If you're looking for five-star service, you won't find it here. These are the dives that have seen their share of barroom brawls--the places known more for their kitschy bric-a-brac and abused furniture than fancy cocktail menus. 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. Your drinking experience is all the better for it.
Read on for some of America's greatest and grittiest dive bars. Tell the bartender you'll have the "usual."
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