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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
1225 Central Ave - Charlotte, NC 28204
Underwear hung on horns (the animal type), Burt Reynolds posters, and velvet paintings? You can't go wrong with this place. Check out a picture here: http://charlottefive.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/img_1319.jpg I hear the jukebox is free, 24oz PBR's are $3 and they even have a pool table!
1228 Gordon Street - Charlotte, NC
We were spending time with a friend in the Charlotte area when we passed a bar, that looked so divey I had to check it out. Like it's counterpart in New Orleans, Snug Harbor in Charlotte is a great dive with good drink specials and live music. It is eclectically decorated and has a friendly bar staff. If you are in the area you should check it out. I hear however it is the hipster hang out on weekend late nights so best visit it early.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
609 N. Enochville Ave., Kannapolis, NC, 28081
This place is an enigma. It can be found no where on the internet with the exception of the yellow pages. That may make it the "diviest" place on this board. A true local haunt. I have not been there personally but it was recommended to my friend by the local VFW and let me tell you, Veterans can find the GREATEST DIVES!!! Below is her review. I can't wait to try this place:
"Now this is place is a true dive, frequented by the locals, but be warned the place is a dump, but colorful to say the least. $2.00 to $2.25 for a cold beer. All the locals know the White Oak. My hubby and I have been there once together, but he has went more times alone. Its too sleezely and run down for me. LOL! Bathrooms are scary small."
Now if that doesn't sound like a true dive, I don't know what does. ROAD TRIP!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
1. Key West is small so finding something off the beaten path is nearly impossible.
2. Very few bars in Key West are fancy, most all of them could qualify as a dive.
Taking in these two considerations, I have to designate the best bar in Key West as being one in the touristy area, but it does stand out. The best dive bar in Key West is:
Captain Tony's is in a dank, dark place with tons of business cards and flyers stapled everywhere you look. There is even a tree growing through the roof. Despite it's dark surroundings, it attracts locals and tourists alike. It is the bar Hemmingway drank in and the bar Captain Tony, a local legend in his own right, owned. Captain Tony passed away recently and will be missed by all. If you get a chance, stop by and pay your respects, tip a glass to Tony.
For more information on Captain Tony's visit the website and while you are at it, read Tony's story, it is very interesting: http://www.capttonyssaloon.com/
(B) back and is never crowded as far as we could tell. It’s a nice break.
Just off of Caroline St. (C) Schooner Warf a block or so from Caroline is indescribable, but generally has some good outside music. (E) Turtle Kraals is really touristy, but rarely packed. They have turtle races on Mon and Fri at 6pm. SO CUTE! Across from there is Dante’s, sit at the pool side bar if you can. Note: This is a bar/restaurant with a pool. There is no hotel there so anyone can use the pool.
Just down from these places is (G) Finnegan’s Wake. I loved this place! Their happy hour is great and they have two of them. Normal one and one from 12-2am. Cheap wings here as well, but they are not breaded (more like buffalo’s wings).
Ialso recommend this place on the other end of the island: http://southernmostbeachcafe.com/documents/lunch-SMBC2011.pdf Try the mango bbq, it’s to die for. Also you can grab two beach chairs and enjoy drinks right from the bar. The chairs are $5 a piece and you get free frozen towels, and chili willies from the guy who is in charge. Pretty cool.
