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Dive Bars?

Postby Bwis53 » Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:46 pm

I wasted time searching for that thread and finally gave up.

If someone finds it, just paste the url.
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Re: Dive Bars?

Postby Stomach » Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:47 am

Bwis53 wrote:I wasted time searching for that thread and finally gave up.

If someone finds it, just paste the url.


I think it was under Catch All or Town Vibe but I'm not going to look for it.
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Postby Bwis53 » Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:08 am

Well, we could just start over. In the last 10 days, I've stewed at Paradise, Plaza, and Local.

The Plaza was most fun. No meat market, just relaxed and at ease. They had an old episode of Seinfeld on. That, beer and chips, was a good finish.
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Postby meowzamusic » Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:44 pm

When I worked downtown years ago, I found the Plazma to be a double edge--early evenings having a beer and fries, playing pool and enjoying the ambience was great, but after 10pm it was a nightmare. My coworkers insisted it was a fab place (they were early 20somethings and I was well past that) but I just couldn't stand it. Then one time we there was a line to get in and I laughed--I mean, come on, what bar is worth standing in line for--and walked up the block to Nick's and got drunk in a place with real style. Nick's is not a dive bar but has the feel of places of long ago--Ken's comes to mind, O'Cayz, the Comic Strip, all older places that were bars before bars became some sort of sports commodity.
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Postby Ducatista » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:02 pm

meowzamusic wrote:When I worked downtown years ago, I found the Plazma to be a double edge--early evenings having a beer and fries, playing pool and enjoying the ambience was great, but after 10pm it was a nightmare.

That's still the case for me. It's my favorite after-work bar, but only during the single-digit hours. Come 10, I'm happy to hand the keys over to the kids.
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Postby MadMind » Sun Oct 15, 2006 3:38 am

Good Madison Dive Bars?
Here it is, it was under 'Town Vibe'.

Other than the Ohio, many of the bars named under that thread are not dive bars. Please, Mickey's is not a dive bar! Young, popular, hipster hangouts like the Dice and the Wisco aren't dive bars.
Had a beer at Schneid's off of Fish Hatchery the other night (Fitchburg technically) and yeesh, I think it'd fit under the dive bar category.
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Postby comte buffon » Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:58 pm

What about Le Tigre? Is that a dive bar?
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Postby MadMind » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:04 am

comte buffon wrote:What about Le Tigre? Is that a dive bar?

Here's what a writer from the extinct paper "The Wisconsinite" had to say about that back in March 16, 2004;

"Inexplicably, over the last few years Le Tigre has been voted one of Madison's favorite dive bars by Isthmus readers. What the #@!$%!!! Here's a lesson in tavern appreciation for y'all. If the bartender is wearing a tie and he knows how to make a kick-ass Rob Roy you're not in a 'dive' bar. A dive bar is a place where the condom machine is robbed regularly by some jackass so he can buy a round of Dr.McGillicuddy for his lady friends.

Le Tigre Lounge has mercifully stayed beneath the radar of most Madison residents. Free from the 'girls gone wild' antics of State Street, free from the frat boy whose only means of communication is quoting Austin Powers movies, free from the ironic mustaches and trucker hats of the hipster crowd, the Le Tigre Lounge is a sanctuary where the weary toss pot can go and have a few drinks in peace and quiet.

So, if you're the kind of person who thinks you might like Le Tigre in a kitschy, tongue-in-cheek kind of way, do me a favor and next time your out slumming it, don't go there. Le Tigre Lounge is the kind of place where a world class barfly such as myself goes to get away from people like you."
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Postby Learned » Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:41 am

The Bridge Lounge in Monona is a dive bar. But they do have skee-ball.
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Postby tootrueblueman » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:12 pm

Learned wrote:The Bridge Lounge in Monona is a dive bar. But they do have skee-ball.


Does it take tokens? Does it spit out tickets? I can buy a stuffed bear with 200 tickets? :P
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Postby Learned » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:46 pm

You play for pride. No tickets, tokens or stuffed bears.
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Postby blunt » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:06 pm

Learned wrote:You play for pride.


So it's a gay bar?
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Postby madkitkat » Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:33 pm

MadMind wrote:Other than the Ohio, many of the bars named under that thread are not dive bars. Please, Mickey's is not a dive bar! Young, popular, hipster hangouts like the Dice and the Wisco aren't dive bars.


My friend and I are compiling, through arduous testing and experimentation, the top 10 dive bars in Madison. Places like the 'Dice definitely don't cut it. That place is about as dive-y as a popped collar.

Our criteria so far are:
1. frequented by alcoholics (drinking beer straight from the pitcher is a plus)
2. grimy and dimly-lit
3. hungover and/or weathered bartenders
4. outrageous behavior on the part of patrons
5. only Bud/Miller products on tap
6. MUST be within Madison city limits
7. High volume of hairspray on females
8. the pairing of a turtleneck under a Packer's sweatshirt is considered high style among most patrons

On a tentative list so far...
Bru's
The Farm
Altenbach's
Klinic
Ideal

What are we missing?
And, suck it, I'm too lazy to peruse the old dive bar thread.
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Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:57 am

Alt N' Bach's violates your rule #5. It has Guinness on tap. Maybe it belongs to the Irish dive bar sub-genre.
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Postby narcoleptish » Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:49 am

You might try:

union house
winnie's on cottage grove rd. (or any bar on that road)
bennet's on park (Duh)
tip top tap
slice-n-bullits
the bar in the parking lot of oscar mayer (if it's still there)
The mayflower lounge and Licari's although I think they are in the town of madison.

Pretty much any bar with a current or former barbershop attached to it. You ever notice how many of those there are?
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