If you go looking for a dive bar, it can be like seeking buried treasure. You may not know exactly what you’re going to find, but you do know that it is important to find out, because if you don’t, you may regret that you missed the experience. Others may stumble upon an excellent little hole-in-the-wall, and think it a pleasant surprise, like finding 20 bucks in a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in six months. Regardless of your personal tastes, background, profession, or normal choice of bar scene, every city’s dive bars are worth a visit; their individual character, culture, and crowds set them apart, yet unite them in a common purpose: a good time. Dallas has quite a few dive bars, but I’ve singled out four venues that are sure to provide a very interesting adventure.
In the slightly dodgy neighborhood of Fair Park, you will find The Amsterdam Bar: a Monday night haven full of really cool artwork, a fantastic array of beers, and even a bunch of board games available to you and your friends (www.yelp.com). You won’t have to walk far in this seemingly sketchy area though, the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) rail has a train stop less than half a block from the place. Monday night is Jazz Night and there is no cover charge to come in and witness for yourself the superb live music. Don’t worry about getting seats, either: The Amsterdam Bar has a very spacious, lighted outdoor patio with plenty of tables (www.dfw.cbslocal.com).
We mosey on over to Exposition Park to The Double-Wide on Commerce Street. Yes, I said Double-Wide. Their slogan: “Best thing to hit the trailer park since the casserole.” (www.double-wide.com). This, er.. intriguing establishment is exactly as its name describes: a double-wide trailer. You can’t miss the tornado swirling around on top of the building, and inside is even more trailer park culture to behold. Beer is served straight from the can to your mouth, and this bar boasts some unique drink concoctions, from their Boone’s Farm martini with a Pixi Stix sugar rim to the “YooHoo Yee-Haw”- the drink’s tagline is actually, “White Russian meets white trash”. Stirring, isn’t it?
In the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas, The Grapevine Bar sits on Maple Avenue. Exuding its bohemian atmosphere, this hipster bar is a great place for a large variety of music and an excellent view- they have a rooftop bar! Not to mention a basketball court and a huge patio with lots of seating. Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays are all-day happy hour with $3 drinks, how’s that for a party? Make sure to check this place out on your next Texas adventure.
Finally, we have The Slip Inn, in Lower Greenville of Dallas. There is no dress code and no cover charge: a dive bar in its essence. It has a large variety of people, from bikers to hipsters, and the main thing about this particular bar is DANCE. The DJ is always spinning, and dancing is practically mandatory.
I do hope this has been helpful, and you take a look at at least one of these awesome places on your trip to Dallas!