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(Food and Wine)   Top five bars in the world, according to Anthony Bourdain. "For me, if I have a bar epiphany, it's usually about four o'clock in the afternoon, before the evening crowd comes in ... It's what I call that sort of golden Tom Waits drinking hour"   (foodandwine.com) divider line 171
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2012-09-17 08:08:42 AM  
Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....
 
2012-09-17 08:47:10 AM  
The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."


Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.
 
2012-09-17 09:39:00 AM  

Sybarite: The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."

Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.



It's a dump.  The only time I drank there it was insanely crowded and was filled with all sorts of unsavory characters.  Its charm lies in its absolute lack of charm.
 
2012-09-17 10:23:47 AM  
Wow, that was quite a lazy "article".
 
2012-09-17 10:46:19 AM  
1. Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar. Lot's of room to drink. Great prices. A piano bar that can play or fake any song EVER written. Used to patrons that puke or can't hold their whiskey. A trough for the guys to pee in and a powder room for the ladies. Their specialty drink "The Hurricane' contains 3 shots of rum and liqueur. You WILL get 3 times as farked-up as the March of Dimes.

2. The Gibson Washington DC. This ain't no disco. This is a bar for people that enjoy a well coiffed and crafted cocktail. This bar has skilled mixologist. An unbeatable selection of top shelf brands and the bar staff has mad skills to do what needs to be done. Pussies and pretenders can go elsewhere. This is a real bar for real drinkers.

3. Dukes Waikiki (Honolulu, Oahu) Duke's on Sunday is a MUST. Henry Kapono should be enough to get you off your ass and down to the beach. Delicious boat drinks, mai tais, Waikiki sunset with slow dancing, sunsets, pretty wahines, cute surfers and canoe clubs. Tourists? You bet, but you don't live there anyway, now do ya? The savvy locals know that this is an awesome time for a lazy Hawaiian afternoon, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY!

4. Slim's Y-Ki-Ki in (Evangeline Throughway into Opelousas,LA) OR Fred's Lounge (Mamou, LA) This is a toss-up for best cajun-zydeco bar. Both have their own charm and feature some of the finest and most original zydeco artists today. A strong drink and an ice cold beer can be found at either joint. These places are the real deal. No BS. All races mix well and party well here at Slim's. They share a love of good music and playing hard & drinking easy after working hard. At Fred's 88 year old Tante Sue runs things now that Fred has gone on to be with Jesus. She gets by with a little help from the Guillory family. Both places are a shed/shack/temple to good times and good drinking. Fred's 'rule' is no dancing or standing on the cigarette machine. They start at 10 am on a Saturday morning. Your liver is scared.

5. Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store (Perdido Key near FL-AL state line) Don't go here if you don't like fun. Sure they might have a Jimmy Buffet-like acoustic guy... thing is, Buffet used to play and hang out. The place is PACKED to the hub with cute babes and young guys. The popularity of the place has it divided into 3 or 4 separate areas. There is a beach bar overlooking the Gulf, a club-dance section featuring the latest and classics in dance/country/club tunes. There's an inside rock bar with the usual cover band playing indy and rock standards. There's a mullet toss, sugar white beaches and emerald green water out back.

Bourdain is an alright guy. I've met him and drank with him. He's got a great gig and dream job. He's probably been to a couple of these places. Everybody has that great bar story or that 'cheers' joint where everybody knows your name. I don't care if it's a pool hall or an asphalt floor with a mechanical bull, bars are farking awesome. Now buy me a farking beer you cheapskate. I got the last round.

We can share what we got of yours, 'cause we done shared all of mine.
 
2012-09-17 11:07:07 AM  

Sybarite: The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."

Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.


Yeah, according to The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, which was published before Bourdain was born, there are up to three basic components that make a cocktail:

The base is the principal ingredient of the cocktail. It is typically a single spirituous liquor, such as rum, gin or whiskey, and typically makes up 75 percent or more of the total volume of the cocktail before icing.

The modifying agent is the ingredient that gives the cocktail its character. Its function is to soften the raw alcohol taste of the base, while at the same time to enhance its natural flavor. Typical modifying agents are aromatic wines (such as vermouth) and spirits (such as Fernet Branca or Amer Picon), bitters, fruit juices and "smoothing agents" such as sugar, eggs, and cream.

Special flavoring and coloring agents include liqueurs (such as Grand Marnier or Chartreuse), Cordials, and non-alcoholic flavored syrups (such as Grenadine or Orgeat syrup). These are typically used in place of simple syrup, and are to be used sparingly.
 
2012-09-17 11:13:09 AM  
I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"
 
2012-09-17 11:13:27 AM  
More on the Wakamba, surprised I never got in trouble there.... 

I might have screwed up the link.

http://midtownlunch.com/2009/07/17/midtown-happy-hour-wakamba-wins-di n stinction-of-being-only-dive-mamacita-has-ever-hated/
 
2012-09-17 11:14:17 AM  
Link

Try this..
 
2012-09-17 11:16:06 AM  
for me? relatively clean with a few TV's showing sports or trivia, some piped in rock music at a good background volume, relatively tasty menu of pub food and some attractive waitresses to look at.
 
2012-09-17 11:22:29 AM  
Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

www.foodgps.com

They have 777 different beers here. 

farm4.staticflickr.com
 
2012-09-17 11:22:37 AM  
I love this guy. Why?

I like old-school places where they bust your balls when you walk in the door. Where a guy who's on TV a lot can be treated with the instinctive skepticism and derision that a profession such as mine deserves.

Because of that.

Also, his taste in watering holes is apparently phenomenal.
 
2012-09-17 11:24:25 AM  

Generation_D: Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....


Nice to see you dont have the slightest idea of what a bar is about. Go ahead, wait till 1am to go in, go get your PBR, and try to bed some stupid coont, I don't need your hipsteritis contaminating my communion with my fellow alcoholics while we lament the years lost living inside a brown bottle and whiling away the hours telling lies (except me, of course) about all the great women we've farked, when in reality our pickled noodles couldn't get hard if Charlize Theron was standing in front of us, holding her ass cheeks open begging for sodomy followed by a nice round of A2M. Nay...NAY I say!!! 4 PM is not a place for kids...no sir. Let us professionals take care of that time, sonny.
 
2012-09-17 11:25:23 AM  

Beerguy: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

[www.foodgps.com image 525x394]

They have 777 different beers here. 

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


There's a place for bars like that, but too often they are sort of gimmicky, are out of whatever your first and second choices were, and have terribly kitschy atmosphere..
 
2012-09-17 11:25:35 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I love this guy. Why?

I like old-school places where they bust your balls when you walk in the door. Where a guy who's on TV a lot can be treated with the instinctive skepticism and derision that a profession such as mine deserves.

Because of that.

Also, his taste in watering holes is apparently phenomenal.


I'm going to miss No Reservations, but in all honesty, the show peaked a few years ago and it hasn't been as thoughtful as before.
 
2012-09-17 11:26:16 AM  
1. JP Patrick McGillicutty's Irish Pub - Des Moines, IA
2. Gillicutty JP McPatrick's Irish Pub - Lubbock, TX
3. J Patrick P McGillicutty's Irish Pub - Tulsa, OK
4. P Gillicutty J McPatrick's Irish Pub - Sarasota, FL
5. Mac PJ Gillicutty Patrick's Irish Pub - Colorado Springs, CO
 
2012-09-17 11:27:32 AM  

Dahnkster: 1. Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar. Lot's of room to drink. Great prices. A piano bar that can play or fake any song EVER written. Used to patrons that puke or can't hold their whiskey. A trough for the guys to pee in and a powder room for the ladies. Their specialty drink "The Hurricane' contains 3 shots of rum and liqueur. You WILL get 3 times as farked-up as the March of Dimes.

2. The Gibson Washington DC. This ain't no disco. This is a bar for people that enjoy a well coiffed and crafted cocktail. This bar has skilled mixologist. An unbeatable selection of top shelf brands and the bar staff has mad skills to do what needs to be done. Pussies and pretenders can go elsewhere. This is a real bar for real drinkers.

3. Dukes Waikiki (Honolulu, Oahu) Duke's on Sunday is a MUST. Henry Kapono should be enough to get you off your ass and down to the beach. Delicious boat drinks, mai tais, Waikiki sunset with slow dancing, sunsets, pretty wahines, cute surfers and canoe clubs. Tourists? You bet, but you don't live there anyway, now do ya? The savvy locals know that this is an awesome time for a lazy Hawaiian afternoon, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY!

