Not A Dive Bar
Calling a bar a “Dive Bar” does not automatically make it a genuine Dive Bar.
While preparing for this project Steven and kcisme curated a list of dive bars to study from their own research as well as suggestions from others ( yeah, it’s tough work, but somebody has to do it!) As they began to visit a number of Portland “Dive Bars” on their list, they discovered that not all of the bars in Portland that are referred to as ‘Dive Bars’ are actually Dive Bars.
For example, a very nice, very clean bar is NOT a dive bar. No matter how quirky or fun. As this project develops this page will begin to list those Portland bars that are as well as those that are NOT Dive Bars.
Bars that turn out to be genuine Dive Bars will be featured in profile articles here on this website. They may also be included in the forthcoming Portland Dive Bar book.
If a bar on our list of possible Portland Dive Bars sadly turns out not to be a genuine Dive Bar, it will be relegated to this “Not a Dive Bar” page/list. And may still be worth a visit!
Possible Portland Dive Bars
Here is a link to the initial list of (possible) Portland Dive Bars that Steven and kcisme have begun this project with – www.portlanddivebars.com/portland-dive-bars-the-beta-list