Best Dive Bar in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Tom K. via Yelp

South Dakota: Carey’s Bar
> City: Vermillion

Founded in 1954, Carey’s is a college-town dive bar (Vermillion, in the southeastern corner of the state, is home to the University of South Dakota). It’s cash only (there are nightly discounts on various drinks) and there’s no food other than free popcorn – though food may be brought in. “This is a cozy dive bar with wood throughout,” according to one Yelper. “A cool place to have a pint.” A taxidermied elk head with a cigarette in its mouth and “Go Yotes” mittens on its antlers (the USD football team is the Coyotes) overlooks the bar.

Source: Courtesy of Dina N. via Yelp

Tennessee: Santa’s Pub
> City: Nashville

The specialties at this decade-old cash-only establishment are cold beer (the only alcohol on offer) and karaoke. One visiting out-of-towner called this the “Cutest place with the cutest local people (& cool tourists you actually wanna be around),” but warned “Be prepared for a massive hangover!!” Another Yelp reviewer recently reported that country pop star Kelsea Ballerini was in the house recently and “bought the whole bar White Castle sliders.”

Source: Courtesy of El Patio aka Club no Minors via Facebook

Texas: Club No Minors
> City: Houston

In response to local liquor laws in the 1960s, the Galleria area Mexican restaurant El Patio opened a separate operation, the Club Villa Sana, through a door just inside the entrance. A sign reading “No Minors” was attached to the door, and the place soon became known as Club No Minors. The room is small, the live music (sometimes mariachis) is loud, and the margaritas – served in big water glasses – are potent. Patrons have been known to dance on the tables after a couple too many.

Source: Courtesy of Todd S. via Yelp

Utah: Cheers to You
> City: Salt Lake City

“[L]oud and crowded and the design was likely commissioned by a drunk,” according to Yelp, whose reviewers also comment repeatedly on the rude bouncers. On the other hand, it’s a “fun casual dive bar with great drinks” with “[a]wesome bartenders and very friendly door guys” and “[e]xcellent, timely, courteous service.”

Source: Courtesy of Urban A. via Yelp

Vermont: Charlie-O’s
> City: Montpelier

This one-time biker hangout has turned into what one Yelper reviewer described as “a tiny little dive bar like you see in the movies where all the locals hang out for cheap drinks.” Another cited the “diverse crowd of bureaucrats, hippies and pool sharks” (or as another one put it “[n]ice people from all walks of life…congressmen to bums (if you can tell them apart)….” Alcohol is cheap here, but several reviewers have complained about the bar’s practice of limiting the number of drinks they’ll serve each customer (a not very dive-bar-like policy).

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