The Best Dive Bar in Every State

Bellying up at a low-key bar is one of the best ways to experience a destination

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We’re dedicating our September features to food and drink. One of our favorite parts of travel is the joy of trying a new cocktail, snagging a reservation at a great restaurant, or supporting a local wine region. Now, to celebrate the flavors that teach us about the world, we put together a collection of tasty features, including chefs’ top tips for eating well on the roadhow to choose an ethical food tour, the wonders of ancient indigenous cooking traditions, and a chat with Hollywood taco impresario Danny Trejo.

To really learn about and experience a destination, belly up at an unpretentious bar—full of poets and artists, down-and-outers and college students, bums and dreamers—and order a pint of beer for a slice of authentic homegrown culture. Whether you want to hear the local talent at an open-mic night, bump elbows with diverse patrons from a wide range of age groups, or have a night out for casual down-home fun, here are the best dive bars in every state.

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Alabama: The Flying Harpoon

Bar food

Courtesy of The Flying Harpoon

Address
23479 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561-3006, USA
Phone +1 251-981-8100

Self-described as a “po'boy pub on the bayou,” The Flying Harpoon is a favorite among Alabama’s Gulf Shores residents. While in town, treat yourself to live music and karaoke, homemade Cajun dishes, and the perfect place to watch the sunset with a signature Bloody Mary in hand. The indoor space is funky, a bit cluttered, and open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. You’ll find that it’s easy to whittle away the hours at this spot.

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Alaska: Van’s Dive Bar

Bar sign

Van’s Dive Bar

Address
1027 E 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501-2738, USA
Phone +1 907-929-5464

The state’s largest city by population is Anchorage, and it’s here that you’ll find Van’s Dive Bar. Folks come for the live music, performed on a small corner stage, a round of darts or pool, and a bottle of cold beer. Be sure to notice the outdoor changeable letter sign with messages like: “Whiskey Won’t Solve Your Problem But Worth A Shot” or “Bikers Welcome” or “We Have Beer As Cold As Your Ex’s Heart.”

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Arizona: The Bikini Lounge

Bar in Arizona

The Bikini Lounge

Address
1502 NW Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
Phone +1 602-252-0472

If you like—no, love—a good tiki lounge, then The Bikini Lounge in Phoenix is for you. This old bar opened in 1947, and much of the interior looks like it has been frozen in time. Don your best Hawaiian shirt, carry plenty of cash, and bring your sense of kitschy adventure for a night out that includes all the Mai Tai drinks you can handle.

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Arkansas: Bentonville Dive

Dive bar in Arkansas

Bentonville Dive

Address
115 NW 2nd St, Bentonville, AR 72712, USA
Phone +1 479-364-0176

Located two minutes away from the famous Walmart Museum, near the Historic District, Bentonville Dive is the place to go for great beers on tap without a pompous vibe. Enjoy cold libations and great people watching on the outdoor patio. You'll be within walking distance to much of what the town of Bentonville has to offer.

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California: Mozzi’s Saloon

California dive bar

Mozzi’s Saloon

Address
2262 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428-3018, USA
Phone +1 805-927-4767

California’s central coast is lined with 16 distinct beach towns in San Luis Obispo County. It’s here that you’ll enjoy a relaxing retreat with miles of sandy beaches and fun bars along the way for day drinking or nightlife. Cambria, one of the small beach towns with just over 6,000 residents, is home to Mozzi’s Saloon, a dark Western-style bar with taxidermy art, a pool table, strung lights, and live music Saturdays. This cowboy bar, with roots reaching back to1866, is a unique fixture in the community.

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Colorado: Wheel Bar

Colorado Dive Bar

Wheel Bar

Address
132 E Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
Phone +1 970-586-9381

Estes Park in northern Colorado is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and home to The Stanley Hotel, the historic location where Stephen King was inspired to write "The Shining." The Wheel Bar, located right in the downtown district, was originally opened by the Nagl family in 1945. Still owned and operated by the Nagl family, this is a local treat that is worth experiencing.

