Creating The Ultimate Rockford Dive Bar
If you could design your dream dive bar in Rockford, what would it be?
First of all, right away I went to set the record straight. When I say "dive bar," I mean it in the most loving way. I'm really talking about your neighborhood tavern, but I just like the term "dive bar" much better. It's a term of endearment. Nothing negative.
In my younger days, I spent a lot of time out and about boozing with my buddies. We enjoyed hitting "dive bars." I never really had a favorite spot. I preferred bouncing around. In fact, exploring for new places was the best for me. Finding a diamond in the rough. I had so many great times, though the memories are a little foggy.
Just because I didn't have a certain hangout doesn't mean I didn't have characteristics I searched for. It's funny because I recently saw an article about that exact subject.
According to brobile.com,
"What Are The Essential Features Of A Dive Bar?"
That made me go back and think. What was it about "dive bars" that really made me gravitate to them? Here are some of the features that I looked for...
- Cheap drinks - I guess the politically correct way of saying it is affordable.
- Types of beverages - Beer (in a can) and shots (no mixes, just straight out of the bottle.
- Food - Frozen pizza cooked in a small countertop pizza oven.
- Entertainment - CD Juke Box with lots of Classic Rock, a couple of TVs just in case one of my team is playing, and an old school video game.
- Atmosphere - Dark, dingy, and everything hanging up at least a decade old.
- Staff - Friendly and good storytellers.
- Customers - Neighbor regulars.
If we could create the ultimate "dive bar," what's one thing it must have?
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