Kevin Alexander
Crystal Kryza
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Flickr/Wayne Hsieh
Laura Hayes
Dan Gentile
Karin McKenna
Sean Cooley
Suzi Pratt
Lindsey McClave
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Jeff Waraniak
Andy Kryza
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Chris Chamberlain
Kevin Alexander
Jeff Miller
Scott Gold
Lee Breslouer
Terry Abbott
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1. Clermont Lounge 789 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Virginia Highland's Clermont Lounge is oh-so many things: a dive bar, a live music venue, a frequent karaoke spot, and, perhaps most notably, Atlanta’s oldest strip club. What more could you ask for?

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2. Alpine Inn 3915 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028

Built in the 1850s when California was just becoming a state, the Alpine Inn Beer Garden has withstood the test of time, serving alternately as a gambling house directed by a San Jose mayor, a meeting spot for workers constructing Stanford University, and a booze den during Prohibition. In its current iteration, the bar and outdoor beer garden boast greasy treats like the scrumptious Alpine burger or the sirloin steak sandwiches. Join the tens of Stanford students, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and horse riders who stop at Alpine Inn during the weekend as they munch and drink a couple of brews on the sunny patio.

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4. Burt's Tiki Lounge 313 Gold Ave SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Burt's combines a dark, moody vibe with a serious bric-a-brac fetish, live rock, and tropical drinks for a bizarre oasis in in the sunny New Mexico dessert.

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5. Dan's Cafe 2315 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Dan's Cafe is a DC dive bar with a make-your-own cocktail option -- only the cocktails are squirted from repurposed condiment bottle. Things can get pretty rowdy as a result, but that doesn't mean it's a bad time.

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6. Dry Creek Cafe 4812 Mount Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX 78731

Not only is Dry Creek Cafe and Boat Dock not a boat dock or in any way affiliated with boats (maybe that explains the Dry Creek...), but it's also not even really a cafe, and is really just a dive bar with a sweet view from Mount Bonnell.

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7. Happy Village 1059 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Happy Village is a neighborhood bar located in Ukrainian Village. While it may be unassuming from the outside, the interior is sleek and lively, and there’s a back room housing two ping pong tables. The backyard beer garden -- fully equipped with a pond and goldfish -- is open year-round, though let’s face it, this is Chicago. The neighborhood bar is cash only, but with daily specials, perpetually cheap beers (Old Styles for just $2… again, the Chicago thing), and free ping pong, a visit to happy village will leave your wallet happy, too.

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8. Linda's Tavern 707 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

A classic pub in Seattle, Linda's prides itself on being "a nice place for nice people".

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9. Magnolia Bar & Grill 1398 S 2nd St, Louisville, KY 40208

Located within historic Old Louisville, Magnolia Bar and Grill is a dimly lit dive with pool tables, a pinball machine, and a punk-heavy jukebox. The walls are dotted with old-fashioned beer signs, and an old fan provides some relief when the crowds get big. Friendly bartenders make already cheap pints and pours even better, but stop by the ATM beforehand as Magnolia is cash-only.

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10. Nye's Polonaise Bar 112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

This dive bar has become so famous that we aren't sure it's even a dive bar anymore. It's still got teh red vinyl booths, but sadly the suds are going to run you a bit more.

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11. Old Miami 3930 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

The Old Miami wears its heritage on its sleeve, starting with the “Thank you, Veterans” printed in large white lettering on the bar’s forest green awning. Established in 1975 as a haven for Vietnam veterans, the Old Miami has served Detroit for decades as a hybrid music-venue-meets-drinking-den. The walls are lined with military memorabilia, and a jukebox plays Patsy Kline next to the pool table. If you’re not swaying to the music on the dance floor, chances are you’re cozied up in one of the oversized couches or chairs near the fireplace chatting up a fellow patron whose past is inevitably a lot more interesting than yours.

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12. Rudy's Bar & Grill 627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Rudy's Bar is one of the oldest dive bars in New York City history, and one of the first bars to get a liquor license when prohibition ended in 1933. It's got a pretty extensive list of draft and bottled beers for a dive (all at fantastically low prices), and free hot dogs with the purchase of any drink. The staff at Rudy's is always friendly and inviting, making it a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

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13. Santa's Pub 2225 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

Santa's been bad. That's why he now operates this beat-up double-wide and its storied karaoke night, which serves $2 beers.

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14. Silver Peso 450 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939

Amid the art galleries and burrito shops of adorable downtown Larkspur sits the grand Peso, which has been a bar in Larkspur since the 1930s.

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15. Smog Cutter 864 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Smog Cutter is a Hollywood dive/karaoke bar that's got awesome music, lively bartenders, and an even-livelier crowd.

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16. Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge 7612 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Snake and Jake’s is the kind of bar where you could be sipping a Schlitz next to George Clooney and vaguely wonder if that guy next to you is actually handsome, or if he just looks good in low, red light. The ramshackle, tin-roof shack on an otherwise-sleepy stretch of residential Oak Street is an unrepentantly divey, small, late-night neighborhood bar. After the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Thrillist named it one of the best dives in America, the lore can overtake the reality. Tourists make the effort to visit the Uptown New Orleans hole-in-the-wall seeking some special kind of debauchery, but can also end up realizing this is just another good-time dive.

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17. The Sundown Saloon 1136 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Tucked underneath the walking mall that is Boulder’s Pearl Street – safely away from the bleary-eyed trustifarians, hula hoopers, and drum circles – the bar affectionately known as the Sundowner is a welcome juxtaposition to Boulder’s hippie-dippy image.

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18. The Tam 222 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

A quintessential Boston dive, The Tam delivers heavy-handed pours that are perfect for beginning, ending, or completely forgetting your night out on the town. $3 'Gansett cans and the complete lack of a men's room door complete the vibe.

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19. Wisteria Tavern 3808 N 12th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32503

This Florida dive boasts over 100 beers with 20 on draft, plus pool and pinball to get you through the night.