brap: My favorite dive bar is my favorite for a few reasons.1. They serve buckets of ice-cold 10 oz. crap beer in tiny bottles for the price of one beer at many places.2. The bartenders are borderline elderly power-dykes that don't take shiate from ANYONE3. They open at 8 in the morning and there are still old-school bookies that show up for work every day4. The jukebox was a cultural relic all Cher and Tom Jones.
tallguywithglasseson: Heh, first thing I thought to differentiate "dive bar" from "good dive bar" was not having to watch the guy who keeps looking at me like he might get stabby.
WTF Indeed: One free of hipsters.
L.D. Ablo: that's in an undisclosed place in Los Angeles County.
Tellingthem: The perfect dive bar is the one where you are so drunk that you puke outside or in the bathroom and they will still serve you.
TomD9938: A good dive-bar permits underaged drinking.
AverageAmericanGuy: Seriously? I don't get the fascination with "dive bars". The past couple years I've been back stateside, I've heard the term thrown around much more than any other time in my life. Everyone wants to go to dive bars. Did you go to that dive bar out in Belltown? Or the dive bar in the U District? Or the dive bar on Capitol Hill?A place is a dive if it's dirty, run down, and has sketchy clientele. What's the point of going to one? A desperate search for authenticity? What is less authentic than pretending to be of a social class other than your own?
The One True TheDavid: Capacious urinals.[www.urinal.net image 578x400]
Rufus Lee King: [stallsandwalls.com image 512x384]
ChewbaccaJones: Concrete floors.Cheap beer on tap.Ashtrays that the staff doesn't bother to empty often.LOTS of Black Sabbath on the jukebox...which is LOUD. MUST BE LOUD.Real Darts (no lame-ass digital ones)Pool Tables.Bartenders that are more interesting than any people you would regularly talk to at a higher-class bar.Patrons that are freshly out of jail and/or missing most of their teeth....That is a dive (aka "GOOD") bar.
fusillade762: Rufus Lee King: [stallsandwalls.com image 512x384]There's a bar here in downtown Portland that has a sign behind the bar that says "You cannot smell like pee and drink here."
duffman13: A dive bar is kind of like pornagraphy. I can't explain it to you, but I know it when I see it.I've been to several different types of dive bars over the years. Random basement bars in DC and NYC. a little Tiki bar in hawaii that was off the beaten path enough that tourists never knew about it. Redneck bars in the florida panhandle that did way too much karaoke. And a absolute dump next to my old apartment in Virginia Beach.There are only 2 things that I see in common with all of these: a don't-give-a-fark attitude with the clientele, and genuinely interesting bartenders.Oh and no hipsters, they ruin everything.
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