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The Best Dive Bars To Spend St. Patrick's Day

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 03.13.2017 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

In our travels throughout the last few years we’ve been in quite a few bars. In fact, from the run of the mill hotel bars to the tiki bars, the salo...

15 Simple Joys of Shelter Island And Montauk NY: Roads Less Traveled on Eastern Long Island

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 11.16.2016 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Picture the Eastern end of Long Island NY - the North Fork (wineries) and the South Fork (Hamptons, Montauk)- as an open lobster claw. Shelter Island ...

Our Favorite Dive Bars Around The World

Travel + Leisure | Posted 04.29.2016 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Some readers might give pause to Travel + Leisure publishing stories about dive bars, but we're the kind of globetrotters who relish the full range of...

Explore One of Juarez, Mexico's Oldest Bars: The World Famous Kentucky Club

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 02.16.2017 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Juarez, Mexico use to be pretty raunchy. When we began going at 17 or 18 years old, the main strip (Juarez Avenue) was made up of bar after bar; it was a 3 lane, one-way street lined on both sides with flashing neon signs and rhythmic beating from speakers pointed out to the street.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVIII

Alan Black | Posted 09.09.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The old English dude, his arms have badly drawn tattoos on them, sailor type things, fading anchors, he sinks deep in his Guinness, and yells out, "You wanker!" at no one in particular.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXV

Alan Black | Posted 08.23.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

You know it's too late for civilization when tennis and pornography get mixed up in bar talk. Way too late. But it's not over yet.

Notes From a Dive Bar XX

Alan Black | Posted 08.03.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I meet a man on the road to A.A. He asks for a Zombie. You're looking at it, I say. How about a Screwdriver? Yes, and soon he owns a loose tongue, b...

Notes From a Dive Bar X

Alan Black | Posted 06.15.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Take me far from the madding crowd. Business is very, very slow. No flocks on the pasture. Is there such a thing as a beer shepherd? A romantic figure wandering the streets with a crook, herding drinkers into the bar. I must be to blame for this barren scene.

Notes From a Dive Bar II

Alan Black | Posted 05.14.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Tramodol came in. He looks good in a suit. He handed me a copy of Don DeLillo's, White Noise. "Read it," he said, strongly. What are the side effects of reading this? I wondered.

Where Have All the Dive Bars Gone?

Ali Hussain | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Ali Hussain

Brooding and swaying at the bar from the long wait, I see a silent figure under the dim glow of the numerous Edison light bulbs that hang above. It is the one-eyed pirate king, Mori Mortison Monteqleu VII, himself.

7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived | Posted 03.24.2015 | Taste

The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal.

The 10 Best Dive Bars In America

Thrillist | Posted 12.24.2014 | Taste

Consider us your personal Ben Kenobi: you won't find more wonderful hives of scum and villainy this side of Tatooine.

8 of America's Grittiest Dive Bars | Posted 12.13.2014 | Taste

These bars may not have phones, websites or even taps, and their floors may not have seen the business end of a mop in decades. That's what makes them memorable. The cheap drinks, crotchety bartenders and crusty regulars found in dives like these are the reason they stubbornly linger as legends.

If You Love Your Dive Bar, Then Kill It!

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.23.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

Sure, you might not like the tourists who wander in on occasion, but you'd probably like it less if the place simply vanished forever, replaced by an upscale fashion boutique or chain restaurant.

Visiting the Waterfront Bar and Grill in San Diego

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.17.2014 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

You walk into the place and somehow just feel at home. It's a dive bar for sure -- stickers cover the wall behind the beer taps and bric-a-brac is everywhere -- but for some reason you can easily spend an entire day here.

Why Dive Bars Are The Best Bars

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 04.04.2014 | Taste

That old-school juke box definitely doesn't have an Internet connection.

Sorry, Hipsters: 17 Signs You Are NOT In A Dive Bar

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 03.27.2014 | Comedy

You think your favorite bar is a dive, but have you ever even been in one? Hipsters may have made the dive bar fashionable, but that also means we ...

These Dive Bar Bathrooms In Brooklyn Are Beautiful. No, Really.

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 12.02.2013 | New York

Inspired by Ian MacAllen's "Toilets of New York" Tumblr, videographers Brandon Bloch and Tim Sessler decided to film the grimy interiors and wall graf...

These Are The 33 Best Dive Bars In America

Thrillist | Posted 01.25.2014 | Taste

Sometimes you want to sit in the dark, watching people playing video poker. Or see a fight.

Haunted Hangouts: The Creepiest Bars in America

The Daily Meal | Posted 12.17.2013 | Taste
The Daily Meal

It's finally October, which means the countdown to Halloween is officially on. Some part of you wants to reminisce about the hysterical costumes of your youth, and where better to share some spook-inspired memories than at the local haunted watering hole?

From Bootlegging to Respectable, Silva's Saloon, Bernalillo, New Mexico

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 12.02.2013 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

In 1933 Felix Silva went legit. In the previous decade, as a younger man, Felix had been a bootlegger and moonshiner, but now that prohibition was over, he decided to open a small, neighborhood bar -- Silva's Saloon -- along the old Route 66 in Bernalillo, New Mexico.

Santiago's Oldest and Best Dive Ba

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

It was an amazing experience. People laughed, they sang, they drank, and then they laughed some more. Nobody yelled, threatened, menaced. Few of us spoke the same language, but all seemed to understand the other.

13 Signs You're in a Dive Bar

Eva Moon | Posted 11.11.2013 | Comedy
Eva Moon

We may only be halfway through September, but already October beckons, along with thoughts of the beery excesses of Oktoberfest. With that in mind, I took myself to a local tavern -- in the interest of research, mind you! I

Best Dive Bar in New Orleans

Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree | Posted 11.09.2013 | Travel
Clint Lanier and Derek Hembree

What makes Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge one of the best dives we've ever been to is its ability to stave off the world outside and provide a timeless, windowless pocket in which to immerse yourself and be alone.

10 Great Tiki Bars Around the World

Party Earth | Posted 06.06.2013 | Travel
Party Earth

These world-renowned tiki bars are sure to please those who enjoy the luxury of a tropical paradise yet happen to be sojourning in a large city.