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Connecticut: Dive Bar and Restaurant

Connecticut Dive Bar

Dive Bar and Restaurant

Address
24 Ocean Ave, West Haven Green, CT 06516, USA
Phone +1 203-933-3483

Located in West Haven, on Long Island sound, Dive Bar and Restaurant is a no-frills establishment where you can bring everyone in the family during the day or have a fun adult-centric night out. With a Connecticut twist, bar food is on the menu (lobster rolls are popular here), best enjoyed with a cocktail or chilled beer at a picnic table on the patio or while listening to live music.

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Delaware: Murph’s Irish Pub

Delaware pub fare

Murph’s Irish Pub

Address
401 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809-2152, USA
Phone +1 302-384-7773

Guinness lovers will find plenty to drink at this Irish pub in Wilmington, Delaware. Typical to many dive bars, there is no website, just a Murph’s Irish Pub Facebook page, but plenty of reviews vouch for good times and a true dive bar scene. Sandwiches, fried food, and buckets of beer keep folks coming back again and again.

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Florida: The Hideaway Bar

Florida Dive Bar

The Hideaway Bar

Address
516 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803-1856, USA
Phone +1 407-898-5892

There’s more to Orlando than the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll know you’ve found The Hideaway Bar when you spot the multi-hued mural and groups of people playing cornhole outside. Sandwiches, subs, dogs, and burgers are on the menu, as well as pints and pitchers of domestic or import beers. Dolphin football fans frequent this bar, and there is sports paraphernalia everywhere.

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Georgia: Northside Tavern

Georgia Dive Bar

Northside Tavern

Address
1058 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Phone +1 404-874-8745

Dark and eclectic, Atlanta’s Northside Tavern was originally a grocery store and gas station in the 40s until it evolved into a neighborhood bar. The outside façade looks a bit seedy, with bars on the windows and a deteriorating exterior, but once inside, you’ll enjoy live music with talented performers, inexpensive beer, and a rowdy atmosphere. Featured in several movies and television shows like "Fast and Furious 8," "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," and "Barbershop 3: The Next Cut," this jazz and blues club should most definitely be on your must-visit list.

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Hawaii: Kahale’s Maui’s Local Dive Bar

Maui Dive Bar

Kahale’s Maui’s Local Dive Bar

Address
36 Keala Pl, Kihei, HI 96753, USA
Phone +1 808-215-9939

Touted as the island of Maui’s oldest dive bar, Kahale’s Maui’s Local Dive Bar in Kihei features live music and is open every day of the year, rain or shine. Most beers are available in bottles and cans, but there are a couple of tapped beers. This is a biker-friendly bar located on the southwestern end of Maui, near Kalama Park and the waterfront. If you want to see what the locals are like, come here.

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Idaho: Cactus Bar

Idaho Dive Bar


Cactus Bar

Address
517 W Main St, Boise, ID 83702, USA
Phone +1 208-639-1218

Pop in the oldest bar in downtown Boise, established in 1936. The Cactus Bar is a super casual hole-in-the-wall, offering patrons a low-key experience at a bar lined with photos of Boise from the past 200 years. Order an adult slushy drink or one of the daily specials, and learn about the town’s history. Then, mosey on outside to finish your beverage on the patio.

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Illinois: Simon’s Tavern

Illinois Dive Bar

Jamie Kelter Davis, Simon's Tavern

Address
5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640-2102, USA
Phone +1 773-878-0894

Order mulled wine and find a deep seat on the mini couch next to a faux fireplace and Viking objects at this long-standing neighborhood gem in Chicago’s Andersonville community. Simon’s Tavern has plenty of beers on tap to choose from and should you want to make friends, sit at the bar where likely someone will say hello.

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Indiana: Dugout Bar

Indiana Dive Bar

Dugout Bar

Address
621 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203-1747, USA
Phone +1 317-916-1514

Popular since the 50s, Dugout Bar, located in downtown Indianapolis, pays homage to baseball. This classic dive bar, with Midwestern charm, features a full menu—fried snacks, salads, sandwiches, and pizza—live music and an outdoor patio. Indulge in pre- or post-game libations at Dugout Bar if you’re planning on seeing a concert or sporting event at Lucas Oil Stadium, just a mile away.