The Green Parrot has Open Mic Sunday with great Jazz (these guys can play! A must see!!). The Monkey Bar (gay bar on the corner of Simonton and Olivia) has Karaoke on Friday nights. Much cooler place than Two Friends Karaoke.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Location: 102 Earle St, Clemson, SC 29631
Contact: (864) 653-7581
If you happen to frequent Upstate South Carolina in Tiger country, Backstreets is definitely the place to stop and have a beer. If you are looking for a relaxed dive location where the beer is always flowing and good times never seem to end, Backstreets is the place to be. The lights are always dim and there is always some awkward drunk falling out of his chair at the end of the lacquered bar. Adorned with random old beer signs and eclectic stained glass creations, Backstreets is always a good place to start and end your beer drinking experience in Clemson, SC. And if you get too intoxicated…no worries, the bus route is within crawling distance from the swinging door entrance. Not that I would know…
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
It's not a dive, but if you find yourself in W-S you owe it to yourself to sample the locally made beer at Foothills! http://www.foothillsbrewing.com/
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Second up is the Brothers Three Lounge located at 4520 Magazine St. God this place is crunchy..... and AWESOME! They have an old school juke box that plays records. Unfortunately they have succumbed to modern times and have a new school juke as well. They sell cheap sandwiches out of a cooler and by cooler, I mean igloo kind of cooler, not the large metal type beers are kept in. The people who work and frequent there could only be described as Characters. We were thoroughly amused and stayed here probably longer than we should have realizing we had to drive back to the hotel. Beer prices are Excellent, especially if you have been in the French Quarter. This place is a must visit!!!
Coming in third is Igor's Buddha Belly. If you need to do some laundry, there is no better place. We were wishing we had brought our laundry with us. This place is much cleaner than most dives, but the washing machines kind of throw it back in that category. It is directly across from Brothers III so make a day of it. Everyone there was friendly. You can play billiards and other games as well. They even serve food basics like burgers, chicken sandwiches and fries. The drink specials were pretty nice too.
FYI, there is a great candy store near these two places called Lucky You. It is awesome. We got some jelly beans there and they lasted the rest of our trip. She has a great selection of candy and the best salt water taffy I have ever tasted!!! Stop by, you know you want a snack after all that drinkin! http://www.luckyyoucandy.com/
Friday, June 26, 2009
We visited New Orleans for the third time in 12 years this April. We wanted to see some parts of the City we hadn't seen before, so I did my research and planned a Dive bar tour for us. These were the best we found in the French Quarter that were off the beaten path of Bourbon St.
Located at 1123 Decatur St. this bar is just two blocks from Bourbon St, but it seems a world removed. The dark woods and the decorations all point to a wonderful Dive. The back wall is lined with stained glass, presumably from an Abbey. It give the place a wonderful Gothic feel. Tons of stickers and magnets line the wall behind the bar, many with clever sayings you could spend hours reading. The bartender and the locals were the best part. The bartender made our afternoon a fun one with her sarchastic wit and prompt beer service. Prices were extremely reasonable, almost cheap, much more bang for your buck than on Bourbon St.
The R Bar
This was one of those stumble into joints. I had found it in none of my research for dives in the French Quarter. It is located all the way down at the other end of Royal St. at 1431. This place was awesome. The bathroom was scary as hell and that's what you look for in a dive, one of those bathrooms you could take bleach to and it would still look dirty. So much character. The patrons here were friendly and entertaining. This was the type of place you find the real drunks and a few in between drunks. Reasonable prices for drinks and a true dive worth the walk. Hell, you need to walk off that beer gut a bit anyway, right? Get to drunk to walk, stay in one of their rooms: http://royalstreetinn.com/about/
The Apple Barrel609 Frenchmen St
These last three bars are all close together. The Apple Barrel was a REAL dive. It is so tiny you can hardly turn around, yet they have live music. You can see a picture here: It wasn't our type of dive, but perhaps it is more your style. The best part? Abita beers were cheap and they had a full selection. Can't beat Abita. If you are ever there in the spring, try their Strawberry beer. It is to die for.
The Golden Lantern - located at 1239 Royal St.
This place was decorated with toilets and a barber's chair. It is way too large to be considered a real dive but the bartender makes it worth a mention. She is the one who told us to head back towards the French Quarter from there and to not go past that intersection unless you want to get robbed. She had a thick English accent which entertained us Carolinians and was very personable. So if you want to stop in a dive with some pool tables and a unique juke box (by unique, I mean the songs listed aren't always what's played, it has a mind of its own), this is the place to do it.
