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16 Iconic Dive Bars in Las Vegas

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgIn a city that's not short of classy cocktail joints, but long on thrifty and thirsty patrons, it makes sense that economical dive bars litter the Las Vegas valley.

Eater Vegas, with contributions from our readership, provides you with a handy checklist of some of the better known destinations. Many of these bars possess a novelty value that might help you overlook some obvious flaws in their business plans. Others simply fit the bill of a locals only dive bar, and might provide the adventurous with an off-Strip experience absent from any tourist guide-book. See something missing? Add it to the comments.
—Susan Stapleton contributed to this article.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bunkhouse Saloon

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124 S 11th St
Las Vegas, nv 89101
A neighborhood dive bar reborn as music venue. Ska, blues, punk, metal, even an indie film night. Food choices include Frito Pie and BBQ. A handful of easy chairs near the stage provide the ultimate option to enjoy the blast of the superior sound system.

2. Champagne's Cafe

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3557 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Velvet draped walls and red vinyl booths. Framed Marilyn Monroe pictures and the Rat Pack on the jukebox. A time stood still in 1980s clientele and design style meets a steady import of UNLV regulars. Plus video poker.

3. Cheers Bar & Grill

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1220 E Harmon Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
702-734-2454
A mix of thrifty UNLV customers and thirsty locals. The un-fussy layout includes video poker and three pool tables. Hungry visitors expecting to see the non-existent grill portion of the name will be directed to Roberto's Taco Shop next door.

4. Dino's Lounge

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1516 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89104
A Strip dive bar since 1962. Dino's welcomes neighborhood bar-flys and downtown hipsters. Hosts fiercely competitive karaoke contests and bartender nominated contests to choose the "Drunk of the Month." Not named after Dean Martin.

5. Dispensary Lounge

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2451 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89121
A working water wheel, living room-style seating and a 1970s lounge decor. Playboy magazine rated them the fourth best dive bar in the country. The $5.95 half pound burger remains a perennial draw for locals.

6. Double Down Saloon

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4640 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
In your face attitude and design, matched by the loud DJ soundtrack and shifting roster of live acts ranging from rockabilly to punk. Covered in art, stickers and helpful signs such as, "You puke, you clean." Legendary libations include the Ass Juice shot and a bacon martini.

7. Four Kegs Sports Pub

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276 N Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Sports obsessed bar that even sponsors two local softball and soccer teams. Most famed for their comfort food menu, in particular the Stromboli and pizza selections. Unique for a Vegas dive bar, a separate back room welcomes families with children.

8. Frankie's Tiki Room

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1712 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
The premiere Las Vegas Tiki lounge. Home to deadly potent drinks, authentic and plentiful Tiki props and a peerless surf music selection on the jukebox.

9. Fun Hog Ranch

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495 E Twain Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-791-7001
A dive bar that also happens to be a gay bar. Fetish wear and leather are encouraged by their patrons. A rustic and basic design is matched by the unpretentious atmosphere. Cash only!

10. Hogs & Heifers

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201 N. Third St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Vegas outpost of the New York City original and inspiration for Coyote Ugly. Popular with genuine and wannabe bikers. Female visitors are encouraged to dance on the bar and donate their bras to hang from the ceiling. Bartenders frequently berate customers via megaphones.

11. Huntridge Tavern

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1122 E. Charleston
Las Vegas, NV
702-384-7377
Noted for cheapness of booze, plenty of TVs, unpretentious locals and rockabilly crowd. An ominous hunk of wood labelled "Attitude Adjuster" hangs on the wall. Their Jameson Century Club celebrates regulars who have downed 100 Jameson shots.

12. Johnny Fontane's Beach House

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5310 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702-387-6867
Nautical and beach themed props on the wall. A monthly featured beer and BBQ on the menu. And a New York Yankees and Giants supporting clientele that can play pool or the jukebox when a game isn't on.

13. Meathead's

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1121 South Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89102
702-870-4440
Instead of karaoke, Meathead's offers comedy open mikes. Plus, live bands every Friday. A loyal Detroit Lions clientele mingles with hard rocking music fans. Plus free popcorn.

14. Moon Doggies Bar & Grill

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4300 W Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
Small and smoky pseudo surfer bar, launched into legendary status through its alliance with Naked City Pizza providing the menu. Buffalo, N.Y., design accents and sports team focus.

15. Saddle 'N' Spurs Saloon

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2333 N Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108
702-646-6292
Twenty-four hour country bar with a country music karaoke night, frequent live bands and plenty of room for boot scootin'. Noon to 6 p.m. happy hour. Resolute cash only policy.