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Iowa: Carl’s Place

Iowa Dive Bar

Carl’s Place

Address
1620 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-3216, USA
Phone +1 515-243-9727

You can spend all day enjoying the sites and attractions in Iowa’s capital city. When you’re ready to take a breather, or if you want to plan for a casual night out at a local Des Moines bar, then stop in Carl’s Place, located in the Sherman Hill neighborhood. This hole-in-the-wall, where you never know who will show up, has cheap beer, games of pool and darts, and live music.

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Kansas: Kirby's Beer Store

Bar

Kirby's Beer Store

Self-proclaimed as Wichita's "five star dive bar", Kirby's Beer Store has everything a good hole-in-the-wall should: live music and entertainment, low lighting, cheap beer, and a grungy decor with posters, stickers, and tchotchkes all over the walls and ceiling. There's no cover charge at this compact space but be prepared to tip the band to show your gratitude.

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Kentucky: The Dive

Kentucky Dive Bar

The Dive

Address
201 A Broadway St, Cave City, KY 42127, USA
Phone +1 270-773-0087

The Dive, a lively joint in Cave City led by women, is as welcoming to bikers as hipsters. With a full lineup of nightly events and entertainment, you’ll always have fun at this bar. Whether you’re singing karaoke, testing out your trivia skills, listing to live music, or laughing at live comedy, there’s something for everyone here. This is the place to drink, be merry, and make friends.

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Louisiana: Pete’s Out in the Cold

Louisiana Dive Bar

Pete’s Out in the Cold

Address
701 Sixth St, New Orleans, LA 70115-1027, USA
Phone +1 504-895-8993

Established in 1931, Pete’s Out in the Cold is a small neighborhood Uptown bar with a casual outdoor patio. You’re likely to see a few cats roaming around, and the bartender definitely loves his job. Join in a round of Bingo at this local hangout and play old tunes on the jukebox.  

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Maine: Spring Point Tavern

Maine Dive Bar

Spring Point Tavern

Address
175 Benjamin W Pickett St, South Portland, ME 04106-1626, USA
Phone +1 207-799-2245

Spring Point Tavern has everything a good dive bar should: live music, karaoke, trivia night, dancing, an outdoor patio, and beer. Jell-O shots, low-priced well drinks, and a location near the Southern Maine Community College cater to a mixed crowd of students and neighborhood loyal locals.

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Maryland: Butts and Betty’s Tavern

Maryland Dive Bar


Butts and Betty’s Tavern

Address
2200 Gough St, Baltimore, MD 21231-2635, USA
Phone +1 410-276-9186

A bright yellow sign welcomes you to this corner pub in Baltimore’s Upper Fells Point. And, with a name like Butts and Betty’s Tavern, you can expect to have a matchless time. Whipped cream Jell-O shots, beer from the bottle, and locals lining the long bar await you at this dive bar. There’s only one pool table, but you’re not missing much if you don’t get to play a round. People come here to belly up at the bar, chat with the bartender, and say hello to neighbors.

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Massachusetts: Biddy Early’s

Massachusetts Dive Bar

Biddy Early’s

Address
141 Pearl St, Boston, MA 02110-2497, USA
Phone +1 617-654-9944

Boston has dozens of great dive bars, which makes it difficult to choose just one. To start, choose the neighborhood you’d like to hang out in and go from there. If you’re downtown, pop into Biddy Early’s, an Irish pub where you’ll find an interesting mixture of sports fans, Irish and Scottish whisky aficionados, and young Bostonians eager for a night out.

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Michigan: Abick’s Bar

Michigan Dive Bar


Abick’s Bar

Address
3500 Gilbert St, Detroit, MI 48210-2976, USA
Phone +1 313-894-9329

With roots dating back to the early 1900s, Abick’s Bar is Detroit’s oldest and arguably most unique, family-owned and operated bar. This local hangout is a staple in the community and has provided a space for neighbors to meet and socialize. Tin ceilings, walls studded with antiques and old relics, and a shiny wooden bar create a welcoming environment where everyone feels comfortable. Hopefully, you’ll get the chance to meet the owner’s large English mastiff named Shadow.

