12/21/2011 06:14 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2012

Top 10 Dive Bars In San Francisco

​These days, what qualifies as a dive bar in San Francisco is contestable. We realized, researching this list, that diviness seems to be in the eye of the drinker. For us, a dive is a bar that has been allowed to sit and marinate in its own sticky, alcoholic beverages for years on end, untroubled by trends, unbothered about attracting a specific kind of customer and, in some cases, unconcerned with cleaning a whole heck of a lot.

Here are our 10 favorites in the city.

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