10 Best Dive Bars in Metro Phoenix
Although craft cocktailing and mixology have made it trendy to spend way too much money on one drink, there will always be a place in our bar roster for a good old fashioned dive bar. Great jukeboxes, cheap drinks and the opportunity to shark some n00bs at pool keep us coming back to some of the seedier spots in town. The ambiance may not be for everyone, but if you can hang at any of these ten spots around the Phoenix-metro area, you're sure to have a fun, unique and usually rowdy time.
Heather Hoch Our favorite dive bars may be cheap and trashy but they're also full of charm.
Palo Verde Lounge
Heather Hoch Palo Verde Lounge is a melting pot for weird experiences.
Regardless of how you intend any given night to pan out, if it ends at the PV, chances are that it'll be a little weird. Whether that means watching a transvestite rap or listening to some random dude tell you how he's going back to prison in four days, only time will tell. Just settle in, put some Oingo Boingo on the jukebox, down a few pickle shots and enjoy the ride. And, hey -- if you come on a night where the crowd is less than entertaining, you can surely spend a few hours playing the Simpsons pinball game in the back.
T.T. Roadhouse Pub
Heather Hoch Bikers of all kinds are welcome at T.T. Roadhouse.
Part cowboy biker bar, part SoSco hipster hangout, T.T. Roadhouse is a cozy little spot for any kind of folk looking to drink on the cheap. While the Roadhouse originally catered to motorcycle-type bikes, cyclists have also recently found solace in T.T.'s classic digs -- probably because $4 gets you a shot of whiskey and your choice of a PBR or Hamm's all day, every day. Now that's a drinkin' deal that can bring together any type of rider.
Heather Hoch Bikini Lounge is a great dive for dancing.
When our dive bar targets are set on Bikini Lounge, it means that we're ready to dance. With 602'sdays giving us our EDM fix and Boris and Shane Kennedy on the weekends playing everything from Selena to The Smiths, Bikini Lounge has earned its place as one of our favorite places to cut a rug. Unlike most dance spots in town, Bikini doesn't charge cover and doesn't have a dress code so we're free to be our (broke) selves on the dance floor. The creepy tiki décor and overall dinginess just add to the fun.
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