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11 Iconic Dallas Dive Bars, Mapped

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We love hand-muddled cocktails with six obscure ingredients as much as the next person, but sometimes simple is better: A dirt-cheap can of icy cold beer, or a knock-you-on-your-ass strong vodka soda or rum and coke, along with a jukebox and maybe a pool table. Luckily, Dallas has plenty of bars where drinkers can seek refuge from lengthy cocktail lists and fedoras. What better time than Cocktail Week to celebrate the city's diviest dive bars, replete with busted vinyl booths, slightly menacing regulars, delightfully conversational bartenders, and annoying cash-only policies?

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lee Harvey's

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1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-1555
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Tucked into a slightly sketchy part of south Dallas, Lee Harvey's huge gravel yard with fire pits and picnic benches make it the perfect place to get cozy with cheap canned beer on a chilly night. The inside is covered in wood paneling and most of the vinyl booths inside are pretty busted, but the burgers are killer and there's live music on the weekends.

2. Adair's Saloon

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2624 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 939-9900
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Adair's is Sharpie-graffitied within an inch of its life. Pop in to this Deep Ellum haunt located next door to pizza legend Cane Rosso to leave your mark while waiting for a juicy backyard-style burger. Live music happens often and it could be anything from punk to country.

3. Lakewood Landing

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5818 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 823-2410
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A slightly upscale dive (and by that, we mean they have Stella Artois), the Landing is dark, smoky, and did we mention dark? There's a jukebox, a pool table, plenty of wood paneling and ripped vinyl booths. A late-night, hand-dipped corndog from the Landing is practically a Dallas rite of passage.

4. Club Schmitz

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9661 Denton Drive
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 350-3607
This sixty year old hole in the wall still smells of cigarettes, despite the no smoking policy. Beer is dirt cheap ($1.75 drafts?!) and burgers are good and greasy. A jukebox, pool table and shuffleboard provide plenty of good ol' American entertainment. Cash only, BYOB liquor.

5. Double Wide

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3510 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 887-6510
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The Double Wide may be overrun with hipsters, but it's somewhere every Dallasite should experience at least once. Order a delightfully trashy frozen Yoohoo drink or Boone's Farm-tini (it is a trailer, after all) and grab a seat at one of the toilets-turned-chairs out back. Great place to catch a local punk band.

6. The Grapevine Bar

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3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 522-8466
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Where else besides The Grapevine can you play basketball with a dude in high heels while drinking Everclear bellinis? This dark and slightly dingy Maple Avenue bar is known for its cheap drinks and diverse crowd, and the jukebox has pretty much every Lady Gaga song ever.

7. Ships Lounge

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1613 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
Before you go to Ships, you oughta know of the "no cussing" policy. That, in addition to the the year-round Christmas lights, excellent jukebox and unique regulars, make this place one of a kind. Ships only serves beer and wine, meaning you can bring your own liquor and just pay for mixers. (Really.) Cash only.

8. Tradewinds Social Club

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2843 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75211
(214) 337-9075
Dirt-cheap drinks, a slightly sketchy location with no signage, Schlitz in a can, pool tables, a dance floor, and friendly bartenders make Tradewinds a quintessential dive. DJ nights bring a slightly younger hipster crowd.

9. The Loon

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3531 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 559-3059
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The Loon is overrun with leering polo-wearing Uptowners on the weekends, so come earlier or on an off-peak night. The drinks are arguably the strongest in town, meaning nights at the Loon are probably some of the best you'll never remember. The menu is unexpectedly diverse and solid all around.

10. Louie's

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1839 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-0505
Fabulously dark and divey, Dallas institution Louie's draws crowds nightly for the thin and crispy pizza, strong drinks and sometimes rude service. Be warned: Parking is a bitch and they only take Amex and cash.

11. The Goat

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7248 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214-4124
(214) 327-8119
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Feel like playing hooky from work?This Lakewood "neighborhood blues bar" opens at 7 a.m. The bar is partially held together with duct tape and the bathrooms are pretty sketchy, but you don't come to The Goat for the atmosphere--you come for the amazing live blues and the friendly regulars. Sunday night karaoke is legendary.

