Dallas Dive Bars


Whether itís a dark and smoky lair, an old town saloon or a hand-painted haven for punks, a dive bar is a miraculous thing. Especially in Dallas, where the big city lights tend to draw lots of big city folks, dive bars provide that much need low-key atmosphere where no one cares what youíre wearing or what youíre drinking. Most of the dives in Dallas maintain mellow, blue-collar vibes with a slightly gritty blend of country and rock, and easygoing regulars can often be found perched on a bar stool chatting with the bartender and casually welcoming everyone to come through the front door. A couple of the dive bars in Dallas also serve some delicious food, which is a welcome treat in a world where dives are generally liquor-only hangouts. From the best thin crust pizza in the city to massive, freshly prepared burgers, these haunts seem to have a deep understanding of the "alcohol on an empty stomach is bad" rule.
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Adair's Saloon

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.939.9900
It's a little bit of country and a little bit of rock n' roll that make Adair's Saloon come to life as one of the better bars in Dallas. Live country music and great burgers make the dive bar a prime destination for college kids and cowgirls. There's the essential pool table and shuffleboard in the back that get more action on busy nights, but usually Adair's Saloon is a prime Dallas lunch spot due to their half-pound burgers. Snagging a bar stool at the main bar is ideal, but the booths in the back by the pool table allow for better conversation and people walking. Adair's is a little bit of classic Texas wrapped up in one Dallas bar.

Louie's

1839 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX; Tel. 214.826.0505
The best thin crust pizza in Dallas is hidden away at this dark dive bar where those who are a big deal try to not be a big deal. The menu has typical bar fare plus their famous pizza and some pastas—and of course plenty of cold beer, but only by the bottle. Regulars sit at the bar chatting with the bartender while others choose to dine at the tables and booths. A tin ceiling and terracotta make the whole scene feel like something out of a movie about cowboys. Leave your spurs and 10-gallon hat at home though, before you mosey over to Louie's.
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—Dallas bar and club reviews by Alanna Lee