4. Slim's Y-Ki-Ki in (Evangeline Throughway into Opelousas,LA) OR Fred's Lounge (Mamou, LA) This is a toss-up for best cajun-zydeco bar. Both have their own charm and feature some of the finest and most original zydeco artists today. A strong drink and an ice cold beer can be found at either joint. These places are the real deal. No BS. All races mix well and party well here at Slim's. They share a love of good music and playing hard & drinking easy after working hard. At Fred's 88 year old Tante Sue runs things now that Fred has gone on to be with Jesus. She gets by with a little help from the Guillory family. Both places are a shed/shack/temple to good times and good drinking. Fred's 'rule' is no dancing or standing on the cigarette machine. They start at 10 am on a Saturday morning. Your liver is scared.

5. Flora-Bama Lounge ...


I, too, recommend the Flora-Bama. Great place.

If you're ever in Tuscaloosa, Ala., try The Downtown Pub for a great dive bar. If your tastes are more expensive, The Alcove carries a great selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles, as well as some top-shelf single malts. It's a short walk between the two places, and I've wasted a few hours in each one -- although I'm not sure I'd say they were wasted.
 
2012-09-17 11:27:34 AM  

Dahnkster: 1. Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar. Lot's of room to drink. Great prices. A piano bar that can play or fake any song EVER written. Used to patrons that puke or can't hold their whiskey. A trough for the guys to pee in and a powder room for the ladies. Their specialty drink "The Hurricane' contains 3 shots of rum and liqueur. You WILL get 3 times as farked-up as the March of Dimes.

2. The Gibson Washington DC. This ain't no disco. This is a bar for people that enjoy a well coiffed and crafted cocktail. This bar has skilled mixologist. An unbeatable selection of top shelf brands and the bar staff has mad skills to do what needs to be done. Pussies and pretenders can go elsewhere. This is a real bar for real drinkers.

3. Dukes Waikiki (Honolulu, Oahu) Duke's on Sunday is a MUST. Henry Kapono should be enough to get you off your ass and down to the beach. Delicious boat drinks, mai tais, Waikiki sunset with slow dancing, sunsets, pretty wahines, cute surfers and canoe clubs. Tourists? You bet, but you don't live there anyway, now do ya? The savvy locals know that this is an awesome time for a lazy Hawaiian afternoon, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY!

4. Slim's Y-Ki-Ki in (Evangeline Throughway into Opelousas,LA) OR Fred's Lounge (Mamou, LA) This is a toss-up for best cajun-zydeco bar. Both have their own charm and feature some of the finest and most original zydeco artists today. A strong drink and an ice cold beer can be found at either joint. These places are the real deal. No BS. All races mix well and party well here at Slim's. They share a love of good music and playing hard & drinking easy after working hard. At Fred's 88 year old Tante Sue runs things now that Fred has gone on to be with Jesus. She gets by with a little help from the Guillory family. Both places are a shed/shack/temple to good times and good drinking. Fred's 'rule' is no dancing or standing on the cigarette machine. They start at 10 am on a Saturday morning. Your liver is scared.

5. Flora-Bama Lounge ...


Nice list. Pat O's is a fun place, but it tends to be amateur hour, especially on the weekends. Cosimo's is a much better French Quarter watering hole.

Is Flora-Bama still there? I had heard it was all but wiped away in one of the hurricanes a few years back. We used to go for the Mullet Toss years ago.
 
2012-09-17 11:28:05 AM  
The way everyone else gets drunk is inferior to the way I get drunk.
 
2012-09-17 11:31:33 AM  

bgflores:

Flora-Bama got rebuilt a few years ago.

Agree with you about Pat O's ... although there are so many damn bars in the French Quarter that I couldn't name you one of them other than Pat's ... except maybe Marie Leveaux's on Decatur. Tiniest bar I've ever seen. Drinks were strong as hell, though.

 
2012-09-17 11:33:20 AM  

Madbassist1: Generation_D: Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....

Nice to see you dont have the slightest idea of what a bar is about. Go ahead, wait till 1am to go in, go get your PBR, and try to bed some stupid coont, I don't need your hipsteritis contaminating my communion with my fellow alcoholics while we lament the years lost living inside a brown bottle and whiling away the hours telling lies (except me, of course) about all the great women we've farked, when in reality our pickled noodles couldn't get hard if Charlize Theron was standing in front of us, holding her ass cheeks open begging for sodomy followed by a nice round of A2M. Nay...NAY I say!!! 4 PM is not a place for kids...no sir. Let us professionals take care of that time, sonny.


Do you submit articles to Modern Drunkard?
 
2012-09-17 11:34:20 AM  
I'm surprised he didn't put KGB in Manhattan on there. Used to be one of my favorites.
 
2012-09-17 11:34:22 AM  
I used to work a block up from Wakamba... we didn't go there after that guy got shot out front... also it was a sh*t hole.
 
2012-09-17 11:35:57 AM  

Sybarite: The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."

Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.


It's just a name. How many "Bar and Grills" have you seen where there hasn't been a working grill in thirty years? Hell, how many bars are called "The [something] Inn" despite being very clearly not an inn?
 
2012-09-17 11:36:01 AM  

Madbassist1: Generation_D: Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....

Nice to see you dont have the slightest idea of what a bar is about. Go ahead, wait till 1am to go in, go get your PBR, and try to bed some stupid coont, I don't need your hipsteritis contaminating my communion with my fellow alcoholics while we lament the years lost living inside a brown bottle and whiling away the hours telling lies (except me, of course) about all the great women we've farked, when in reality our pickled noodles couldn't get hard if Charlize Theron was standing in front of us, holding her ass cheeks open begging for sodomy followed by a nice round of A2M. Nay...NAY I say!!! 4 PM is not a place for kids...no sir. Let us professionals take care of that time, sonny.


Your newsletter, etc.

Also, this book is right up your alley:
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2012-09-17 11:36:39 AM  

Pinner: Do you submit articles to Modern Drunkard?


Dammit...
 
2012-09-17 11:39:56 AM  
I have to say that he is spot on about the Double Down in Vegas. It's an awesome grungy dive where I was lucky enough to once play punk rock bingo as hosted by a Juggalo Santa. Awesome juke box, cool bartenders, best of all it's way off the strip so you don't have to deal with the neon haze.

Their signature drink is called Ass Juice, and $5 will get you an Ass Juice and a Twinkie. $7 will get you an Ass Juice, a PBR, and a Slim Jim.

If that doesn't sound amazing then I don't know what does
 
2012-09-17 11:42:31 AM  
When I hear the word "mixologist", I get stabby.
It's just a farking bartender, goddamnit.
 
2012-09-17 11:47:40 AM  
Author has never been to the Woody Creek tavern.

Sad but calling the Wakamba a dive does not do it justice.
 
2012-09-17 11:52:54 AM  

Maud Dib: When I hear the word "mixologist", I get stabby.
It's just a farking bartender, goddamnit.


THIS!
/Ex bartender.
 
2012-09-17 11:55:10 AM  

InmanRoshi: 1. JP Patrick McGillicutty's Irish Pub - Des Moines, IA
2. Gillicutty JP McPatrick's Irish Pub - Lubbock, TX
3. J Patrick P McGillicutty's Irish Pub - Tulsa, OK
4. P Gillicutty J McPatrick's Irish Pub - Sarasota, FL
5. Mac PJ Gillicutty Patrick's Irish Pub - Colorado Springs, CO


I had a few Guinness here during a three month work assignment about a year ago... Good times...
photos.igougo.com
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-09-17 11:55:12 AM  

Dahnkster: 3. Dukes Waikiki (Honolulu, Oahu) Duke's on Sunday is a MUST. Henry Kapono should be enough to get you off your ass and down to the beach. Delicious boat drinks, mai tais, Waikiki sunset with slow dancing, sunsets, pretty wahines, cute surfers and canoe clubs. Tourists? You bet, but you don't live there anyway, now do ya? The savvy locals know that this is an awesome time for a lazy Hawaiian afternoon, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY!


Although i have had many a good sunday at Dukes, i am surprised you didn't go with La Mariana
 
2012-09-17 11:56:38 AM  
I would be remiss if I didn't mention Betty's and the Surly Girl in Columbus Ohio, and The Comet in Cincinnati Ohio. All 4 great places to drink.
 
2012-09-17 11:58:49 AM  
It's not a worldbeater, but my favorite is The Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC. It's like Belgian beer heaven.
 
2012-09-17 12:02:19 PM  
flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.
 
2012-09-17 12:05:29 PM  

Poorlytoldjoke: I would be remiss if I didn't mention Betty's and the Surly Girl in Columbus Ohio, and The Comet in Cincinnati Ohio. All 4 great places to drink.


All four, eh?
 
2012-09-17 12:16:28 PM  
This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."
 
