In years past, a dive bar was a term reserved for places that were a threat to civil society: disreputable, dangerous, oftentimes criminal places where fights would break out after angry words were spoken, resulting in spilled liquor and blood on floors.
In modern times, our society has redefined dive bars in more desirable terms. Today they are no-frills, simple, yet welcoming neighborhood bars that are not corporate-owned, offering cheap, strong drinks and authentic atmospheres. In modern dive bars you find people from all backgrounds who just want to hang out in a public place where all pretenses have been thrown out the window, where people can be real for just a little while. We feel the bars on this list meet these requirements and then some.