Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: What's Your Favorite Dive Bar?

Hello, Peat Monster
Hello, Peat Monster
"My favorite dive bar is easily Blue and Gold. Great juke box, a pool table, and they have had the same bottle of Peat Monster there forever—it's $4.50 a pour. There's no better deal in the city." — Theo Lieberman (Lantern's Keep, Milk & Honey )
My Friend Jameson
My Friend Jameson
"My favorite dive is actually in San Francisco. It's called 540 Club. I spent my formative early 20's here making friends with the bartenders and locals, and making enemies with Jameson Irish Whiskey. The staff and regulars are awesome, and that's what makes a dive bar. Nobody goes for the weird smells and cocktail list." — Rhea Buckner (Bleecker Street Bar, HiFi)
It's A Bit Early For That...
It's A Bit Early For That...
"My favorite dive bar was a place called TS Muttleys in Washington, DC. It was a Red Sox dive bar on a major corridor in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. You could always get a cold beer and lots of Jameson at any time of day. It stopped being my favorite dive bar when I saw someone throw up on the floor at lunch time, then carry on with their food and drink. That was a bit much." —Dave McCabe ( Punk's Backyard Grill )
Karaoke and Wings
Karaoke and Wings
"I don't think they'd mind me referring to it as a dive bar but while I lived in Melbourne, FL, Chumley's was always good for a beer and some wings after a long day in the ridiculous Florida humidity. Oh, and karaoke Tuesdays. Some day the people of Melbourne will forgive me..." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)
Do They Love Me?
Do They Love Me?
"The rare few that love me back: Four-Faced Liar, Lit, St. Dymphna's [all in New York]." — Aaron Polsky (Amor y Amargo, Neta, @ontopofthebar)
Pints, Shots, Dirty Floors
Pints, Shots, Dirty Floors
"Places that serve pints and shots only. Dirty floors and the kind of place where you can’t tell whether the bartender is working or a drinking buddy. One of my favorite dives in LA is Jumbo’s Clown Room." —Chris Ojeda (Cecconi’s,Soho House)