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Minnesota: Neumanns Bar

Minnesota Dive Bar

Neumann’s Bar

Address
2531 7th Ave E, North St Paul, MN 55109, USA
Phone +1 651-770-6020

The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, are full of dive bars—a few that operated as speakeasies during prohibition, some that popped up in neighborhoods to create spaces for gathering, and a couple that is known for something bizarre like melting cheese inside the burger patty rather than putting it on top (Matt’s Bar). Neumanns Bar stands out not only for its history of being Minnesota’s oldest bar (1887) but also because it has large live frogs in the bar’s window—seriously. Daily specials, live music, and a friendly atmosphere are just the cherry on top of this bar-cake.

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Mississippi: The Mermaid Dive Bar

Mississippi Dive Bar

The Mermaid Dive Bar

Address
709 Howard Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530, USA
Phone +1 228-207-2878

In downtown Biloxi, a cultural melting pot near the Gulf of Mexico, sits The Mermaid Dive Bar, where there are women (and sometimes mermen) dressed up in mermaid costumes perched on the bar. Folks line up to take photos with the mermaids, a big draw for patrons. Burgers, Thai food, nachos, wings, seafood, and salads are on the menu if you get hungry.

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Missouri: The Hideaway

 Missouri Dive Bar


The Hideaway

Address
5900 Arsenal St, St. Louis, MO 63139-2637, USA
Phone +1 314-645-8822

Out of hundreds of Yelp reviews, The Hideaway in St. Louis, established in 1954, has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is the type of place where you don’t have to dress up or make a big effort just to grab a pint at the bar. Each week there’s live music, trivia, and karaoke to entertain imbibers. There’s not a food menu available, but you can order pizza from TJ’s, a local eatery. And, if you like to sing along with a piano player, this is just the spot for you.  

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Montana: Haufbrau House

Montana Dive Bar

Haufbrau House

Address
22 S 8th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715-4445, USA
Phone +1 406-587-4931

A small corner stage, where cowboys, hippies, farmers, and college students perform, is the shining star of Bozeman’s Haufbrau House, where anyone can sign up for an open-mic spot three nights per week (the other nights also have live music). Sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs are on the menu, as well as a great lineup of beers on tap. This watering hole, a hidden gem, is truly a dive, where regulars hang out and spin a yarn or carve up the wooden tables with their initials and graffiti.

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Nebraska: Zoo Bar

Nebraska Dive Bar

Tom Joyce. The Legendary Zoo Bar

Address
136 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE 68508-3801, USA
Phone +1 402-435-8754

For a taste of Lincoln’s vibrant live music scene, look no further than Zoo Bar. Many blues stars have performed here like Buddy Guy, Bo Diddly, and Otis Rush, and live albums have often been recorded in the club. This downtown bar welcomes people from all walks of life, all adult age groups, and you can expect to see a crowd within its narrow walls.

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Nevada: Hogs & Heifers

Nevada Dive Bar

Hogs & Heifers

Address
201 N 3rd St Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
Phone +1 702-676-1457

A carbon copy of the one in New York City, Las Vegas’ Hogs & Heifers is a rowdy dive bar that is a bit obnoxious but an experience that many are looking for when visiting the city. If you want great tattoo-clad people watching, wild patrons that arrived via motorcycle, and loud bartenders and staff, then this is the place for you. Fun fact: this bar gives back to the community in big ways through financial donations and fundraising for local charities.

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New Hampshire: Mc Garvey’s

New Hampshire Dive Bar

McGarveys Foods & Spirits

Address
1097 Elm St, Manchester, NH 03101, USA
Phone +1 603-627-2721

Manchester’s most popular dive bar, Mc Garvey’s Food & Spirits, also known as McGarvey’s Saloon, is a come-as-you-are neighborhood bar, welcoming to all—although the patrons skew younger. Play a round of pool, sing karaoke, dance, and gulp a seasonal beer. Arrive early and enjoy daily happy hour specials and nosh on typical bar food.

