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Dive bar

Posted by SR on March 11, 2004

In Reply to: Dive bar posted by Scott Flynn on March 11, 2004

: I'm doing some research and would appreciate any feedback on the possible derivation of this term. Thanks

: The elusive definition of a "dive"
Dive: (Slang). A disreputable entertainment establishment (Merriam-Webster).

The term dive bar was coined in the 1800's, when these establishments were generally located below street level, away from genteel and pampered respectable citizens. But what exactly defines a dive bar today?
_ Cheap drinks.
_ A jukebox with a selection that would satiate your punk aficionado older brother, Rat Pack adoring grandfather, and soul singer swooning girlfriend.
_ The air of a secret hideaway you've luckily and unknowingly stumbled into.
_ Patrons from every walk of life.