We love a world class bar here at The Daily Meal, trust us. But sometimes, you don’t want a $15 cocktail, a bartender who scoffs at you when you simply want a lager out of a can, or a candlelit speakeasy experience. Sometimes you just want a good old-fashioned dive bar. No matter where you live in the country, from the biggest coastal cities to a small town in Wyoming, we think everyone can appreciate a laid-back drinking atmosphere and some quirky wall décor. So we sought out the best dive in every state.
These places aren’t necessarily the filthiest or the roughest dive bar in every state. You may want to stay clear of those. But these joints offer some very, very important things: cold beers, friendly folks, and a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. At these 51 dive bars, you can walk in happy or walk in grouchy, slouch on a stool, and drink Bud Light out of the bottle without anyone asking any questions.
So whether you’re looking for a new local watering hole or simply want to find new and unusual places with plenty of personality to them while you travel across the county, these are the places for you. So pop open a cold one, put some Led Zeppelin on in the jukebox, and check out the best dive bar in every state.
Alyssa Haak, Carolyn Menyes and Taylor Rock contributed to this article.