January 23, 2012

Dive Bars Across America

The Dive Bar is as American as apple pie. And from North to South and East to West, cheap beers and sticky floors are just the beginning of what this country's dives have in common.
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Don't be surprised by the older, slightly disheveled patrons. 
Hill-Top Tavern in Denver, Colorado.
Jim Wills
Don't be surprised by the older, slightly disheveled patrons.

Hill-Top Tavern in Denver, Colorado.
There are rules to Dive Bars. 
Beacon Cocktail Lounge in Inglewood, California.
Lina Lecaro
There are rules to Dive Bars.

Beacon Cocktail Lounge in Inglewood, California.
Dive Bars don't use web 2.0 marketing techniques. 
Rips in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ryan Wolf
Dive Bars don't use web 2.0 marketing techniques.

Rips in Phoenix, Arizona.
Don't expect architectural innovation. 
Rocky Flats Lounge in Boulder, Colorado.
Jim Wills
Don't expect architectural innovation.

Rocky Flats Lounge in Boulder, Colorado.
Good lighting is key in a Dive Bar.
Mac's Club Deuce in Miami Beach, Florida.
Jacob Katel
Good lighting is key in a Dive Bar.

Mac's Club Deuce in Miami Beach, Florida.
Do expect indifferent bartenders. 
A typical scene at CMJ in New York.
The Village Voice
Do expect indifferent bartenders.

A typical scene at CMJ in New York.
Whose jobs are mainly to open cans of beers. 
Portland's in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ryan Wolf
Whose jobs are mainly to open cans of beers.

Portland's in Phoenix, Arizona.
Clientele varies. Expect one gigantic bald man, often menacing. 
Lake Wood Landing in Dallas, Texas.
Sara Kerens
Clientele varies. Expect one gigantic bald man, often menacing.

Lake Wood Landing in Dallas, Texas.
Other regulars include the young, tattooed and sweaty. 
Helm in Costa Mesa, California.
Christopher Victorio
Other regulars include the young, tattooed and sweaty.

Helm in Costa Mesa, California.
Occasionally, there will be a MILF, or even a GILF. 
Westbury's Cozy in Houston, Texas.
Troy Fields
Occasionally, there will be a MILF, or even a GILF.

Westbury's Cozy in Houston, Texas.