Down and Dirty Dive Bars Across the US

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	The Roost in Los Angeles

The Roost in Los Angeles

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Nov 16, 2012 —  Dive bars feature gritty exteriors, sticky floors from years of spills, and bartenders who still know the meaning of a heavy pour. With authentic crowds and strong brews on tap, watering holes all across the country keep the American tradition of drinking on a dime alive and kicking.

In Los Angeles, young artists lurk late at some of the dives where the lowlife laureate Charles Bukowski once drew inspiration. Meanwhile, Chicago’s grungy taverns feature live music from the best emerging bands in the city, from noise rock to electro punk. And over in New York, patrons flock to the iconic spots where William S. Burroughs and the Beats demolished the façade of the 50s and ushered in a cultural revolution.

From coast to coast, dive bars in the US offer cheap drinks and an easy vibe. So if you’re looking for a great night out without frills or fuss, grab a tall glass of something strong and slink into a tattered booth at one of our favorite American dive bars.

  • Trina’s Starlite Lounge

    Dive Bar / Lounge / Restaurant

    Trina’s Starlite Lounge - Dive Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Boston.
    Boston

    3 Beacon Street
    Somerville, MA 02143

    617‑576‑0006

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  • Hungry Brain

    Dive Bar / Pub

    Hungry Brain - Dive Bar | Pub in Chicago.
    Chicago

    2319 West Belmont Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60618

    773‑709‑1401

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  • The Roost

    Dive Bar

    The Roost - Dive Bar in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    3100 Los Feliz Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90039

    323‑664‑7272

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  • Holland Cocktail Lounge

    Dive Bar

    Holland Cocktail Lounge - Dive Bar in New York.
    New York

    532 Ninth Avenue
    New York, NY 10018

    212‑502‑4609

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  • The Knockout

    Club / Dive Bar / Live Music Venue

    The Knockout - Club | Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    3223 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    415‑550‑6994

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  • Velvet Lounge

    Dive Bar / Live Music Venue

    Velvet Lounge - Dive Bar | Live Music Venue in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    915 U Street NW
    Washington, DC 20002

    202‑462‑3213

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What are your favorite American dive bars?

Victor H. Nov 30, 2012
I would definitely consider Gold Room as a runner up to this list. http://www.partyearth.com/los-angeles/bars/the-gold-room-2/
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