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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 5 Most Dive-Worthy Bars of 2010 -- YEAR IN REVIEW

There is no easier way to crank out a new post than the laziest of all lazy approaches, the ever-popular "Best of the Year" list. Technically it's really only the best of half the year (I didn't write my first review until sometime in July) but I only point that out because some wise-ass in the bunch is sure to bring that to my attention.

Five seems like an odd number to me, a six-pack is a much more appropriate number for this site, so I will give you the top five and then then bottom one.  Think of it like a game of "beer hunter" where you put a six-pack in the fridge and five are great and one of the them has been shaken for15 minutes and will explode all over you upon opening...aka  the "dud" that should be avoided at all costs.

The HitThatDive top five for 2010 are:

The Elbow Room -- A truly great Omaha dive. Friendly people, cheap drinks, cool dive atmosphere…what more could you want? (Well, if it also had the world’s greatest wings that would be nice too…but now I’m being nitpicky). If you love dive bars, do not hesitate to belly up at The Elbow Room…you’ll thank me when you do.

Doghouse Saloon -- Out in the town of Waterloo, Nebraska is one of the best times you will have in a bar. This place has everything you need including a great deck, great staff, fun owners, friendly people, reasonable drink prices…I could go on and on. At the very least it is a great place that, if I didn’t have prior commitments the night I was there, I could have easily stayed at for several more hours.

Crescent Moon Ale House -- This is a bar that other (and more expensive) bars in the country should aspire to be. It’s hard to find a flaw with this place. Great service. Great crowd. Incredible beer selection all in a relaxed dive bar atmosphere. I cannot stress enough that you should HIT THIS DIVE!

The Tune Inn -- DC's home of getting hammered since 1947.  It is a dive bar classic. When you're in DC, or if you live here now, go to the Tune Inn, chat with the regulars, drink really strong drinks, sit on a bar stool and belt out “Rosalita” as it’s cranked on the jukebox. This is the kind of a dive you though only existed in bygone eras.

And our number one should be no surprise...

Brass Monkey -- Our first perfect 10!  There is nothing more fun than being critical of a bad bar. Unfortunately, I loved everything about this place, and can’t think of anything to criticize. Great beer, great people, great atmosphere…you name it at this place…it was great! I’ll let Toby Keith take it from here… “I love this bar. It's my kind of place. Just walkin' through the front door puts a big smile on my face. It ain't too far, come as you are Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this bar…

And finally, the dud of 2010...

The Rusty Nail Inn -- Oddly enough, this has been the most read post of the year.  Bad service, weird vibe and no drink specials to speak of…why in the world someone would come in here more than once is beyond me? Do not hit this dive! This place can easily be summed up by the writing on its own restroom wall “Here I sit all broken hearted…”

This picture below is from the Brass Monkey...it needs NO caption.  Thanks for a great year everyone!

1 comment:

  1. Ahan.. bars rating are surely interesting for everyone... one should always visit bars after looking at their rating.. well this is really good effort whoever done this..(Y)