7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

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  • rbserraverizonnet1224755788 posted 2 years ago

    Love the description "cheerily cranky" - I have worked for the last 10 years at a local longstanding (over 80 years with current owners going on 40 years) dive bar, a term I use lovingly. Some over the years have called me some pretty creative things - others not so creative. I have always liked to describe myself as having a no nonsense approach, but I'm really warming up to cheerily cranky.

  • deetman posted 3 years ago

    I see that this is primarily a big city list, but even big city people come to see Mickey Mouse! The Big Bamboo Lounge in Kissimmee, FL was a TRUE dive, filled with authenticity. Bruce Muir, a WWII Vet, opened it in the 70's, complete with all kinds of artifacts from the South Pacific. Nautical items, a large Turtle shell, and LOTS of bamboo. Big Band music was the soundtrack, and the bar was quickly adopted by workers from nearby, newly opened Walt Disney World. All kinds of Disney ephemera started to be added to the mix. In the late 80's, when I discovered it, the rum drinks topped out at $5; most were less. If you HAD to have beer, it was Milwaukee's best on tap, served ice cold, unironically, in a mason jar for a buck. The bartenders were cheerily cranky, and Bruce could always spin a tale or two for you. It was sort of a divey version of Don The Beachcomber's.

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