2012-09-17 12:17:24 PM  
I used to live a few blocks from Club Deuce in Miami Beach. If the wind was blowing in the right direction, you could smell it a mile away.
 
2012-09-17 12:18:13 PM  
The Thirsty Whale in Newburyport, MA. Best dive ever!
 
2012-09-17 12:19:55 PM  
I never go to Vegas without getting afternoon drunk at the Double Down. such a great joint. Unpretentious, somewhat dirty bars are the best places to drink.

see also, Lucky 13 and the 540 Club in SF, Johnny's in Huntington Beach, the Volstead in Austin and the Hi-Fi on the Lower East Side.
 
2012-09-17 12:24:10 PM  

Poorlytoldjoke: I would be remiss if I didn't mention Betty's and the Surly Girl in Columbus Ohio, and The Comet in Cincinnati Ohio. All 4 great places to drink.


Too many hipsters at the Comet.
 
2012-09-17 12:32:59 PM  

Dahnkster: Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar.


Agreed. My two favorites in New Orleans are Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and Pravda.
 
2012-09-17 12:37:15 PM  

grimlaf: flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.



Yeah, I like "Bar Rescue", but Jon Taffer isn't interested in creating anything with character. He turns bars into nice, generic money-makers. That's generally what pisses of the owners of the bars he remodels - his changes suck all of the personality out of "their" place. In the end, though, a bar is there to make money, and I can't really disagree with Taffer's mercenary attitude.
 
2012-09-17 12:37:46 PM  

Dahnkster: 1. Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar. Lot's of room to drink. Great prices. A piano bar that can play or fake any song EVER written. Used to patrons that puke or can't hold their whiskey. A trough for the guys to pee in and a powder room for the ladies. Their specialty drink "The Hurricane' contains 3 shots of rum and liqueur. You WILL get 3 times as farked-up as the March of Dimes.



Please say you're saying this so the tourity types don't visit your local bar.
 
2012-09-17 12:39:00 PM  

Dahnkster: 3. Dukes Waikiki (Honolulu, Oahu) Duke's on Sunday is a MUST. Henry Kapono should be enough to get you off your ass and down to the beach. Delicious boat drinks, mai tais, Waikiki sunset with slow dancing, sunsets, pretty wahines, cute surfers and canoe clubs. Tourists? You bet, but you don't live there anyway, now do ya? The savvy locals know that this is an awesome time for a lazy Hawaiian afternoon, ESPECIALLY SUNDAY!



It really is awesome...especially during sunset.

Honorable mention:

The Irish Rose Saloon - Waikiki

I'm not sure if it still around, but I have a lot of love for that place mostly because they were the only bar not charging a cover during the year 2000 celebration.
 
2012-09-17 12:40:44 PM  

realmolo: grimlaf: flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.


Yeah, I like "Bar Rescue", but Jon Taffer isn't interested in creating anything with character. He turns bars into nice, generic money-makers. That's generally what pisses of the owners of the bars he remodels - his changes suck all of the personality out of "their" place. In the end, though, a bar is there to make money, and I can't really disagree with Taffer's mercenary attitude.



So much this.
 
I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars.  But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates.  Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.
 
2012-09-17 12:44:34 PM  

downstairs: realmolo: grimlaf: flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.


Yeah, I like "Bar Rescue", but Jon Taffer isn't interested in creating anything with character. He turns bars into nice, generic money-makers. That's generally what pisses of the owners of the bars he remodels - his changes suck all of the personality out of "their" place. In the end, though, a bar is there to make money, and I can't really disagree with Taffer's mercenary attitude.


So much this.
 
I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars.  But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates.  Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.


Except that pirate bar. That place needed the makeover, other than the stupid name he gave it. That owner and her husband are morans
 
2012-09-17 12:48:14 PM  
There's a reality show about renovating bars?
 
2012-09-17 12:49:34 PM  

Beerguy: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

[www.foodgps.com image 525x394]

They have 777 different beers here. 

[farm4.staticflickr.com image 640x480]


mlblogsredstatebluestate.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-09-17 12:51:05 PM  
I like his wife's cans
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2012-09-17 01:01:34 PM  
An hour later on Saturday, Billy Joel does a set.
 
2012-09-17 01:04:27 PM  
Also, Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly is pretty good.

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2012-09-17 01:12:50 PM  

downstairs: I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars. But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates. Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.


Oh that show is sooo much BS. He doesnt even do anything except act like an ass. All his buddies have the knowledge.
 
2012-09-17 01:13:59 PM  

jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."


Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.
 
2012-09-17 01:16:48 PM  
I like a place where the bartender shows you her tits when there is a small crowd. Then they have good cheap drinks. As a rum drinker, I do not care about the taste, only how cheap it is. I hate paying $4 for a shot when it only cost .25, so $2 rum shots are the best.
 
2012-09-17 01:17:29 PM  
Dive bar, one hour before happy hour, all is well.
 
2012-09-17 01:19:56 PM  
snakeandjakes.com

/ when everything else fails
//plus, it's always christmas
 
2012-09-17 01:20:24 PM  

Madbassist1: downstairs: I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars. But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates. Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.

Oh that show is sooo much BS. He doesnt even do anything except act like an ass. All his buddies have the knowledge.



Yeah.  He pretty much does nothing but open his eyes REALLY REALLY WIDE and stare down the owners and employees.
 
2012-09-17 01:23:15 PM  

CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.


I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.
 
2012-09-17 01:25:15 PM  
The one and only thing I miss about Vegas is the Double Down! Too many amazing nights there!
 
2012-09-17 01:27:04 PM  
Sybarite:

It's just a name. How many "Bar and Grills" have you seen where there hasn't been a working grill in thirty years? Hell, how many bars are called "The [something] Inn" despite being very clearly not an inn?


That's why I frequent "Paddy's Lunch," in Cambridge, MA. They just might be able to rustle up a stale packacge of peanuts if you ask nicely, and the bartender knows you.
 
2012-09-17 01:28:21 PM  
I have a great collection of bars here in Louisville. Can always get in, always have good drink deals, and the beer selection is top notch.
 
2012-09-17 01:28:42 PM  

Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.


I couldn't agree more. None of those places come to mind when I think about the best bars in the world.
 
2012-09-17 01:30:34 PM  
If you're drinking in Dublin, how can you not list The Stag's Head? Just for the architecture alone, then the history, the grub.

Duke's Waikiki as mentioned above would have to be on my list.

Musso & Frank's Grill is a great place to soak up old Hollywood and drink in Fitzgerald, Faulkner and Bukowski's footsteps.

If I had a TV show and an unlimited expense account I could probably narrow things down and add 2 more places to my list.
 
2012-09-17 01:34:26 PM  

Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.


West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.
 
2012-09-17 01:35:23 PM  
If you decide to drink in Louisville

Cahoots(best bar food ever)
Joes Older than Dirt(cheap)
Sergios World of Beers(1409 beers available)
3rd Street Dive(punk scene, cheap)
Meat(classic cocktails only, not cheap, must dress nice)
Holy Grale(hipster beer in an old church)
 
2012-09-17 01:38:22 PM  
agree with all the Bar Rescue comments, esp the "deep clean" one.

I don't expect my dive bars to be sterile... but some of those places' kitchens were farking nasty.

I must be getting old, in my youth my regular joint had wharf rats that could stand on their hind legs and steal a pitcher off your table. One night after close, a bounce nailed one, dead-on, with a pool ball. Bastard just turned and looked at him. We went home.
 
2012-09-17 01:47:34 PM  
There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.
 
2012-09-17 01:48:21 PM  

under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.
 
2012-09-17 01:49:17 PM  

under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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That might be his ex wife. His current wife is Italian and is a brunet.
 
2012-09-17 01:54:14 PM  

halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.


I serve loaded nachos just like in Ireland!
 
2012-09-17 01:55:46 PM  

CoonAce: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

I couldn't agree more. None of those places come to mind when I think about the best bars in the world.


Oh certainly not, I would never argue otherwise.

It's just a shame because there are some places in West Hollywood where it can be a lot of fun some nights and other nights it just becomes a cavalcade of douche.
 
2012-09-17 01:56:59 PM  

syberpud: I serve loaded nachos just like in Ireland!


Oh man: Platey O'Nachos!

Drooolll....
 
2012-09-17 01:58:36 PM  
Re: Bar Rescue. If you cannot make money with a bar, you are an idiot. 80% of the time, the owners don't even know how to cost out a menu. That goes for all the other restaurant rescue shows too. Everything you sell should make a profit.
 
2012-09-17 01:58:38 PM  

Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.


I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.
 
