What exactly is a dive bar to you? Smaller, not the super popular joint, maybe a little bit out of the way?

Three young women at the bar counter holding drinks

Do you want to be seen or do you want cheap drinks? Whatever your taste is, here are some Chicago "Dive Bars" you might enjoy according to Go Plug

  • Alice’s Lounge 3556 W Belmont Ave
  • Carol’s Pub 4659 N Clark St
  • Richard’s Bar 491 N Milwaukee Ave
  • L&L Tavern 3207 N Clark St
  • Happy Village 1059 N Wolcott Ave
  • Skylark 2149 S Halsted St
  • Delilah’s 2771 N Lincoln Ave
  • The Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave
  • Exit 1315 W North Ave
  • Rossi’s Liquors 412 N State St
  • Old Town Ale House 219 W North Ave
  • The Matchbox 770 N Milwaukee Ave

Watching "Bar Rescue" I learned what Jon Taffer thinks a "dive bar" is. But, he is the smartest man alive according to himself so take that for what it's worth.

If I am comfortable, the beer is cold and the staff is friendly, I am good. Oh, maybe one of those pizza oven things. Pizza is always a good thing.

According to the Google Machine, a Dive Bar is an English term for a disreputable bar or pub. It also mentions that Individual bars may be considered to be disreputable, sinister, of poor upkeep, or even a detriment to the community. "Sinister" huh?

Whatever your choice of "Dive Bar", enjoy!

In honor of your favorite Dive, here is a man drinking a beer in 3 seconds. Don't try this at home.



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