A standard house door serves as the entrance to Just 1 More, an old-school dive built before Seminole Boulevard was even paved. There are some hints to the bar’s long history on the inside, such as a gutted air conditioning unit in one wall and the ordinary home-style kitchen that the bartender, Dottie, runs to and from.
The bar, located at 9919 Seminole Blvd, only serves beer and wine.
They have Natural Ice, Busch and Budweiser on tap for about $1.50 and Amber Bock costs just under $4.
Most bottled beer costs $2.50, while their premium bottles of Bud Light Lime and Michelob are $3. For a quarter more, Just 1 More offers Smirnoff Ice, Woodchuck Cider, Chablis, chardonnay, white merlot and white zinfandel.
Alcohol connoisseurs who are fans of liquor, craft beers or wine won’t find the drink selection at Just 1 More satisfying. However, having an extensive drink menu isn't the point of an authentic dive.
Everything from the front door to the well-worn pool table smacks of a certain authenticity- a spark that’s sometimes lacking from the average neighborhood bar.
Pool games with strangers were commonplace and the majority of customers huddled in one area, a sure sign of community in a bar with enough space to spread out comfortably.
Just 1 More makes “3-fers,” or three draft beers at a reduced rate, its specialty. A 25-cent-off happy hour runs from 8-10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 4-7 p.m. every day.
As for food, they cover all the necessary bar staples and the prices are reasonable. Just 1 More offers standard appetizers such as fries, wings and mozzarella sticks, along with entrees like hot dogs, burgers and ribeye steak sandwiches. Everything except for fries, tater tots and corn dogs is made from scratch.
Most items on the menu cost $4-6.
The steak fries with cheese was piled high with both and is great for sharing. The melted cheese could be found throughout the mound of fries, so you won’t be stuck with a plate of boring fries after getting through the top layer.
An eclectic mix of the Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and Johnny Cash dominated the jukebox and the latter’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” cover played twice through the evening. The music made for a refreshing change of pace from the regular top-40 and classic rock-dominated soundtracks, but whether this is the norm or just a one-time amateur DJ with deep pockets is anyone's guess.
While the pub sticks to just the basic alcohol choices, Just 1 More is a perfect establishment for eating and drinking with old friends or making new ones.