2012-09-17 02:06:56 PM  
My favorite is a place a couple towns over. The bar is next to a cigar shop. The guy who owns the cigar shop owns the bar, which makes it, by default, a cigar-friendly pub. The patrons range in age, but they tend towards just generally more respectful folk who like to get drunk. All ages, and all types. It will probably never make a TV show, but they pack the place almost every night, so they're doing something right.
 
2012-09-17 02:08:37 PM  

Lunchlady: Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.

I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.


There's places that don't try to be clubs that still do bottle service at an insane mark up. They claim to be "up-scale bars." It's insanity, how they get away with charging a grand for a $40 bottle of grey goose is seriously beyond me. People are just that stupid.

Yeah d-bags LOVE Stella these days. I'd rather cozy up to a nice IPA for half the price of your average glass/bottle of stella at a bar. Or, as you said, any number of mixed drinks that are often sold at a fraction of the cost.

I had heard that about Stella in pretty much all of Europe really. It's their PBR so to speak. I just wish it was as cheap here as it was there, but yeah the ad agency in question deserves a massive raise... and an award for best manipulation of public opinion this side of Barack Obama.
 
2012-09-17 02:08:56 PM  
I like Bourdain, but sorry, No Raffles - Singapore?

List fail
 
2012-09-17 02:12:53 PM  

scarmig: There's a reality show about renovating bars?



Yes, it's completely addictive.  Every show features a bar that is failing because the owners are holding onto some misguided theme, serving inedible food and drinks, or getting ripped off by employees.
 
2012-09-17 02:16:01 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: I like Bourdain, but sorry, No Raffles - Singapore?

List fail


He explained in one of his shows that it is a tourist trap. The hotel is very pretty and I did go there to drink a Singapore Sling. Pretty bar but I'm not sure it would be considered on a top 5 list.
 
2012-09-17 02:17:07 PM  

Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: Strategeryz0r: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

West Hollywood and the entirety of the Vegas strip. Anyone who actually gets bottle service is a monumental idiot. Guys bragging they dropped in excess of a grand on a single bottle of Grey Goose?

Dive bars ftw.

I wasn't even referring to places that try to be clubs, but I agree.

I was talking about places that sell Stella by the bottle for about 8 bucks each when you can get half the mix drinks on the menu for less. For some reason D-Bags love their Stella.

/Funny story, in the UK they call Stella "wife-beater" because it's about 3 pounds for a 4 pack of 12oz cans and is only bought by people who get drunk and beat their wives. It is regarded as the lowest of low class beers. Whatever ad agency they hired in the USA deserves a raise.

There's places that don't try to be clubs that still do bottle service at an insane mark up. They claim to be "up-scale bars." It's insanity, how they get away with charging a grand for a $40 bottle of grey goose is seriously beyond me. People are just that stupid.

Yeah d-bags LOVE Stella these days. I'd rather cozy up to a nice IPA for half the price of your average glass/bottle of stella at a bar. Or, as you said, any number of mixed drinks that are often sold at a fraction of the cost.

I had heard that about Stella in pretty much all of Europe really. It's their PBR so to speak. I just wish it was as cheap here as it was there, but yeah the ad agency in question deserves a massive raise... a ...


The thing is, Stella is fine if you don't expect more from it than what it is, a lot like PBR. I used to buy it all the time when I was a student in London because I was a cheapskate but the price over there is about what it's worth.

Some people just like wasting money. And in West Hollywood's case it's not even their money most of the time, it's Daddy's so what do they care?
 
2012-09-17 02:18:43 PM  

brap: scarmig: There's a reality show about renovating bars?


Yes, it's completely addictive.  Every show features a bar that is failing because the owners are holding onto some misguided theme, serving inedible food and drinks, or getting ripped off by employees.


Is it another Gordon Ramsay show? Featuring, starring , and directed by Gordon Ramsay?
 
2012-09-17 02:22:56 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"


As would I.
 
2012-09-17 02:24:43 PM  
So... one could, in fact, go to a shiatty bar to drink and watch a TV show about fixing up shiatty bars?
 
2012-09-17 02:27:06 PM  

Rapmaster2000: The way everyone else gets drunk is inferior to the way I get drunk.



Well played.
 
2012-09-17 02:27:10 PM  

Madbassist1: Generation_D: Good news, Anthony .. the Old Country Buffet is open at 4 o'clock too....

Nice to see you dont have the slightest idea of what a bar is about. Go ahead, wait till 1am to go in, go get your PBR, and try to bed some stupid coont, I don't need your hipsteritis contaminating my communion with my fellow alcoholics while we lament the years lost living inside a brown bottle and whiling away the hours telling lies (except me, of course) about all the great women we've farked, when in reality our pickled noodles couldn't get hard if Charlize Theron was standing in front of us, holding her ass cheeks open begging for sodomy followed by a nice round of A2M. Nay...NAY I say!!! 4 PM is not a place for kids...no sir. Let us professionals take care of that time, sonny.


If you are ever in the North end of Chicago, give this place a shot: Simon's Tavern Yes it has a neon fish with a viking helmet on its sign, but it comes by that honestly being one of the last hold-outs of "old" Andersonville ( which was Chicago's Swedish enclave before the neighborhood was colonized by Chicago's lesbian community) and if you go after they've started mixing up thier winter's supply of Glogg, then ordering a glass is almost mandatory. It will knock you on your ass, but in a warming, and comfortable way.  Two glasses and you won;t want to leave your bar stool except for emergencies, three and you'll be halfway through the chorus of a very rude Swedish sea shanty before remeber you don't actually speak Swedish
 
2012-09-17 02:27:11 PM  

Lunchlady: The thing is, Stella is fine if you don't expect more from it than what it is, a lot like PBR. I used to buy it all the time when I was a student in London because I was a cheapskate but the price over there is about what it's worth.

Some people just like wasting money. And in West Hollywood's case it's not even their money most of the time, it's Daddy's so what do they care?


Full disclosure, I actually really enjoy Stella when a want a completely non-offensive/safe beer. It tastes better than the American alternatives, and is high enough quality to keep me from having the worlds worst hang over the next day(I discovered my body can no longer tolerate Keystone like it used to). I just wish it was as cheap in the states as it is in Europe.

And you're absolutely right about wasting daddy's money. Places that offer bottle service are kept afloat by trust fund babies with no concept of money or what things are actually worth.
 
2012-09-17 02:28:16 PM  

cheezitmojo: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"

As would I.


Just make it a show about Tom drinking and trying to learn a new skill like macrame
 
2012-09-17 02:32:49 PM  

halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.


Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!
 
2012-09-17 02:32:50 PM  

CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.


So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?
 
2012-09-17 02:38:11 PM  

under a mountain: CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.

So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?


its Bourdain who has the new Italian wife. Taffer's is the blonde pictured.
 
2012-09-17 02:38:38 PM  

chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!


I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?
 
2012-09-17 02:39:17 PM  
Milton's Tap Room, Main Street, KCMO. The ultimate (at least it was, RIP)
 
2012-09-17 02:41:33 PM  
Turtle Kraals, Key West. Been there in my jammies for early am beers. No one noticed or cared

Good times
 
2012-09-17 02:41:53 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?


No shiat. I mean calling it Irish seems a bit redundant at that point.
 
2012-09-17 02:42:17 PM  

jackiepaper: under a mountain: CygnusDarius: under a mountain: I like his wife's cans
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I think that would be his ex.

So you guys are saying I have a chance?

I haven't seen the recent shows yet. Does he send in the new one with her cleavage hanging out, and gets upset when she gets hit on by drunk guys in a dive bar?

its Bourdain who has the new Italian wife. Taffer's is the blonde pictured.


Correct I was talking about Taffers wife.
 
2012-09-17 02:47:02 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?


When I reread it I realized you got me
 
2012-09-17 02:52:40 PM  
But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.
 
2012-09-17 02:54:00 PM  
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Surprisingly absent.
 
2012-09-17 03:04:04 PM  

Osomatic: But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.


Osomatic: But he forgot Blarney McIrish's Authentic Irishy Pub, in every city everywhere! They have all the authentic stuff, like giant flat screen TVs and potato skin nachos!

There's a couple places in and around LA I like, though.

I don't know the name of it, but it's on Highland across from the douchey Lucky Strike bowling alley. It's a great neighborhood place. Plus, you can take the Red Line there which is good for when you get blasted.

Red Lion in Silver Lake is pretty cool, though it does sometimes get filled up with the kind of people you meet in Silver Lake. Still, their back patio is a great place to hang out on a summer evening.

The Blue Room in Burbank used to be a pretty awesome dive, until LA Weekly wrote about it being a great dive. But by now maybe the hipsters have gone away.

Dave's, in Glendale, catty corner from City Hall. What a hole. I love it.