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New Jersey: Tom’s Tavern

New Jersey Dive Bar

Tom’s Tavern

Address
85 Asbury Rd, Farmingdale, NJ 07727-3515, USA
Phone +1 732-938-9060

Tom’s Tavern is everything you want a dive bar to be. It’s a bit sketchy looking from the outside, with chipped paint on an old white house with large advertisements affixed to the sides and blocking the windows. Motorcycles line the front driveway. You can order sloppy joes and coleslaw or Italian sausage or beef stroganoff or tacos or meatloaf—it really depends on the chef’s daily decision. Bike night is every night, and you can expect to be entertained by live music or tunes piped in from the old jukebox.

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New Mexico: Bar Uno

New Mexico Dive Bar

Courtesy of Bar Uno

Address
108 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3302, USA

Whether you want to sit at the bar and watch the big game, enjoy live music, or have a pizza with your beer, Albuquerque has plenty of dive bars to fit your demand. For cocktails, craft beers, and a friendly atmosphere in Albuquerque, pop in the tiny Bar Uno, where good things come in small packages. Named after a dog recently passed on, Uno, this community pub is perfect for couples or small groups of friends who want a cozy environment.

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New York: McSorley’s Old Ale House

New York Dive Bar

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Address
15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003, USA

Established in 1854, McSorley’s Old Ale House is a neighborhood staple in New York City. Billed as the Irish working man’s saloon, “Be Good or Be Gone” has long been the ethos of this pub. After being sued, the bar finally allowed women to drink at its bar in 1970, but a women’s restroom wasn’t installed until 1986. Step back in time, where there are sawdust floors, aged newspaper articles affixed to the walls, and stories of famous patrons like Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Teddy Roosevelt.

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North Carolina: The Backstreet Pub

North Carolina Dive Bar

The Backstreet Pub

Address
124 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA
Phone +1 252-728-7108

What was once a bakery in 1881, Beaufort’s Backstreet Pub has walls covered in sailing memorabilia and a large shaded outdoor beer garden, where you can hear live music and relax with friends at a picnic table. A lineup of fun events and happenings draws patrons to this resident bar each night. Come for a fun community experience where you can sample beers and meet the ragtag crowd.

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North Dakota: Bismarck Tavern

North Dakota Dive Bar

Bismarck Tavern

Address
522 Broadway N, Fargo, ND 58102-4417, USA
Phone +1 701-235-6607

Located on the northern end of downtown Fargo, Bismarck Tavern is a local hangout with bar games, beers on tap, live music, and something called a “meat raffle.” A large yellow lightbulb-studded neon sign hangs out front. It’s easy to lose track of time while you’re deep inside this pub, making new friends at the bar over a game of blackjack, darts, pool, or pinball. One of the oldest bars in town, Bismarck Tavern opened its doors in 1937. Daily drink specials make a long night out affordable at this cozy local hangout.

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Ohio: Harbor Inn

Ohio Dive Bar


Harbor Inn

Address
1219 Main Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113-2311, USA
Phone +1 216-241-3232

With bragging rights as the oldest continually operating bar in Cleveland (est. 1895), Harbor Inn, located on the West Bank of the Flats, is near and dear to the heart of locals. An old, ragged blue and white wooden sign, with the bar’s name, points you in the right direction. Visit for trivia night, arcade games, Irish whisky tastings, or themed dance nights. With lots of beers to choose from, you’re sure to find just the right nip to wet your whistle at this landmark watering hole.

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Oklahoma: Edna’s

Oklahoma Dive Bar

Edna’s

Address
5137 Classen Cir, Oklahoma City, OK 73118-4416, USA
Phone +1 405-840-3339

One of the best dive bars in Oklahoma City is Edna’s, where the “lunchbox cocktail,” made with Coors Light, orange juice, and amaretto, served in a frosted mug, was first created. Staple a dollar to the wall, order fried pickles, and shoot pool in this classic dive bar, a fan favorite. There’s an outdoor fenced-in patio as well as a second-story balcony. It’s easy to lose track of time while enjoying yourself at Edna’s.

