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I celebrate those phony holidays as much as Hitler celebrated Yom Kippur, but I'm getting behind this one:

National Dive Bar Day
Here’s a deep ‘dive’ into dive bars and how best to celebrate these establishments.
Many people credit author/poet Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiography, “Barfly,” hailed as an ultimate ‘dive bar’ story even today, as being responsible for bringing dive bars to the cultural mainstream. Apart from a few exceptions — such as the Prohibition and the beatnik era — dive bars were never part of popular culture. “Barfly” and David Lynch’s film “Blue Velvet,” plus mentions in pulp novels and noir thrillers took the humble dive bar to new heights. It became ‘cool’ to celebrate low culture. The end of the ’80s saw many bars adopting the name ‘dive’, even though these establishments were brand new.

The Detroit Free Press ran a great piece earlier this week about the best dive bars around Detroit. The first ten are pretty interesting, especially when you reflect that they're in bad neighborhoods (hence the lack of windows and "armored tank" exterior). After the first ten, the rest of the list is pretty dull: just suburban bars, most of them with none of the history or grittiness that make the first ten interesting (if scary).

Cheap drinks, shabby decor and good times: A list of metro Detroit dive bars
With National Dive Bar Day around the corner, on July 7, here is a list of metro Detroit dive bars you need to check out if you haven’t already.

A Few Other Fun Dive Bar Pieces

High class for the white trash

This Birmingham Dive Bar Transforms Itself into Augusta National for One Day Only
Otey’s Tavern celebrates the Masters with a sod-to-azaleas makeover

When your crappy tavern becomes a gold mine

Shots Out of the Park: The Legendary Dive Bars Near MLB Stadiums
Join us on a captivating journey as we unveil the iconic and legendary dive bars nestled near some notable MLB stadiums.

An Australian tries to understand America's dive bars

What Makes A Dive Bar A Dive Bar?
No, a dive bar is not just a pub!