25 Best Dive Bars in America

Best Dive Bars In America
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A dive bar is a disreputable bar or pub where local residents gather to drink and socialize. Have you ever walked into a bar, looked around, and thought, “Wow, this place could really use some work?” or maybe “This bar is really one of a kind” or even “I can’t believe they are playing that song?” If the answer is yes to any of the above, chances are you were in a dive bar; and if we had to guess, you were probably about to experience a night you would never forget.

Of course, if this place was a true dive, at low enough prices for the alcohol, you might have ended up wishing you could forget it, or not remembering it at all.

In order to direct you that dive bar you should be going, I have compiled a short list of more than a hundred of ultimate dive bars in America and rank they based on four categories that make bar a dive.

First, it must have a good jukebox, ultimate time wasters such as pool, drafts, darts, or karaoke. Next, is a look at food and drinks offered and their prices?

Finally, I consider that intangible, overall character. From seedy salons to ramshackle road houses, these are most beloved dive bars in every major American city.

With this information, It narrowed the number to 25.