You're thinking of the Power House on Highland. Fun story about that place; opened the door to the bathroom and walked in on 3 dudes doing coke on the sink. Stood there in shock until one of them slammed the door on me. Why wouldn't you lock the door?!

Trivia night at Sardos in Burbank can be a fun time. The Draft on Whitsett and Riverside (Sherman Oaks? Studio City?) can be perfect if it's not crowded during the playoffs or something.
 
2012-09-17 03:04:41 PM  
There's a bar in the Lower Haight right near Church & Market Street in San Francisco called "The Orbit Room" that has a wide variety of absolutely INCREDIBLE cocktails in the $9-12 range (very reasonable for this goddamn expensive city) that skimp neither on flavor nor ABV. It's also very rarely crowded and has an amazing, super mellow atmosphere, which is doubly rare in that area. Once upon a time it was home to easily the greatest bartender I've ever encountered, but he's since departed.

/I'm Kent Brockman and that was my...two cents.
 
2012-09-17 03:08:12 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?


If you can order a "Black & Tan" without running the risk of getting glassed, it's not an authentic Irish bar.
 
2012-09-17 03:12:17 PM  

Girion47: I have a great collection of bars here in Louisville. Can always get in, always have good drink deals, and the beer selection is top notch.


The thing I loved about Louisville (aside from the Victorian architecture) was that every bar has a separate shelf reserved for bourbon. Just amazing.

Favorite bars:
Sip-and-Dip, Great Falls, Montana. A tiki bar in Montana, with a hot girl dressed in a mermaid suit.
O'Maddy's, Gulfport, FL. Getting a little too Stetsoned, but a great place. I've driven past there on Christmas morning and the place already has a few derelicts perched on the bar stools.
Florabama
Some farking bar in the mountains of central Costa Rica. Have no idea of the name, but I was the only white guy there, half-a-foot taller then everyone, but they were nice as hell to me, buying me drinks, teaching me bullriding techniques (despite the complete lack of any sort of props, much less a bull), even went to a cockfight with some of the regulars and then came back drinking.
Fairview Lounge, Fairview, ND/MT. Right on the state line. Bunch of beet farmers and cattle ranchers. Cops show up at closing time to offer folks a ride home. Caveat - haven't been there since the Bakken field opened up.
The Whitetail Lounge, Tennile, FL.
Alchemy, Tallahassee, FL - a little smug, but very chill
 
2012-09-17 03:19:23 PM  

Dahnkster: 5. Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store (Perdido Key near FL-AL state line) Don't go here if you don't like fun. Sure they might have a Jimmy Buffet-like acoustic guy... thing is, Buffet used to play and hang out. The place is PACKED to the hub with cute babes and young guys. The popularity of the place has it divided into 3 or 4 separate areas. There is a beach bar overlooking the Gulf, a club-dance section featuring the latest and classics in dance/country/club tunes. There's an inside rock bar with the usual cover band playing indy and rock standards. There's a mullet toss, sugar white beaches and emerald green water out back.


This!

/loved that place
 
2012-09-17 03:19:59 PM  
My personal favorite watering hole has to be Larry's Bar in Columbus, Ohio. What atmosphere. Charmingly grungy, with old wood paneling, high-backed booths, 50-cent-a-game pool table, nice beer selection, and easily the best jukebox I've ever encountered. Live music every so often and a weekly poetry slam run by some OSU grad students. I was very sad to hear that they closed down a few years back.
 
2012-09-17 03:29:31 PM  

Empty Matchbook: There's a bar in the Lower Haight right near Church & Market Street in San Francisco called "The Orbit Room" that has a wide variety of absolutely INCREDIBLE cocktails in the $9-12 range (very reasonable for this goddamn expensive city) that skimp neither on flavor nor ABV. It's also very rarely crowded and has an amazing, super mellow atmosphere, which is doubly rare in that area. Once upon a time it was home to easily the greatest bartender I've ever encountered, but he's since departed.

/I'm Kent Brockman and that was my...two cents.


Bourdain mentioned the place in his San Francisco episode.
 
2012-09-17 03:29:36 PM  

scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?



I'm pretty sure I've been to Fado, and I'm pretty sure halfof33 is being sarcastic.
 
2012-09-17 03:33:36 PM  

Robo Beat: scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?

If you can order a "Black & Tan" without running the risk of getting glassed, it's not an authentic Irish bar.


In DC there used to be two "Irish " bars right across the street from each other: Ireland's Four Provinces which was a lovely, classy place to eat and drink with gourmet food and lots of imported Irish beers on tap, and great nationally known Irish music acts every night.

Across the street was Nanny O'Brien's a dive of a place with an indifferent beer selection and whose best dish, by far, was their nacho's. In the back was a six-inch raised platform where a local band who maybe knew some Irish tunes might play twice a week.

Which one was the more "Authentic" Irish pub?
Nanny's hands down.

Partly because of their single bar-maid, the inimitable, and irepressible "Hurricane Meg", who was the finest server the world has ever known. Your glass got refilled just when you wanted it, but she never pestered you, or interrupted conversations at the table to pimp more booze. Partly it was because it truly was the kinda place you could go into on a random night, take a seat at the bar, and find yourself engrossed in a fascinating coversation, about nearly any subject, before an hour was out, if you wanted, or where you'd be left alone to drink and read, or listen to music when you didn't
 
2012-09-17 03:33:47 PM  

MonkeyAngst: Sybarite: The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."

Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.

It's just a name. How many "Bar and Grills" have you seen where there hasn't been a working grill in thirty years? Hell, how many bars are called "The [something] Inn" despite being very clearly not an inn?



Maybe it's just where I live, but all of the bar and grills have grills and everything with the word Inn has lodging.
 
2012-09-17 03:35:50 PM  
Really, I like all bars. They all evoke their own mood, their own distinct vibe. The best ones have a personality of their own.

In Chicago, I've always loved the Old Town Ale House

My favorite bar of all time was a little place called Max Tavern on Racine in Chicago, which closed many years ago. They had fun, unpretentious people hanging out there, amazingly diverse music all the time, dozens of globes hanging from the ceiling (for some damn reason), and one of those 4-pictures-for-a-dollar booths in the back of the room. To this day, I carry in my wallet a little b&w photo of myself and Mrs_Fab raising bottles of Augsburger, from back in our dating days. Loved that place, man.
 
2012-09-17 03:36:54 PM  

Robo Beat: If you can order a "Black & Tan" without running the risk of getting glassed, it's not an authentic Irish bar.


Very much this.
 
2012-09-17 03:37:16 PM  

Avonmore: I have to say that he is spot on about the Double Down in Vegas. It's an awesome grungy dive where I was lucky enough to once play punk rock bingo as hosted by a Juggalo Santa. Awesome juke box, cool bartenders, best of all it's way off the strip so you don't have to deal with the neon haze.

Their signature drink is called Ass Juice, and $5 will get you an Ass Juice and a Twinkie. $7 will get you an Ass Juice, a PBR, and a Slim Jim.

If that doesn't sound amazing then I don't know what does


You do realize that Ass Juice is a mat shot. i.e. the mat that they spill on while they make the drinks. They empty it out in a large container and use it for a shot.

I learned that the hard way.
//best bar in Vegas. Hands down.
 
2012-09-17 03:39:17 PM  
m.popstar.com
 
2012-09-17 03:40:38 PM  

realmolo: grimlaf: flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.


Yeah, I like "Bar Rescue", but Jon Taffer isn't interested in creating anything with character. He turns bars into nice, generic money-makers. That's generally what pisses of the owners of the bars he remodels - his changes suck all of the personality out of "their" place. In the end, though, a bar is there to make money, and I can't really disagree with Taffer's mercenary attitude.


And the "personality" in most of those places were absolute shiat.
 
2012-09-17 03:42:47 PM  
That's so weird - I always think of 4AM as Tom Waits time....
 
2012-09-17 03:47:03 PM  
Best bar I've ever had a pint in. They had a "penalty box" where people who got out of control could be locked in so they could finish their pint. That's fantastic.

cache.virtualtourist.com
 
2012-09-17 03:49:51 PM  

Dee Snarl: That's so weird - I always think of 4AM as Tom Waits time....


assets.rollingstone.com
 
2012-09-17 03:50:25 PM  

pute kisses like a man: [snakeandjakes.com image 545x458]

/ when everything else fails
//plus, it's always christmas



This thread has a winner. Until you have been to Snake and Jakes you cannot say you have been in a real dive bar.
 
2012-09-17 03:52:38 PM  
DNFTFT, but if any of them were good, they are now ruined for the next 3-5 years. Good money in that, but you pissed off some regulars.
 