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Oregon: The Alleyway Bar

Oregon Dive Bar

Bartek K. The Alleyway Bar

Address
2415 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211-6342, USA
Phone +1 503-287-7760

For something different, belly up to Portland’s The Alleyway Bar, where you can play pinball machines, pop in the photo booth, and order vegan or vegetarian pub fare—garden burgers, tofu bites, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and salads. Relax on the partially covered outdoor patio or listen to loud punk music inside. The colorful corrugated metal exterior is a great spot for snapping a photo.

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Pennsylvania: Dirty Franks

Pennsylvania Dive Bar

Dirty Franks

Address
347 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Phone +1 215-732-5010

The late Anthony Bourdain once visited Dirty Franks when he was filming in Philadelphia. The bar, luckily, has stayed the same, even though it became TV famous for a spell. Cash only, unpretentious, and full of eccentric locals, Dirty Franks is a down-home bar with cheap beer and a long-standing history that dates back to prohibition. See local art at the Off the Wall Gallery, located onsite, and learn about the artists. Try a Dirty Franks IPA and strike up a conversation with whomever is sitting next to you at the bar.

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Rhode Island: Captain Seaweed’s

Rhode Island Dive Bar

Captain Seaweed’s

Address
162 Ives St, Providence, RI 02906, USA
Phone +1 401-421-0309

If you’re one to revel in the official “Talk Like a Pirate” day, then you’ll want to visit the pirate-themed Captain Seaweed’s in Providence. This quirky Fox Point nautically-themed dive bar is cheesy-yet-fun and has an awesome outdoor patio big enough for your group. Mixed drinks are cheap and plentiful, and you’ll have a good time in a joyful environment.

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South Carolina: The Griffon

South Carolina Dive Bar

The Griffon

Address
18 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401-2114, USA
Phone +1 843-723-1700

Adult Harry Potter fans will love Charleston’s The Griffon, an English-style pub with a recognizable name and a decent menu, heaving with options. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, baskets of shrimp, and fish and chips pair well with one of the 16 beers on tap. Dollars bills are stapled to the walls, familiar at many diver bars, but you’ll notice two small sections of maroon walls where bills have been removed—over $12,000 was gathered to support furloughed staff.

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South Dakota: Saloon No. 10

South Dakota Dive Bar

Saloon No. 10

Address
657 Main St, Deadwood, SD 57732, USA
Phone +1 800-952-9398

Wild Bill Hickock was shot dead by Jack McCall while playing a poker game in 1876 at Saloon No. 10. The original building has since burnt down, but a new structure was built in its place and given the same name. In the summer months, reenactments of the murder of Hickock, holding the famous “Deadman’s Hand” of black Aces and 8’s and the 9 of diamonds, takes place in Deadwood. Other wild west characters frequented the bar: Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody, Doc Holiday, and Wyatt Earp.

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Tennessee: Bobcat Bar & Grill

Tennessee Dive Bar

Bobcat Bar & Grill

Address
4730 Poplar Ave # 6, Memphis, TN 38117-4447, USA
Phone +1 901-685-2933

Five women bartenders lead the charge at Memphis’s Bobcat Bar & Grill on the east side of town, where drink specials are offered each Sunday. Watch the game, shoot pool, play shuffleboard, and try your hand at darts. This is a classic pizza and beer-type place where people of all ages celebrate sports in tight quarters.

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Texas: La Carafe

Texas Dive Bar

La Carafe

Address
813 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002-1708, USA
Phone +1 713-229-9399

Located inside Houston’s oldest structure and listed on the National Register for Historic Places, La Carafe is a must-visit location. Even with sky-high modern buildings going up around it, this one has stayed a two-story building since it was built in 1847. Old Market Square doesn’t look very old—La Carafe is one of the last remaining long-standing constructions. The clientele here is a bit coarse, which makes the experience all the more curious. Go with an open mind and really soak in the history and ambiance.

