10 Best Dive Bars in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Our favorite dive bars may be cheap and trashy but they're also full of charm.
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.

See Also:
- 10 Favorite Pools in Metro Phoenix
- 10 Best Punk Bars in Phoenix
- 10 Best Margaritas in Metro Phoenix

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Heather Hoch
Palo Verde Lounge is a melting pot for weird experiences.
Palo Verde Lounge
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.

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Heather Hoch
Bikers of all kinds are welcome at T.T. Roadhouse.
T.T. Roadhouse Pub
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.

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Heather Hoch
Bikini Lounge is a great dive for dancing.
Bikini Lounge
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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Palo Verde Lounge

1015 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

TT Roadhouse Pub

2915 N. 68th St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Bikini Lounge

1502 Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Monkey Pants Bar & Grill

3223 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Rogue Bar

423 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Shady's

2701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Rips Ales & Cocktails

3045 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Dirtwater Springs

586 W. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Rock

4129 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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3 comments
LivesInMetroPhoenix
LivesInMetroPhoenix

Tempe is not in Metro Phoenix, it is a suburb of Phoenix.  In fact none of the places you mentioned are in Metro Phoenix.  Go read a map.

combover
combover

Transphobia has got to go.

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