2012-09-17 03:58:40 PM  

Lunchlady: CoonAce: Lunchlady: CoonAce: jaybeezey: This article could also be titled: "5 bars that will be full of D-Bags after this article gets released."

Douchebags always float in & flush out of any joint. When the bartenders are a little salty and there is an absence of craft beer & artisanal cocktails, fewer douchebags hang around, for some reason.

I don't know there are some places where the douchebags are the main money makers at most places so they do everything they can to attract them.

/Looking at you West Hollywood.

I couldn't agree more. None of those places come to mind when I think about the best bars in the world.

Oh certainly not, I would never argue otherwise.

It's just a shame because there are some places in West Hollywood where it can be a lot of fun some nights and other nights it just becomes a cavalcade of douche.


There is a certain plus to being a regular when the douches arrive. My friends and I provide an island of non-douchery along the bar in many a CVille VA establishment.

When the UVA fratdouchebags show up, the bartenders are very happy to have us there. Many nights Ive left with a sub $10 tab after a night of drinking, which has been subsidized by the greeks and their $15 mojitos.
 
2012-09-17 04:05:52 PM  

downtownkid: pute kisses like a man: [snakeandjakes.com image 545x458]

/ when everything else fails
//plus, it's always christmas


This thread has a winner. Until you have been to Snake and Jakes you cannot say you have been in a real dive bar.


I love a bar that, everytime I leave, I swear that I'll never return. of course, the sun is usually up when I leave, so my ability to make insightful statements about the future is very limited.

/ heard an interview with the owner, he talked about how a local writer would come in all the time, usually yelling, "I'm liquor store robbing drunk - give me a shot!
// interestingly, anthony bourdain had this writer on one of his shows in nola.
 
2012-09-17 04:14:21 PM  
 
2012-09-17 04:16:08 PM  

Ecobuckeye: Poorlytoldjoke: I would be remiss if I didn't mention Betty's and the Surly Girl in Columbus Ohio, and The Comet in Cincinnati Ohio. All 4 great places to drink.

All four, eh?


I was going to include dive bar in cincy, and retracted, and forgot to change that part.
 
2012-09-17 04:16:18 PM  

Sybarite: MonkeyAngst: Sybarite: The Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge, New York
"It's a remnant of another era. There's no mixologist behind the bar. If you were to order a drink with more than two components, you'd get the dirty look."

Doesn't sound like much of a cocktail lounge.

It's just a name. How many "Bar and Grills" have you seen where there hasn't been a working grill in thirty years? Hell, how many bars are called "The [something] Inn" despite being very clearly not an inn?

Maybe it's just where I live, but all of the bar and grills have grills and everything with the word Inn has lodging.


Well, that would indeed be just where you live. I can't think of an example of a bar and grill without a grill, but I can think of a few "Inns" here in Austin -- Scoot Inn, Longbranch Inn -- without lodging.

My point was that putting "Cocktail Lounge" in the name of the bar should not be construed to imply that they have either cocktails or lounging.
 
2012-09-17 04:24:47 PM  
Just a dive bar at the beach, but and AWESOME dive bar at the beach.

www.thestarboard.com
 
2012-09-17 04:30:07 PM  

Leopold Stotch: Just a dive bar at the beach, but and AWESOME dive bar at the beach.

[www.thestarboard.com image 422x212]


Oh god....the blurry flashbacks....
 
2012-09-17 04:35:19 PM  

jackiepaper: downstairs: realmolo: grimlaf: flipping channels, I came across the show "Bar Rescue"; host was wanting to bring in this "mixologist" girl to create some mashmallow-vodka/lime juice horror, some other douche to teach the regular bartenders to flip around bottles...
others can do as they like but if I walked in to my neighborhood bar and saw that crap... I would move.
I went in last weekend, sat at the end of the bar. Place was busy but the bartender waved at me. Minute later, he walked down, said hi, and slid me a glass of bourbon. I sat and read my book, he kept my glass filled until I told him goodnight, paid my tab and left.
that is how it should be.


Yeah, I like "Bar Rescue", but Jon Taffer isn't interested in creating anything with character. He turns bars into nice, generic money-makers. That's generally what pisses of the owners of the bars he remodels - his changes suck all of the personality out of "their" place. In the end, though, a bar is there to make money, and I can't really disagree with Taffer's mercenary attitude.


So much this.
 
I watch the show because I like seeing the goings on behind the scenes at various bars.  But yeah, he totally sucks the character out of every bar he renovates.  Most don't need renovation, they just need better management and a deep-clean.

Except that pirate bar. That place needed the makeover, other than the stupid name he gave it. That owner and her husband are morans


Sweet! I have a new show to watch! I'm watching the pirate bar right now, and yeah, those people are nuts.
 
2012-09-17 04:59:52 PM  

pute kisses like a man: I love a bar that, everytime I leave, I swear that I'll never return. of course, the sun is usually up when I leave, so my ability to make insightful statements about the future is very limited.

/ heard an interview with the owner, he talked about how a local writer would come in all the time, usually yelling, "I'm liquor store robbing drunk - give me a shot!"
// interestingly, anthony bourdain had this writer on one of his shows in nola.



Ok... let me guess.  I'll take Chris Rose for $800.
 
Do I win?
 
2012-09-17 05:03:59 PM  

Magorn: Robo Beat: scarmig: chitownmike: halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.

Really, fado, that's the best irish bar in chicago? Best burger must be at rock and roll mcdonalds then
/you suck!

I wrote it off as a subtle troll. I mean, nobody is stupid enough to say a bar serving an "Irish Car Bomb" is an authentic Irish bar. Nobody.

Right?

If you can order a "Black & Tan" without running the risk of getting glassed, it's not an authentic Irish bar.

In DC there used to be two "Irish " bars right across the street from each other: Ireland's Four Provinces which was a lovely, classy place to eat and drink with gourmet food and lots of imported Irish beers on tap, and great nationally known Irish music acts every night.

Across the street was Nanny O'Brien's a dive of a place with an indifferent beer selection and whose best dish, by far, was their nacho's. In the back was a six-inch raised platform where a local band who maybe knew some Irish tunes might play twice a week.

Which one was the more "Authentic" Irish pub?
Nanny's hands down.

Partly because of their single bar-maid, the inimitable, and irepressible "Hurricane Meg", who was the finest server the world has ever known. Your glass got refilled just when you wanted it, but she never pestered you, or interrupted conversations at the table to pimp more booze. Partly it was because it truly was the kinda place you could go into on a random night, take a seat at the bar, and find yourself engrossed in a fascinating coversation, about nearly any subject, before an hour was out, if you wanted, or where you'd be left alone to drink and read, or listen to music when you didn't


The former 4Ps just reopened as The Uptown Tavern methinks, and its gone now. It's all fancy with tableclothes and an oyster bar and shiat. Nannies carries on

/just started working at Murphys in Woodley Park, we're still pretty divey & Irish. Will buy you a beer when you come in. Wildly hungover right now from too many after hours Kilkennys
//and if you want dive bars in that neck of the woods, head to the Zoo bar
 
2012-09-17 05:06:41 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Dee Snarl: That's so weird - I always think of 4AM as Tom Waits time....

[assets.rollingstone.com image 301x300]


Yeah. Exactly. :)
 
2012-09-17 05:29:41 PM  

downstairs: pute kisses like a man: I love a bar that, everytime I leave, I swear that I'll never return. of course, the sun is usually up when I leave, so my ability to make insightful statements about the future is very limited.

/ heard an interview with the owner, he talked about how a local writer would come in all the time, usually yelling, "I'm liquor store robbing drunk - give me a shot!"
// interestingly, anthony bourdain had this writer on one of his shows in nola.


Ok... let me guess.  I'll take Chris Rose for $800.
 
Do I win?


correct.

you win the opportunity to tell people that you're "liquor store robbing drunk" next time you go out. I love that sentence. maybe it doesn't have the same appeal to others, but I think it's the best thing I've heard in a while.
 
2012-09-17 05:33:53 PM  
I'll add Ye Olde Tap Room in Detroit to that list - was a speakeasy during prohibition and still functioning with very few changes today. I think it's their 100yr anniversary this year too. CSB:I once beat Meg White in darts and she bought us a round there (still use metal tipped darts, not that plastic crap). I miss the beer garden out back with the barb wire keeping the riff raff out.
 
2012-09-17 05:50:45 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Beerguy: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

There's a place for bars like that, but too often they are sort of gimmicky, are out of whatever your first and second choices were, and have terribly kitschy atmosphere..


Naja's should definitely count as a dive - the music is too loud, the furniture is dented and sticky, and the food is made by a very busy guy running a griddle in full view of everybody. The list of beers on tap is kept on a whiteboard over the bar. They just happen to have some insanely delicious beer - and also Bud Lite, if that's what the occasion calls for. They wouldn't know a gimmick if it bit them.

