What Is A Dive Bar

Portland Dive Bars

What is a Dive Bar?

A dive bar has character.

Usually on the seedy side. It’s gotta be dark, somewhat sticky, smelly and has at least one vinyl seat repaired with duct tape.

You will not want to drink from the glassware without verifying your immunizations are up to date. Service must be surly but never scary.

Kitschy theme or name optional, but often awesome.

A good dive bar makes you feel like you are getting away with something (like sneaking away from work to disappear into a matinee; not that I have firsthand experience with that mind you …)

You feel safely anonymous but also known or maybe recognized as kin. There is no social strata in a good dive bar – we are all one.

Bonus if they serve breakfast!

KC is me

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