16. Tap House

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5589 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
702-870-2111
An Italian-American bar and grill since 1964. Twenty-four hour dining noted for its pizza and hot wings. The Monday night open-mike jam sessions draws from a roster of veteran local performers.

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1. Bunkhouse Saloon

124 S 11th St, Las Vegas, nv 89101
A neighborhood dive bar reborn as music venue. Ska, blues, punk, metal, even an indie film night. Food choices include Frito Pie and BBQ. A handful of easy chairs near the stage provide the ultimate option to enjoy the blast of the superior sound system.
124 S 11th St
Las Vegas, nv 89101

2. Champagne's Cafe

3557 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Velvet draped walls and red vinyl booths. Framed Marilyn Monroe pictures and the Rat Pack on the jukebox. A time stood still in 1980s clientele and design style meets a steady import of UNLV regulars. Plus video poker.
3557 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89109

3. Cheers Bar & Grill

1220 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119
A mix of thrifty UNLV customers and thirsty locals. The un-fussy layout includes video poker and three pool tables. Hungry visitors expecting to see the non-existent grill portion of the name will be directed to Roberto's Taco Shop next door.
1220 E Harmon Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119

4. Dino's Lounge

1516 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104
A Strip dive bar since 1962. Dino's welcomes neighborhood bar-flys and downtown hipsters. Hosts fiercely competitive karaoke contests and bartender nominated contests to choose the "Drunk of the Month." Not named after Dean Martin.
1516 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89104

5. Dispensary Lounge

2451 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
A working water wheel, living room-style seating and a 1970s lounge decor. Playboy magazine rated them the fourth best dive bar in the country. The $5.95 half pound burger remains a perennial draw for locals.
2451 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89121

6. Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
In your face attitude and design, matched by the loud DJ soundtrack and shifting roster of live acts ranging from rockabilly to punk. Covered in art, stickers and helpful signs such as, "You puke, you clean." Legendary libations include the Ass Juice shot and a bacon martini.
4640 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

7. Four Kegs Sports Pub

276 N Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Sports obsessed bar that even sponsors two local softball and soccer teams. Most famed for their comfort food menu, in particular the Stromboli and pizza selections. Unique for a Vegas dive bar, a separate back room welcomes families with children.
276 N Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107

8. Frankie's Tiki Room

1712 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
The premiere Las Vegas Tiki lounge. Home to deadly potent drinks, authentic and plentiful Tiki props and a peerless surf music selection on the jukebox.
1712 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

9. Fun Hog Ranch

495 E Twain Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A dive bar that also happens to be a gay bar. Fetish wear and leather are encouraged by their patrons. A rustic and basic design is matched by the unpretentious atmosphere. Cash only!
495 E Twain Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89109

10. Hogs & Heifers

201 N. Third St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Vegas outpost of the New York City original and inspiration for Coyote Ugly. Popular with genuine and wannabe bikers. Female visitors are encouraged to dance on the bar and donate their bras to hang from the ceiling. Bartenders frequently berate customers via megaphones.
201 N. Third St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

11. Huntridge Tavern

1122 E. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV
Noted for cheapness of booze, plenty of TVs, unpretentious locals and rockabilly crowd. An ominous hunk of wood labelled "Attitude Adjuster" hangs on the wall. Their Jameson Century Club celebrates regulars who have downed 100 Jameson shots.
1122 E. Charleston
Las Vegas, NV

12. Johnny Fontane's Beach House

5310 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
Nautical and beach themed props on the wall. A monthly featured beer and BBQ on the menu. And a New York Yankees and Giants supporting clientele that can play pool or the jukebox when a game isn't on.
5310 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89146

13. Meathead's

1121 South Decatur, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Instead of karaoke, Meathead's offers comedy open mikes. Plus, live bands every Friday. A loyal Detroit Lions clientele mingles with hard rocking music fans. Plus free popcorn.
1121 South Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89102

14. Moon Doggies Bar & Grill

4300 W Desert Inn Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Small and smoky pseudo surfer bar, launched into legendary status through its alliance with Naked City Pizza providing the menu. Buffalo, N.Y., design accents and sports team focus.
4300 W Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

15. Saddle 'N' Spurs Saloon

2333 N Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108
Twenty-four hour country bar with a country music karaoke night, frequent live bands and plenty of room for boot scootin'. Noon to 6 p.m. happy hour. Resolute cash only policy.
2333 N Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89108

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16. Tap House

5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
An Italian-American bar and grill since 1964. Twenty-four hour dining noted for its pizza and hot wings. The Monday night open-mike jam sessions draws from a roster of veteran local performers.
5589 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

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