America's Best Dive Bars Slideshow

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Toronado Pub
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Toronado Pub, San Francisco
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At first blush, the sticker-strewn tavern on San Francisco’s famed Haight Street may seem like a buck-a-beer watering hole. But closer inspection reveals dozens of tap handles lining the walls and more than 40 craft beers, most sold for barely more than the price of a Bud.

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Amber DeGrace/Amberdegrace.com

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Bubba's Sulky Lounge
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Bubba's Sulky Lounge, Portland, Maine
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Sixteen-ounce cans of Pabst fuel the madness at this sprawling, flea market–fabulous complex featuring an Old West saloon, tons of taxidermy, a collection of lunch boxes and — as if you needed more — a light-up dance floor.

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Bubba's Sulky Lounge

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McGlinchey's Bar & Grill
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McGlinchey's Bar & Grill, Philadelphia
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Smoke hangs heavy in the air at the grotty saloon, where the horseshoe-shaped bar is filled with creased old men puffing unfiltered cigarettes beside slumming twenty-somethings sipping on how-can-they-be-this-cheap microbrews. Chili dogs for a buck and a quarter seal the scummy deal.

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Yelp/Dave H.

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Clermont Lounge
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Clermont Lounge, Atlanta
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Sunken beneath the seamy Clermont Motor Hotel is this proudly sleazy strip joint, where amply proportioned dancers will, once you finish your beer, flatten the can between their bosoms.

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Flickr/styro

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Southgate House, Newport, Ky.
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Near the Ohio River’s gushing banks sits the circa-1814 mansion where Abe Lincoln once bunked and prostitutes once prowled. Nowadays, the Southgate’s a kooky rocker clubhouse suited for glugging a whiskey-loaded Tommy Gun. It’s named after the weapon’s inventor, who was born at the Southgate.

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Flickr/ctnnpt

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Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, Austin
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On Sundays, come to this teensy roadhouse to drain longnecks of Lone Star, grub on gratis hot dogs and bet on a pooping chicken. A chicken coop with a numbered checkerboard floor crowns the pool table. If the fowl defecates on your number, you win!

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Yelp/Jay B S (jaybsauceda.com)

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Salty Dawg Saloon
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Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer, Alaska
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Halibut fishermen haunt the Salty Dawg Saloon, where currency and women's underwear cover the century-old walls. Tipplers congregate to guzzle salty dogs — salt-rimmed vodka-and-grapefruit greyhounds. Play nice, or your cranium could provide company for the bar’s real human skull.

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Flickr/Zaskoda

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Double Down Saloon, Las Vegas
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“Shut up and drink” is the motto at this scuzzy, 24-hour rocker haunt where you can gamble with your money and your health. Specialties of the house include a bacon martini and the nuclear-green, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink “ass juice.”

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Flickr/Todd Lussier

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Ms. Mae's, New Orleans
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Forget Bourbon Street: For one of New Orleans’ finest bars, head uptown to this insanely cheap dump where, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, you can buy a potent mixed drink for a dollar. Want a double? That’ll be an extra dollar, please.

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Wikimedia Commons/Infrogmation

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Milo's Bocce Garden, St. Louis, Mo.
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The nicotine-stained Italian joint offers dual backyard bocce courts where seniors and hepcats alike suck back cheap pitchers of Bud or locally brewed Schlafly Pale Ale, toss a couple frames and scarf down authentic meatball subs.

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Waymarking.com/BruceS

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Zeitgeist
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Zeitgeist, San Francisco
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Moto-heads, punkers, and indie rockers alike congregate at this sprawling booze joint with a beer garden, greasy BBQ, and operating hours to make an alcoholic smile. The bar starts serving at 9 a.m. Too drunk to stumble home? Rent a room right above the bar.

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Flick/Pistols Drawn

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The Mutiny, Chicago
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There’s never a cover charge at the head-banging hangout, where heavy metal and punk bands often take the stage and beer is served in frosty, 32-ounce “supermugs” sold for as little as $4. A couple of those and you’ll be ready to investigate the King Kong–size urinal.

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Flickr/icki

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Mary's Club, Portland, Ore.
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Portland has no shortage of strip-clubs, but the venerable Mary’s — it’s existed for nearly 50 years — wins us over with its laid-back vibe, killer jukebox, and more than two dozen kinds of beer served by a friendly crew of female bartenders. As a bonus, there’s a Mexican restaurant attached to the bar.

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Flickr/April L. Sanders

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The 5 Point Café, Seattle, Wa.
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“We cheat tourists and drunks” is one of the slogans at this Seattle legend, where duct tape stabilizes the furniture and the men’s bathroom features a jerry-rigged periscope providing a view of the Space Needle. To sop up the 16-ounce cans of Olympia and 40-ouncers of Olde English, breakfast is served all day and night, including a gargantuan chicken fried steak.

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Wikimedia Commons/Ricardo Martins

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Mac's Club Deuce, Miami
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At this antidote to trendy Miami Beach, the neon-drenched fun runs from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m., featuring plenty of pool, cut-rate drinks, and a crowd that runs the gamut from senior citizens to tattoo artists, trannies, and slumming swells.

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Flickr/Lana_aka_BADGRL

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Gotham City Lounge, Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Once a storefront church, this bunker-like bar is now a holy shrine to superheroes and comic books, with collectibles covering every corner. Don’t care for Batman or Robin? You’ll be plenty pleased by the $3 PBR-and-whiskey special.

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@athoNYC