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Florabama Bar on the Redneck Riviera

Updated on January 15, 2012

The Florabama

Babes, Bras and Bushwackers

Smack dab beachfront on the state line of Florida and Alabama lies a bar of barnacles, sun-beaten sea dogs, and women rode hard and put up wet. Named for the two state lines that it straddles, its history is storied. When hurricanes threaten, locals drink on the stateside that has not been issued a mandatory evacuation yet. Sturdy enough, it features mostly a sandy floor with several wooden stories. The bar has washed away from several hurricanes of the past, weathered last year's British Petroleum oil spill, but is now going stronger than ever. Women who visit leave their bras on a clothesline before the main band area (see second video). The bands that play here are always excellent beach bands and the bar features a frothy, frozen alcoholic concoction called a bushwacker, which tastes like the best vanilla shake you've ever had. Beaches feature sugar sand and clear water, with Orange Beach on the Alabama side and Perdido Key on the Florida side. It became known as the Redneck Riviera when development began in the 1970s.

A Great Flora-Bama Overview

Great Movie About the Alabama Area

Orange Beach, Alabama

Bushwacker Recipe

Courtesy of the Junior League of Mobile cookbook "Bay Tables"

  • 1 1/4 ounces each light and dark rum
  • 3/4 ounce creme de cacao
  • 1 1/4 ounce Kahlua
  • 1/4 ounce creme de banana
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup ice

Process the light and dark rum, creme de cacao, Kahlua , creme de banana, ice cream and ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses.

Yield 2 servings= Summertime!



Main Dancing Area With Bras

Books on Perdido Key, Florida

Daytime at the FloraBama

Fun All Day & Night

People watching is the name of the game here. There will be all shapes, sizes, ages and backgrounds here; that's the beauty of it in my opinion. Keep in mind that bathrooms are limited, despite the loads of money assuredly made here. There is a normal bathroom with always a long wait for the ladies. A "renovation" of sorts was finished as the bar was finally forced to add a real roof; tarp had long served its purpose here. With that addition, extra space was added on the second floor to view the band and guests dancing below under colorful strings of bras over the dance floor. It can get pretty crowded here. Outside under the large tent, is another band and large dance area. During the day, beach wear with a cover-up is fine and there is the beach with activities such as volleyball and jetskis. At night, most wear more clothing but that's not a guarantee! You are in the Redneck Riviera, after all.

Fun Times to Go to the FloraBama

  • Polar Bear Plunge- New Year's Day crazy people jump in the water.
  • Spring Break (March through April) - A rite of passage when college students all over the South come to converge on the FloraBama.
  • Mullet Toss- May- A fundraiser where you toss mullet, a fish.
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • July 4th Weekend
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Songwriters Festival- November

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      I wonder if it was there in my days at USM. Jimmy Buffet and I were juniors together...he dropped out, the dumbass. What will he do without a formal education. At any rate, it sounds like a venue he would have loved. Thanks for sharing. WB

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Glad you enjoyed it. It was there when I was at USM during years of '87 through '91, but we went to Cash's in Fort Walton Beach. I really regret not going to the FloraBama during those years, but , believe me, I've made up for it since then! LOVED your comment about Jimmy Buffet- made me laugh! Demi

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