Friday, 16 July 2010
This is a guest post from Just A Guy Thing.
Adair's Saloon In Dallas, Texas
Although this article is two years old, the beauty of dive bars is that they never change and never seem to go out of business, so the info here is probably as relevant as it was in sumer of ‘08. The awesomely named sloshspot.com put together a modest list of some of the best dive bars in the land. They overlooked my fave (Cherry Bomb in San Diego) but all the places listed look pretty great.
For all the praise and attention clubs and lounges get, there is something amazingly sublime about finding a dive bar and making it your own. No matter how many times you get on the list and get into a hot club, it’s a feeling that just can’t be replicated by the upscale spots. Torn red vinyl booths, pool tables with graffiti, and a crappy baseball game being shown on a 19-inch TV from 1989 can almost always make drinks and company more enjoyable than house music and an $11 Corona.
in addition to being a home-away-from-home, dive bars have without question some of the most random and awesome names that blow away the swankier set. You enjoy your bottle service at Myst or Light or whatever, and I’ll be listening to The Kinks on an old jukebox while throwing down shots of Maker’s with a Budweiser back.
As an aside, I’ve also come to the realization that it’s probably not a coincidence that the best dive bars are almost always situated within a block of a laundromat. Just an observation.