Dive right in….

So I was sitting in the Nitelite having a drink last night, started thinking about the lack of good “dive bars” in Seattle. I remember back in the day when Seattle had more than it’s share of these types of places.

The old Frontier Room was always a cool place but that’s long gone, it seems like alot of Seattle history is vanishing along with these establishments. Pioneer Square is a shell of it’s former self; I think The Central is about the only place down there that isn’t completely different or out of business. (Although the “new” Swannie’s in Occidental Park is pretty cool)….

Of course there’s the Five Point and The Mecca, doesn’t get much divier than that. Keep in mind that I mean “dive” in the best possible context. There’s just something fun and interesting about these places that you don’t find in your typical new “martini/cool lighting” bar….

I can only think of a handful more places around town, Baranof on Greenwood is definitely an old-school dive, The Rickshaw is classic too….

I know that change happens, sometimes for better and sometimes for worse, it just seems that alot of local flavor and character is disappearing….

Anyone know of any other “divey” spots around town or want to share some dive bar memories?maharaja

3 Comments so far

  1. jared on June 25th, 2009 @ 8:35 am

    the Tin Hat in ballard?

  2. ltraxler on June 26th, 2009 @ 7:57 am

    I used to be a fan of the Storeroom on Eastlake. They had $1 pints of Henry’s on Friday nights, free pool during the day and loud bands at night. No old men, though, which is kind of a requirement for a true dive bar.

  3. stan on June 26th, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    I second The Tin Hat, that place is awesome. The Storeroom and the Green Lantern are both, tragically, closed, but the Lava Lounge in Belltown has bathrooms as deeply disgusting as the Storeroom used to boast.

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