/Lives within walking distance.
//Has had difficulty walking back.
 
2012-09-17 06:08:07 PM  

hugram: Lt. Cheese Weasel: I like Bourdain, but sorry, No Raffles - Singapore?

List fail

He explained in one of his shows that it is a tourist trap. The hotel is very pretty and I did go there to drink a Singapore Sling. Pretty bar but I'm not sure it would be considered on a top 5 list.


Then you didn't partake of the other important part of that bar's services. The hookers. All you had to do is ask the bartender and he would lay down a long list of numbers for a nominal fee. Top shelf pussy, white boy, A numbah one, they love you looong time.
 
2012-09-17 06:14:18 PM  

hulk hogan meat shoes: Re: Bar Rescue. If you cannot make money with a bar, you are an idiot. 80% of the time, the owners don't even know how to cost out a menu. That goes for all the other restaurant rescue shows too. Everything you sell should make a profit.


I'm not sure that's true. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but don't a lot of restaurants lose a little on their food hoping to make it up on drinks?
 
2012-09-17 06:21:10 PM  
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Charlie's Bar in Aruba.
 
2012-09-17 06:30:39 PM  
The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.
 
2012-09-17 06:32:57 PM  

Erik_Emune: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Beerguy: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

There's a place for bars like that, but too often they are sort of gimmicky, are out of whatever your first and second choices were, and have terribly kitschy atmosphere..

Naja's should definitely count as a dive - the music is too loud, the furniture is dented and sticky, and the food is made by a very busy guy running a griddle in full view of everybody. The list of beers on tap is kept on a whiteboard over the bar. They just happen to have some insanely delicious beer - and also Bud Lite, if that's what the occasion calls for. They wouldn't know a gimmick if it bit them.

/Lives within walking distance.
//Has had difficulty walking back.


You live within WALKING distance to Naja's? That means you are also within walking distance to Tony's on the pier. Where you can get the best fried clams and their famous Mai Tai.

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You lucky bastard
 
2012-09-17 07:08:54 PM  
Only one I've been to on there is Double Down Saloon. It was okay. I don't mind the dive bar atmosphere at all, but there's an identical one of these bars in pretty much every city and moderately sized town. Not sure what makes this one special, unless it was just an off night.
 
2012-09-17 07:14:47 PM  
Clancy's Irish Pub - Every City, USA.
 
2012-09-17 07:26:53 PM  
Uhhh, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this guy a recovering heroin addict? I thought those unstable folks were supposed to avoid places like bars because getting drunk is just a half-step away from dancing with Mr. Brownstone again.
 
2012-09-17 08:05:30 PM  

2words1finger: Uhhh, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this guy a recovering heroin addict? I thought those unstable folks were supposed to avoid places like bars because getting drunk is just a half-step away from dancing with Mr. Brownstone again.


Who cares? Gimme a drink.
 
2012-09-17 08:19:35 PM  
Has been a favorite for 20+ years. Will be there in 30 days which will be probably my 50th visit.

Ocracoke Island, NC

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-17 08:21:04 PM  

Beerguy: You lucky bastard


I am much, much luckier than I could ever claim to deserve. Never been much of a Mai Tai guy, but I will give it a try with that heartfelt recommendation.
 
2012-09-17 08:57:46 PM  

All2morrowsparTs: Avonmore: I have to say that he is spot on about the Double Down in Vegas. It's an awesome grungy dive where I was lucky enough to once play punk rock bingo as hosted by a Juggalo Santa. Awesome juke box, cool bartenders, best of all it's way off the strip so you don't have to deal with the neon haze.

Their signature drink is called Ass Juice, and $5 will get you an Ass Juice and a Twinkie. $7 will get you an Ass Juice, a PBR, and a Slim Jim.

If that doesn't sound amazing then I don't know what does

You do realize that Ass Juice is a mat shot. i.e. the mat that they spill on while they make the drinks. They empty it out in a large container and use it for a shot.

I learned that the hard way.
//best bar in Vegas. Hands down.


Reminds me of this linked bit from Paul F. Tompkins' first HBO stand up special Driven To Drink:

sober world vs. the drinking world/the tale of Dirty Frank's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUYeF0xdvNc

a dollop of NSFW language

(mind the URL gaps)
 
2012-09-17 09:00:16 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Dee Snarl: That's so weird - I always think of 4AM as Tom Waits time....


One of my all-time favorite albums.


I also caught the movie version of "Big Time" late one drunken night after I came home to crash. I wasn't sure if I was drunk or tripping.
 
2012-09-17 09:04:24 PM  
I tried to link it directly to the beginning of the intended bit (16:02). User fail.

The whole thing's worth a watch though.
 
2012-09-17 09:45:10 PM  

W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.


Been there.
 
2012-09-17 09:55:34 PM  

cheezitmojo: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"

As would I.


Hasn't he been sober for like 10 years?
 
2012-09-17 10:32:48 PM  

titwrench: cheezitmojo: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: I would watch a show called "The Tom Waits Drinking Hour"

As would I.

Hasn't he been sober for like 10 years?


It's a contrived act.
 
2012-09-17 10:33:55 PM  

halfof33: There is a great AUTHENTICIrish pub bar in Chicago called Fado.

Their house drink is called an "Irish Car Bomb" and they have the coldest Bud Light in the City.


Lol, I live across the street from the one in Philly. They held auditions for a new Real World there last year. The year before, Sting hung out, had a few pints and watched soccer.

Beerguy: Also, Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly is pretty good.


While I feel Monk's has a better beer selection, Eulogy has the best fries in the city. Problem is, I can easily stumble home drunk off me arse from Monk's. For Eulogy, I have to take a bus or cab back.
 
2012-09-17 10:38:23 PM  

titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.


Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?
 
2012-09-17 10:50:20 PM  

Beerguy: Also, Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly is pretty good.

[tlfagan.files.wordpress.com image 500x324]

[media.philly.com image 600x400]


Monk's simply points at you and laughs.

There are so many good bars in Philly, I can't even list them. If you live here, you know them and you've drunk in most of them. You also know enough to send tourists to Finnegan's Wake.

Pandora's Litterbox: Dirty Frank's.


Yes, used to live around the corner from there. Stayed the hell out of it to protect my liver.
 
2012-09-17 10:54:01 PM  

KierzanDax: While I feel Monk's has a better beer selection, Eulogy has the best fries in the city. Problem is, I can easily stumble home drunk off me arse from Monk's. For Eulogy, I have to take a bus or cab back.


You beat me to Monk's but Abbaye is my favorite Belgian bar in the city.
 
2012-09-17 10:55:26 PM  

W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?


The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.
 
2012-09-17 11:40:22 PM  

titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.


Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.
 
2012-09-17 11:55:38 PM  

jackiepaper: I never go to Vegas without getting afternoon drunk at the Double Down. such a great joint. Unpretentious, somewhat dirty bars are the best places to drink.

see also, Lucky 13 and the 540 Club in SF, Johnny's in Huntington Beach, the Volstead in Austin and the Hi-Fi on the Lower East Side.


Love the Lucky 13! But for the true dive action, nothing beats Mr. Bing's. Hemlock is nice too; usually crowded and loud at night, but there's enough room there that the crowds aren't a problem.
 
2012-09-18 12:01:07 AM  
For dives in SD: The Alibi- classically divey, Casbah- musically divey, Victor's Cocktails - pool divey.
 
2012-09-18 12:04:38 AM  

downstairs: Dahnkster: 1. Pat O'briens (New Orleans) Great bar. Lot's of room to drink. Great prices. A piano bar that can play or fake any song EVER written. Used to patrons that puke or can't hold their whiskey. A trough for the guys to pee in and a powder room for the ladies. Their specialty drink "The Hurricane' contains 3 shots of rum and liqueur. You WILL get 3 times as farked-up as the March of Dimes.


Please say you're saying this so the tourity types don't visit your local bar.


Would agree with this. Can't stand the endless procession of (really bad/obnoxious) tourists in Pat O's. And, FWIW, there used to be a bar in NO, Port Orleans, that had a "Port Storm Hurricane" - made with 151 rum and Everclear. I made the mistake of ordering two one time. Not sure if it's still there - kind of scared to check.

Thinking about it for just a few minutes, my list, in no particular order:

Flora-Bama - already mentioned multiple times, but my goodness what a great place. You'll never know true silliness until you drunkenly throw a mullet (fish not hair) across a state line while being cheered by a mindless mob.