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Utah: Beehive Pub

Utah Dive Bar

Beehive Pub

Address
128 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA
Phone +1 801-364-4268

Utah has some of the most restrictive liquor laws in the country, controlled by state-run liquor store outlets. Mixed drinks and wine may only be ordered with food, and you can’t order more than one person would drink (no ordering a bottle of wine, for example, with only one person present), and only between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. The Beehive Pub is one of Salt Lake City’s best casual bars. Sample over 200 beers from around the globe and keep your beer chilled on the upstairs frosted bar. You’re likely to meet some interesting locals here—don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation about the state’s big five national parks or ask what there is to do in Salt Lake City.  

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Vermont: The Other Place

Vermont Dive Bar

Luke Awtry Photograhy, The Other Place

Address
469 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA
Phone +1 801-521-6567

Burlington’s The Other Place is casual and cool with a laid-back weekend-drinking vibe. Order a bargain-basement pitcher of beer and sit at the wooden bar facing the street, with a large open garage door for people watching. Located near the University of Vermont, this is a classic neighborhood bar frequented by locals and young 20-somethings. Bring a date here or go with friends for a fun night out.

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Virginia: Lynnhaven Pub

Virginia Dive Bar

Lynnhaven Pub

Address
2236 W Great Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-1506, USA
Phone +1 757-481-9720

Near First Landing State Park and Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven Pub is a tiny community hangout known for a selection of cold bottled and canned beers, bar bites, and a casual, no-frills atmosphere. There’s one pool table in the back, situated by a garage door that can open for fresh air. This place is perfect for a quick beer or nightcap before moving on to somewhere else.

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Washington: New Luck Toy

Washington Dive Bar

New Luck Toy

Address
5905 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136-1611, USA

A full menu of Chinese food, karaoke, and bar drinks brings Seattle residents to this local hub regularly. Order a frozen cocktail served in a fun Tiki glass; play a game of SkeeBall or pinball; and marvel at the ceiling full of red lanterns at New Luck Toy. While much nicer than your average dingy dive bar and certainly more romantic, this bar and restaurant should be on your must-visit list.

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West Virginia: Blue Parrot

Bar

Joe Smith, The Blue Parrot

Located in Charleston, not too far from Haddad River Front Park in the downtown Historic District, Blue Parrot is a staple in the community when it comes to a funky local hole-in-the-wall bar with live grungy music and cheap beer. Don't be surprised when you learn that the bar tender is actually the owner. With a pool table and dart boards, plus great people watching, this place is a fun spot to down a couple brews and dance with new friends.

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Wisconsin: Caribou Tavern

Wisconsin Dive Bar

The Caribou Tavern

Address
703 E Johnson St, Madison, WI 53703-1532, USA
Phone +1 608-257-5993

There are many contenders for the best dive bar in Madison, Wisconsin’s capital city. The Caribou Tavern, located near Lake Mendota on Johnson Street, serves up burgers, hot dogs, jalapeño chili poppers, and, of course, cheese curds. This is a low-key, completely casual dive bar, situated in the heart of a college town that loves to drink affordable beer. Catering to folks from different backgrounds and ages in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, The Caribou is a place where regulars line the bar each weekend.  

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Wyoming: Outlaw Saloon

Wyoming Dive Bar


Outlaw Saloon

Address
312 S Greeley Hwy, Cheyenne, WY 82007-2337, USA
Phone +1 307-635-7552

Cheyenne, Wyoming’s capital city, is known for its outdoor rodeo and cowboy culture. Completely opposite from most dive bars, the Outlaw Saloon is the largest watering hole in the city, serving a population of over 64,000 residents. With a total of five bars in the building, patrons can spread out to enjoy live music five nights per week. Gaming machines, onsite horse race betting, pool tables, dartboards, and arcade games will keep everyone in your group busy and entertained. Don’t leave without trying out line dancing or mechanical bull riding, and be sure to check out the nightly drink specials.

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