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Best pub in South Florida 2017: The Blue Anchor


The Blue Anchor

804 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-272-7272;

There are spirits in the spirits of the Blue Anchor. At least, that’s the legend of the popular pub in downtown Delray Beach. Talk has it that there’s a “boo” in the booze because the joint is haunted by the ghost of Bertha Starkley, a British woman who was stabbed to death by a jealous husband in 19th century London. So how did a British poltergeist end up in Delray? Well, the Anchor (built in 1865) was brought across the Atlantic Ocean in 1996, apparently with apparitions intact. Now, every night at 10 p.m., a staffer rings a bell to spook Bertha and keep her away (just in case that doesn’t do it, there’s live music). Nowadays, the Blue Anchor is a must-stop for homesick Brits with its array of English and Irish draft beers and menu items such as bangers and mash, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, fish and chips and raj curry.

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