There are times when you feel like getting all dressed up for a Michelin-starred restaurant, and then there are times when you just want to throw a few beers back at a good dive bar. Tattered decor, dim lights, a dusty pool table in the far corner, and the occasional local band gracing the makeshift stage are just a few of things that make up some of the best dive bars in America. Here are 15 bars from across the nation where you can order the stiffest drinks and have some unpretentious fun.
1. Double Down Saloon – Las Vegas
If you’re tired of the expensive cocktails in the hotels on the strip, head down to this dive bar on Paradise Road. With a motto like, “Shut Up & Drink,” you’re bound to pound down their selection of liquor to your heart’s content. Opened back in 1992, Double Down Saloon is home to the bacon martini, and if you want to burn off those extra calories afterward, you can groove to the live music that takes place on the center stage. And, of course, there are a few slot and keno machines available. This is Vegas, after all.