Buddy's Place, Richmond, VA - as someone who used to live in Richmond's Fan District, there was nothing better than a "snow day" when all the businesses were closed. Locals knew that you had better reserve your booth at Buddy's by 10am or you weren't sitting down the rest of the day.

Bar Raya, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Laguna Nigel, CA - the view of the Pacific is just to die for.

Proud Larry's, Oxford, MS - can probably be exchanged for any traditional college town bar, but this is the one where I got into a martini-drinking challenge with PJ O'Rourke while Mose Allison played live, so it holds a special place in my heart.

The Boom Boom Room, Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI - I lived through 14 months of hell on a project in Providence, and the Boom Boom Room was a welcome relief every day (yeah, I commuted from Newport to Providence - it was only 40 minutes each way). If he hasn't died by now, I'm guessing old Linc is still holding court at the bar right now and, if so, I doff my cap at thee, good sir.

Honorable Mention:

Piggy's Attache & The ODC (Old Dominion Club?), Richmond, VA - basically the late night spots in Richmond where all the strippers went after work. Piggy's (now out of business) had the added bonus of having a fat, old guy in a barber chair decide whether he'd let you in or not.
 
2012-09-18 12:05:48 AM  

W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.

Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.


I used to hang out at First Street my ex used to bartenders there. I also frequented the Saloon, The Office and the Shanty. The Surf and Saddle was fun but to "locals only". The many incarnations of the bar by La Paloma. I used to live in Encinitas too.
 
2012-09-18 12:07:53 AM  

erratick: For dives in SD: The Alibi- classically divey, Casbah- musically divey, Victor's Cocktails - pool divey.


Never been to Victor's where is that?
 
2012-09-18 12:23:42 AM  

titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.

Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.

I used to hang out at First Street my ex used to bartenders there. I also frequented the Saloon, The Office and the Shanty. The Surf and Saddle was fun but to "locals only". The many incarnations of the bar by La Paloma. I used to live in Encinitas too.


Do you remember the Indian from 1st street? I am still close with all the
girls that work there.

/Rocky Horror, man
 
2012-09-18 12:36:06 AM  

W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.

Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.

I used to hang out at First Street my ex used to bartenders there. I also frequented the Saloon, The Office and the Shanty. The Surf and Saddle was fun but to "locals only". The many incarnations of the bar by La Paloma. I used to live in Encinitas too.

Do you remember the Indian from 1st street? I am still close with all the
girls that work there.

/Rocky Horror, man


Don't remember an Indian. I was floating around Encinitas from 93-05 I'm sure our paths crossed.
 
2012-09-18 01:06:05 AM  

titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.

Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.

I used to hang out at First Street my ex used to bartenders there. I also frequented the Saloon, The Office and the Shanty. The Surf and Saddle was fun but to "locals only". The many incarnations of the bar by La Paloma. I used to live in Encinitas too.

Do you remember the Indian from 1st street? I am still close with all the
girls that work there.

/Rocky Horror, man

Don't remember an Indian. I was floating around Encinitas from 93-05 I'm sure our paths crossed.


Yep.... Cheers..... I remember we had a fart machine.There was a bench out front.
We would take turns sitting on the bench as people walked by and lift our legs
like a juicy growler is coming from 1 of us..more people laughed than not.One
chick inside the bar said I was stinkin up the place.

/'86-06

//still do happy hour in there on fridays when I can.
 
2012-09-18 01:11:31 AM  

W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: The Swallow's Inn in San Juan Capistrano.They have bras from the '50's
hanging from the ceiling,and some of the rauchiest porn on the walls in the bathroom.

Been there.

Tit.Or Mr.Wrench, what bar is you're favorite dive bar in San Diego?

The Ould Sod is my home away from home. I also like Live Wire, The Red Fox Room and Bar Pink. If I chose to venture out of the neighborhood I enjoy Churchill's in North County, The Golden Tee in Carlsbad, McPs in Coronado, the Plank in IB. I could name a hundred more.

Ahh.The Golden Tee.When they banned smoking in bars here back in 1999 I think it was.
You could still smoke in The Tee,as far back as 2004.Haven't been there in years.I lived in
Encinitas,so It was 1st Street bar.Has since been taking over, not the same.

I used to hang out at First Street my ex used to bartenders there. I also frequented the Saloon, The Office and the Shanty. The Surf and Saddle was fun but to "locals only". The many incarnations of the bar by La Paloma. I used to live in Encinitas too.

Do you remember the Indian from 1st street? I am still close with all the
girls that work there.

/Rocky Horror, man

Don't remember an Indian. I was floating around Encinitas from 93-05 I'm sure our paths crossed.

Yep.... Cheers..... I remember we had a fart machine.There was a bench out front.
We would take turns sitting on the bench as people walked by and lift our legs
like a juicy growler is coming from 1 of us..more people laughed than not.One
chick inside the bar said I was stinkin up the place.

/'86-06

//still do happy hour in there on fridays when I can.


Did you know Chris Magnuson and his crew or Brett Brettson
 
2012-09-18 01:50:11 AM  

titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever: titwrench: W.C.fields forever:


Did you know Chris Magnuson and his crew or Brett Brettson


No. I was happy hour.scotty Caeser Kerry Anne/Tahnee/big Al /Jonny Frank/Debb.
and of course Amy/Lori/Laura/Erica/Best bartenders ive ever had,walk in no matter
how many peeps were there I was served within a minute.
 
2012-09-18 03:47:45 AM  
All my favorite bars are in Minneapolis. (I'm not a native, nor have I ever lived or gone to school there.)

The old standby is Nye's Polonaise Room, which is actually two rooms -- one with a piano player who lets you do the singing, and one hosting "The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band."

There are a number of real-deal Irish bars in Minneapolis, the best of which is The Local. Kieran's and Keegan's also get it done.

Right down the street from The Local is Brit's Pub, which is probably my favorite of them all. There's always footie on the TV, lawn bowling on the balcony, and Boddington's on tap.

And I almost forgot the big-ass tiki bar called Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Donny Dirk's Zombie Den...
 
2012-09-18 08:51:52 AM  
If I go to a bar at all, it's Willy's at St. Pete Beach. It's got all the good parts of a beach bar without being tourist-trap hell or ridiculously expensive. I used to live in the neighborhood, and it's the kind of place where you can walk by, and as soon as the place opens at 8am you'll see the same four or five old farts who have been there every day for just shy of forever sitting at the bar, each nursing a beer and a plate of bacon and eggs. The beer's cheap, the food will stop your heart just looking at it but is cheap and pretty good, and the obnoxious tourists all go to the "real" beach bars and leave Willy's more or less alone for the locals.
 
2012-09-18 10:28:17 PM  

titwrench: erratick: For dives in SD: The Alibi- classically divey, Casbah- musically divey, Victor's Cocktails - pool divey.

Never been to Victor's where is that?


That is down on Convoy. Looks like a hell hole. Pool tables and serious drinking. No upscale stuff.
 
2012-09-19 01:12:05 AM  

Erik_Emune: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Beerguy: Naja's Place, Redondo Beach, Cali

There's a place for bars like that, but too often they are sort of gimmicky, are out of whatever your first and second choices were, and have terribly kitschy atmosphere..

Naja's should definitely count as a dive - the music is too loud, the furniture is dented and sticky, and the food is made by a very busy guy running a griddle in full view of everybody. The list of beers on tap is kept on a whiteboard over the bar. They just happen to have some insanely delicious beer - and also Bud Lite, if that's what the occasion calls for. They wouldn't know a gimmick if it bit them.

/Lives within walking distance.
//Has had difficulty walking back.


Naja's is lovely and in a marina. Great place to try a new beer or two in the afternoon or at sunset before it gets jammed packed. My second favorite beer spot after The Trappist in Oakland.
 
2012-09-19 12:15:52 PM  
Probably my most frequented bar is JJ Bittings in Woodbridge NJ. It's in the old train station and they make their own beer which ranges from pretty good to fantastic. A lot of families eat there but the bar area is great. See a lot of buds from our high school years. They're actually hosting the Woodbridge NJ beerfest this Saturday. Missed the last 3 years - not this year, daggummit!

Right down the road is the Main Tavern, which is truly a dive. I've only been a few times but my friend has been drinking there since he was like 15 (the bartender wasn't too happy when he went in on his 21st). But, man, he has some ridiculous stories from his days there. Must go more often. Cheap.

Another friend lives near this other dive in North Arlington, the Coppermine. They always have a great rotating cast of beers (I just missed the 120 minute on tap), friendly owner and you can yap on for days about good beer. They have brewery tasting days and home-brew nights, too.

The Zeppelin beer garden in Jersey City is pretty fun. The Ginger Man in NYC is a little pricey and usually crowded but has one of the best beer menus in town.
 
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