Miami's Ten Best Dive Bars: Where to Spend New Year's After the Party Ends
It's hard to pin down exactly what a dive bar is -- you just know it when you step into one. It's all about the ambiance. It's dark, dirty, low-key, and smells like cigarettes. The term might have originated during Prohibition to describe basement-level speakeasies.
They open early and close late. They might have a kitchen, and if you're really lucky, you might get laid with a drunk tourist in a bathroom stall.
In 2010, Playboy described a dive bar as "a church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows -- bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities."
What else can you expect from a dive bar? How about some pool, darts, and karaoke? Aside from the low expectations and high ATM fees, dives are complete with activities that should keep you from dumping $500 to bail yourself out of jail.
This place is almost not a dive bar because it is too fancy on the inside and has a website, but because it has a dancing pole where bar flies can attract their next mate, we'll throw it in the mix. There are 50-cent beers on Mondays, live DJs, a beer bong, and a pool table, plus it's open till 5 a.m. And no cover for New Year's Eve either.
This place has a fancy-looking website, but a dive needs an edge to hook you. Located on Purdy Avenue in South Beach, it opens at 3 p.m. weekdays and 6 p.m. weekends. Two-for-one happy-hour drinks end at 7 p.m. After that, beer and mixed drinks are moderately priced. The place morphs into a dark, dungeon-like space, but there are cool lava lamps on the walls. Expect the unexpected, with an eclectic crowd of hipsters, headbangers, rastas, and the occasional DJ lounging on couches and dancing. No cover and open till 5 a.m.