The Kerry @ 331 Decatur
This was another place we stumbled into. It was so awesome we went back the next night and were pleased to see one of the coolest guitarist singing solo we have seen in a long time. The place is decorated with old beer signs and random stickers. Despite it's relative closeness to Bourbon St. this bar hosted locals. The first night we were there we were offered birthday cake for one of the bartenders celebrating their birthday while working. So if you enjoy a dive and some good live music and local culture, this is the place for you! http://www.kerryirishpub.com/index-full.asp
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
OAK HILLS TAVERN - This was the best dive of the night. Cheap drinks, an eclectic atmosphere, a potentially scary bathroom and a seedy outdoors area. Perfect. The bartenders were unique, and by unique I mean smartasses, but I like a good smartass so it all worked out. Word of caution! They have very few parking spots so if you can't find one go in and ask where to park. DO NOT PARK IN THE SHOPPING CENTER NEXT DOOR!!! You will get towed. They patrol that parking lot like crazy and it is over $200 to get your car out! Their website: http://www.myspace.com/yoshimosake
EL TENAMPA BAR - This bar is a dive in EVERY sense of the word. There is original art work on the walls, pool tables and a dance area. It has been in business for 54 years, and looks it. It has a great down home feel and the owners were more than amused with our drunken antics. Great prices, great atmosphere, GREAT DIVE BAR!!!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This place is a must visit for any dive bar aficionado. Longstreets is a downstairs bar in historic downtown Wilmington. The physical address is 135 N. Front St. but it is easier to find by first looking for Fat Tony's (next door) and then heading into the door beside it and down some stairs. The bartenders are super friendly and informative. This place also promotes a drink called the Baltimore Zoo. It is tons of liquor poured into a glass on top of the Miller Lite all while you chug it. DEADLY!!!! Do not drink this drink unless it is your FIRST drink of the night. I tried it after about 12 beers and it wasn't a pretty site. As far as food goes, Fat Tony's will deliver to you at Longstreets, so you won't starve and you won't have to climb back up those stairs for at least another hour. :-)
Longstreets is also home to the largest urinal on the east coast. A relic left over from the fancy hotel it was long ago. The lady's room boasts a creepy old mirror. You know how mirrors get unreflective and cloudy after years upon years? Well that is what you look into there. Better plan to touch up your make up elsewhere. Pics of both are below.
FYI. On your way out be sure to stop by the Orton Pool Hall for some more tasty beer and take your picture playing on the table the legendary Mosconi played on once.
For a pic of the large urinal :
For a pic of the creepy mirror in the ladies room:
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
141 Ave A (at 9th St) East Village
DIRECTIONS: Subway: L to First Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Cash only. Pabst in a can is $2, and four bucks will get you a well drink.
All you can drink bud light from 8pm to 11pm on Tuesdays. Some say AYCD for $5 others say $7. Their happy hour Buy One Get One Free specials happen DAILY from 5-8pm.
BEST TIME TO GO? During the week. I hear that Frat boys get out of hand on Friday and Saturday nights there. If you want a true dive bar experience, you probably want to avoid Fri and Sat nights.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
2404 So 112Th St Lakewood, WA 98499-8892
I checked this place out on the web and every review referred to the fact that it is a hole in the wall, bare bones kind of place. Despite the fact it serves food, this place does seem to fit into the dive guidelines. My friends review follows:
There was a lively and totally eclectic crowd that goes there. It was just interesting to watch everyone. Lots of military people from the McCord Air Force Base frequent there. They also serve food. Rollie is the owner and he owns one other tavern in town that isn't as popular as this one is. It is cool inside and is decorated with lots of military memorbilia. *Visited by Howard & Ruth Baker in Kannapolis, NC back in 2001
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Bud and Joe's Tavern 106 K Ave Kure Beach, NC
Bud and Joe's is the only bar in Kure' beach proper. Located at 109 K Ave, it is a local favorite. If you don't like smoke, this isn't the bar for you. My husband bought a t-shirt from there, one he loves to wear and recommends by the way. It had been around so much smoke and absorbed so much smoke that it stunk up the whole car on the ride home. This is the type of place you are liable to witness some trailer park trash get into a marital dispute over the pool table. The locals are awesome, and will regale you with tales of the area. This place is definitely worth the trip if you are anywhere in the general vicinity, if not for a good, thick teeshirt, than for a good beer and an interesting story. Pool Tables for entertainment as well.