The dive bars are oh-so-divey
While Southern Illinois may be home to a large number of university students, you’ll find that dive bars hold more weight than the stereotypical college bar around these parts. One of our favorites is Fast Eddies Bon Air in Alton, which was built by Anheuser-Busch in 1921 and has food so cheap, you’ll swear you’re paying old-school prices. Speaking of food, The Frosty Mug in Mount Vernon is known for its killer BBQ. For those that want the “dive” experience without the bar, swing by the Root Beer Saloon in Alto Pass. This teetotaling saloon has a truly bizarre interior featuring over 300 taxidermied items, a giant statue of King Tut, a diorama replica of a New York tenement from the 1930s, and more. If you’re claustrophobic, you may want to skip it.