1. Lee Harvey's

1807 Gould St, Dallas, TX 75215
Tucked into a slightly sketchy part of south Dallas, Lee Harvey's huge gravel yard with fire pits and picnic benches make it the perfect place to get cozy with cheap canned beer on a chilly night. The inside is covered in wood paneling and most of the vinyl booths inside are pretty busted, but the burgers are killer and there's live music on the weekends.
1807 Gould St
Dallas, TX 75215

2. Adair's Saloon

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
Adair's is Sharpie-graffitied within an inch of its life. Pop in to this Deep Ellum haunt located next door to pizza legend Cane Rosso to leave your mark while waiting for a juicy backyard-style burger. Live music happens often and it could be anything from punk to country.
2624 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

3. Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St., Dallas, TX 75206
A slightly upscale dive (and by that, we mean they have Stella Artois), the Landing is dark, smoky, and did we mention dark? There's a jukebox, a pool table, plenty of wood paneling and ripped vinyl booths. A late-night, hand-dipped corndog from the Landing is practically a Dallas rite of passage.
5818 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75206

4. Club Schmitz

9661 Denton Drive, Dallas, TX 75220
This sixty year old hole in the wall still smells of cigarettes, despite the no smoking policy. Beer is dirt cheap ($1.75 drafts?!) and burgers are good and greasy. A jukebox, pool table and shuffleboard provide plenty of good ol' American entertainment. Cash only, BYOB liquor.
9661 Denton Drive
Dallas, TX 75220

5. Double Wide

3510 Commerce St., Dallas, TX 75226
The Double Wide may be overrun with hipsters, but it's somewhere every Dallasite should experience at least once. Order a delightfully trashy frozen Yoohoo drink or Boone's Farm-tini (it is a trailer, after all) and grab a seat at one of the toilets-turned-chairs out back. Great place to catch a local punk band.
3510 Commerce St.
Dallas, TX 75226

6. The Grapevine Bar

3902 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
Where else besides The Grapevine can you play basketball with a dude in high heels while drinking Everclear bellinis? This dark and slightly dingy Maple Avenue bar is known for its cheap drinks and diverse crowd, and the jukebox has pretty much every Lady Gaga song ever.
3902 Maple Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Ships Lounge

1613 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Before you go to Ships, you oughta know of the "no cussing" policy. That, in addition to the the year-round Christmas lights, excellent jukebox and unique regulars, make this place one of a kind. Ships only serves beer and wine, meaning you can bring your own liquor and just pay for mixers. (Really.) Cash only.
1613 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

8. Tradewinds Social Club

2843 W Davis St., Dallas, TX 75211
Dirt-cheap drinks, a slightly sketchy location with no signage, Schlitz in a can, pool tables, a dance floor, and friendly bartenders make Tradewinds a quintessential dive. DJ nights bring a slightly younger hipster crowd.
2843 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75211

9. The Loon

3531 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
The Loon is overrun with leering polo-wearing Uptowners on the weekends, so come earlier or on an off-peak night. The drinks are arguably the strongest in town, meaning nights at the Loon are probably some of the best you'll never remember. The menu is unexpectedly diverse and solid all around.
3531 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Louie's

1839 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Fabulously dark and divey, Dallas institution Louie's draws crowds nightly for the thin and crispy pizza, strong drinks and sometimes rude service. Be warned: Parking is a bitch and they only take Amex and cash.
1839 N. Henderson Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

11. The Goat

7248 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214-4124
Feel like playing hooky from work?This Lakewood "neighborhood blues bar" opens at 7 a.m. The bar is partially held together with duct tape and the bathrooms are pretty sketchy, but you don't come to The Goat for the atmosphere--you come for the amazing live blues and the friendly regulars. Sunday night karaoke is legendary.
7248 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX 75214-4124

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