Best Dive Bar in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Two Girls And A Globe B. via Yelp

Hawaii: Honolulu Tavern
> City: Honolulu

“If you look up the definition of dive bar in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of this place,” wrote one fan of this hole-in-the-wall local favorite on Yelp. Different cocktails and shots are featured every day of the week, and everybody seems to love the bartenders, variously hailed as “awesome,” “talkative,” and “the nicest people.”

Source: Courtesy of Cactus Bar via Yelp

Idaho: Cactus Bar
> City: Boise

“Many a Jäger Bomb has been defused at this downtown institution,” according to Boise Weekly. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Cactus Bar offers “cheap strong drinks,” including $3 well drinks and domestic drafts and $5.50 microbrews – cash only. The clientele, says the Old Boise website, “includes bikers, students, and pretty much anyone who loves to drink.”

Source: Courtesy of Sarah S. via Yelp

Illinois: Chipp Inn
> City: Chicago

This bar’s origins are said to date back at least a century. The Chicago Bar Project website describes this cash-only corner joint as “a smallish room with walls of green and a gold-painted tin ceiling…[with] a battered wooden floor…[and] much Old Style and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer memorabilia.” Bring your own food (or order in), but as one local Yelper put it, it also has “cold beer, friendly bartender, reasonable prices, late hours…Just what was needed when we ran out of booze at home.”

Source: Courtesy of Dea A. via Yelp

Indiana: Alley Bar
> City: Bloomington

“This is a day drinker’s paradise: peanut shells on the floor, solid selection of taps, natural light from street windows (but not too much), and a salty and well seasoned bartender/owner/operator.” That’s according to a Yelp reviewer from Indianapolis. “Dark, narrow, hole in the wall, but perfect,” wrote another Yelper, adding, “it’s a place your father would have had drinks.”

Source: Courtesy of Kara D. via Yelp

Iowa: Locust Tap
> City: Des Moines

Extravagantly graffiti’d walls, a decrepit tin ceiling, a drink-stained pool table – and, in the words of one Yelp reviewer, “They play loud music, have cheap beer, [and] the booths are falling apart….”

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