A little slice 'o heaven, yet not everyone's cup of tea...
Nestled back in a dim and dingy corner of a Publix shopping center in Island Estates, this quaint little drinkery, where the median age is probably 65+, offers dim lighting, live music, and some dance moves I've never seen before.
They feature a pianist performing some golden oldies, wonderfully-poured cocktails, and an inviting group of patrons, whom are definitely regulars, yet welcome outsiders in - as long as they're respectful and there to have fun.
Give this place a try, but be sure to stay away if you're not a smoker; I can still smell cigarettes...
I love this place, but you have to understand why. Â It's not a beautiful place, or a cool hangout. Â It is essentially, a living museum. Â Firstly, it is tucked away in a shopping center behind the entrance to a liquor store and adjacent to a Publix supermarket. Â If you didn't know it was there, you would probably never find it. Â
Secondly, it is like stepping into a time machine that takes you back to about 1978. Â Dark, with blood-red faux leather upholstered seats and booths, the windowless room is dominated by a grand piano with one of those oversized brandy snifters on top of it for use as a tip jar. Â And the smoke! Â Ye, gods, the smoke -- it is like the patrons are attempting to single-handedly offset the decrease in tobacco consumption in all the states where smoking in bars is now forbidden. Â The crowd is almost uniformly local (how could they not be, given the difficulty one has even finding the place?), and friendly. Â The service is decent without being great; I think they have a company policy to call every patron "hon." Â
Â Â In short, if you can enjoy the irony and insanity of drinking in a smoke-filled room with a bunch of soused geriatrics while some guy in a velvet dinner jacket covers the tune "Brandi - You're a Fine Girl," you will have a blast at Les Partners.