By “dive bar” it SHOULD meet some of these criteria:
-Not owned by a chain or franchise (ie TGI Fridays)
-Food is optional, but must be a bar that happens to serve food, not a restaurant that happens to have a bar. Hot wings and baloney bites earn huge extra points, though!
-Must serve beer.
-Preferably no plants.
-Jukebox or good music almost a must.
-Pool tables and arcade games a huge plus.
You get the idea. Here are some nominees from my travels:
CANNON’S, Allentown, PA. Looks like a dump from the outside; on the inside it’s nice and dark, great food, and never serves light beer on tap!
THAT’S IT!, Melbourne, FL- Antique bar. Very friendly crowd and owners, tons of exotic beers on tap, blues music on jukebox when live music is not being played.
MCCARDLES, Moselem, PA- Great food, good crowd, tons of TVs, Internet jukebox, and they just updated their Megatouch machine! Woo-hoo!
O’MALLEY’S, Allentown, PA- Great college Irish bar. Shuffleboard table, games, pool tables and the best cheese fries on the planet. Steak Night on Fridays is a huge winner.
CASEY’S, Quakertown, PA- Unfortunately they redocrated 5 years ago, but still a great hangout. Pool tables, dart boards, you get the gist.