bar, steps from the water, is the essence of laid-back. Part of a family complex founded by the late sculptor Randolph Johnston, it’s still run by his children and draws locals and visitors alike (often by boat) for
 burgers, fresh seafood, and its house rum punch,
 the Blaster.—