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The 10 Best Dive Bars In America

Thrillist | Posted 10.24.2014 | Taste
Thrillist

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

Liquor.com | Posted 10.14.2014 | Taste
Liquor.com

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
Thrillist

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.

PHOTOS: NYC's Best Dive Bars

The Village Voice | Posted 03.08.2013 | New York

Everyone has a favorite dive bar. The best ones are cheap, sticky, and unpretentious, with questionable bathrooms and a rogues' gallery of regulars. T...

Denver Musician Esmé Patterson and Comedian Kevin O'Brien on New Skin for Old Ceremonies

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 12.17.2012 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

Denver-based musical polymath Esmé Patterson and stand-up comedian Kevin O'Brien joins us this week on the Denver Diatribe podcast to peel back new skin for old ceremonies.

Best Dive Bars Across America

Party Earth | Posted 12.03.2012 | Travel
Party Earth

You don't have to be down on your luck or completely broke to appreciate a good dive bar. Whether you're drawn in by the dirt cheap beer, greasy eats, eclectic clientele or jukebox jams, every city has a dive bar for you. The trick to finding the right one is to weed out the seamy cesspools from the best-kept secrets.

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D.C. Bartenders Tell All: Valentine's Day Antics In A Dive Bar

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Tepper | Posted 02.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- What does Valentine's Day look like at a raucous bar in the nation's capital? It ain't always pretty, according to a handful of area...

10 Dumbest Places To Find Love

Dumb As A Blog | David Moye | Posted 12.07.2011 | Weird News

If you're single and ready to mingle, it's important to know where you can meet other people who are similarly single and ready to mingle. For exam...

Great American Dive Bars

Find. Eat. Drink. | Posted 11.13.2011 | Home
Find. Eat. Drink.

We know it's nearly impossible to complete a list of the greatest dive bars in America, but here is a start. This list is picks from bartenders, som...

The Best Bars In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.16.2011 | Home
The Daily Meal

Bars are wonderful institutions, part watering-hole, part social hub, part cultural phenomenon -- places where people go when they want to be out ...

Local Celebs' Favorite Hidden Gems in LA

Tara Settembre | Posted 05.30.2011 | Los Angeles
Tara Settembre

Whenever I have moved to a different area of Los Angeles, it's not the new gourmet restaurants that I miss the most, but the local dive bars and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

America's Best Dive Bars

The Daily Meal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart once opined that pornography is tough to define, but "I know it when I see it." I feel the same way about dive ba...

End Of The Line For This Legendary Dive

nytimes.com | BEN DETRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MAX FISH, a bar on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, celebrated its 21st anniversary last Sunday. Balloons adorned the pastel walls, tin trays freight...

East Village Dive Favorite To CLOSE

dnainfo.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

EAST VILLAGE -- Legendary East Village dive Mars Bar could shutter in a matter of months under a plan to redevelop a Second Avenue site into mixed-inc...