What is your favorite dive bar?

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  • #70154

    BuffaloHawk
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    I like Molly Maguires but when the weather is nice I really enjoy the deck at Water Wheel.

    #70156

    Edog
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    There was/is a place back in Columbus called the Blue Danube AKA Blue Dube, or The Dube. I don’t know if it still exists but that place was a good dive, as was Larry’s

    #70157

    pennygirl
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    The Intrepid Fox, Wardour St. Males weren’t allowed in if they were wearing a tie.

    #70160

    Sunset Hill Irish
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    Pono Ranch ‘neath the Ballard Bridge. It’s only the sail-like patio covering and magnificent, rusty industrial finds that make it seem divey. Good beer, decent food, nice cocktails, still mostly undiscovered. Love the post-apocolyptic vibe of the decor. Oh, and I miss the old Hattie’s Hat (ya know, when there was always a heavy haze of cigarette smoke and lots of folk from the shipbuilding and related industries on Salmon Bay).

    #70168

    great idea
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    the Pono Ranch? you’ve got to be kidding me.
    that is the least dive bar in Ballard. totally contrived, not unlike a chili’s or red robin.

    I think they should call it the pony ranch for all the post-menopausal women I see there.

    #70171

    Pixl Pete
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    Copper Gate, the old one, and the new one too, both gone… to Olaf’s.

    #70172

    oldguybc
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    Sloop still open? Everything else is gone…
    Got a place down here called the Hyde Park, not all that bad as a dive bar…

    #70173

    Cate
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    GI – You knocking post-menopausal women? Clearly you don’t know what you are talking about. Once you stop having to worry about birth control the fun really starts.

    #70178

    Angeline
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    I’m not a huge dive bar fan, but the 4-Bs on Leary makes an excellent burger plate, cheap. Really bad music the time I was in, though, and judging the other patrons by their looks probably not really the kind of music they like best either. Not sure what’s up with that, but no one really seemed to care. Too busy chatting, drinking, eating, playing pool.

    #70179

    SunsetHillGuy
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    yes the sloop is still there, I’d have to go with it as it’s really the only dive I go to when I go out. sadly it and the lockspot are about the only things in that part of Ballard that haven’t changed much over the years

    #70180

    SmartsyArtsy
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    Cate +1

    But I do agree with great idea on the point that Pono is def not a dive bar, and is very contrived.

    #70181

    Kate
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    I’ve not been there but I have never forgotten The Sloop being described (on the old forum) as a place that you were guaranteed to be able to pick up a woman if you weren’t fussy. That sounds promising for someone looking for a dive bar.

    #70186

    Sunset Hill Irish
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    Idea, the contrived quality of Pono Ranch is exactly what makes it a dive bar for me. The hard-drinking cheap drinks dive bars of dive bars in Ballard is, one might suggest, the one adjacent to Golden City Chinese Restaurant on 22nd near Market. Also, OGBC, I love Sloop Tavern. Don’t consider it a dive bar, rather, a great neighborhood spot and meet-up place after sailing. Agree with other commenters that the Sloop and Lockspot remain, for the moment, an assuring continuation of Ballard.

    #70194

    Jimmy Rustler
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    I’m a fan of the Tin Hat. Cheap drinks and a good jukebox make a good dive for me. Also, they have nightly food/drink specials. The $4 spaghetti on Wednesdays is great.

    The only negative thing I have to say about the place is that it seems like a “locals only” type place where everyone knows each other and aren’t crazy about the idea of new people discovering the place. Also, the bartender seem like a dick. Otherwise, it’s a great place!

    #70197

    Gray Pedersen
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    The WATER WHEEL! The place should be all over this forum: truly large, strong, and inexpensive drinks, good bar food, a dark fake wood paneling, low ceiling, friendly folks, live music Wednesdays, and an astro-turfed outside smoking area with rain shelter. As one Ballardite said, “It’s more like Wisconsin, or U.P.”

    #70199

    Matthew
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    Finally a topic I can meaningfully contribute to.
    In no particular order.

    Stoneburner : not a dive per se, but certainly falls under the broad umbrella and you can me sneak in from time to time.

    Wingmasters: say no more.

    2 Bit Saloon : ditto

    Ballard Smoke Shop : ditto times 2

    Lock Spot : I think this qualifies without any question.

    #70200

    Nora Bell
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    Even locals who wander in for the first time get the cold shoulder from other customers at the Tin Hat. Never went in again.
    And Molly McGuires is a dive bar?
    The Smokeshop got a little less divey when they painted over the carpeted walls, but that’s still the closest thing to a favorite dive bar in Ballard. Nothing, however, beats the Baranof in Greenwood for true dive bar entertainment.

    #70201

    Nora Bell
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    Oh, yes, the Lockspot too, of course. :-)

    #70203

    Edog
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    In my mind a good diver bar crosses generations, not in that people of all ages drink there, but that people across the ages have drunk there. Additionally I think a dive is a bar so constant in its atmosphere that its been the same place across those generations. A real dive is as constant as any statue in front of city hall. By my own narrow standard, a few of the bars mentioned here fall short. Perhaps they are cheap no nonsense low rent low maintenance places, but few of these places have stood the test of time, nor do they feel like they will.

    #70207

    Sunset Hill David
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    I agree with The Sloop, Waterwheel and Tin Hat and would add King’s, Lock and Keel, and Hatties Hat. New places cannot by definition be dive bars.

    #70209

    great idea
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    King’s??? there were a bunch of frat boys last time I went by and it did not give that ‘dive bar’ vibe.

    a dive bar needs to be dark, a little seedy even. a pool table is also required, as is a saloon dog who sleeps under this pool table.

    the basic decor is one of indifference. the wood bar smells of piss and stale beer.

    the bathroom is always scary. there will be no door on the stall and cigarette butts clogging the urinal.

    that said, I don’t think dive bars need to be that old– say five years min.

    #70212

    Matthew
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    Absolutely agree. Scary bathrooms define seediness IMHO. Scariest used to be a toss up between the old Dubliner in Fremont ( not the replacement, but when it was beside the Red Door ) and the old New Orleans in Pioneer Square.

    Not to too graphic, but in both cases it was basically a wall with a hole in the floor. Now THAT is a dive!

    #70213

    Nora Bell
    Participant

    The old New Orleans in Pioneer Square? Is the current one a replacement? The ladies room isn’t bad, aside from the gaudy decor.

    #70214

    BuffaloHawk
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    The scariest bathroom I was in and there is no comparison was CBGB in NYC. I was tempted to go to a clinic and get a shot afterwards.

    #70216

    Jimmy Rustler
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    I just looked it up on yelp and I feel like I should check out this waterwheel place.

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