You might not think that Las Vegas -- city of super clubs and strip clubs and bottle service literally everywhere -- would not have much in the way of dive bars. But Vegas has an underbelly, and it is chock full of glorious dive bars with cheap booze and a surly attitude. Once you get off the Strip, Vegas becomes a much different place.
In all honesty, most of what we consider to be locals’ bars would be deemed dives in any other city. Some are old for Vegas, some are new but old in spirit, and some are old concepts newly reborn. And while there are those who might argue over the definition of a “dive,” we feel that a true dive defies all explanation and is instead more a state of mind, one that might whisper “you have arrived” as soon as you walk in. And that’s exactly what all these Vegas bars do.