n this era, I feel like the elusive dive bar is not getting the credit it deserves. With all these pompous night clubs constantly popping up where douche bags gather to lip-sync Drake lyrics they don't know and brag about the money they don't have, a shit hole bar offers everything common in life the every day working man can enjoy.
A place where fashion trends become punchlines, diesel fuel is a cologne scent and a cold one is appreciated after punching out on the clock.
A most common theme to a great dive bar is being attached to some trash can hotel you wouldn't let your worst enemy stay at, but that bar below is a hidden gem. Walls are plastered with Budweiser posters from the 80s, Supertramp's greatest hits on repeat and don't you dare order a drink that involves more than two ingredients. If the bartender's name isn't a handle you can't imagine being screamed out in a trailer park, I ain't with it.
But it isn't the staff that makes a great shit hole bar, it's the patrons inside. I love me a good watering hole with some degenerate bastards, and this is not me looking down on people cause this is where I fit in. A place where fashion trends become punchlines, diesel fuel is a cologne scent and a cold one is appreciated after punching out on the clock.
Moments after reading the words dive bar you had that special place locked in, take time and appreciate a good ol fashioned shit hole from time to time. These places are becoming less common and if I'm being honest it's a damn shame. Some of the best-recommended therapy I'd say is sitting in one of these spots and enjoy the atmosphere. You'll find yourself laughing days later over some shit you overheard. And that my friends is what we can appreciate about at good ol local dive bar.
For me personally, the first to come to mind is the Royal Hotel in Taber, AB. Countless times I have dawned my shadow through those doors only looking to have a quick beer and bullshit for it to lead to a few too many and close calls of pissing my pants with laughter. Like I said before it isn't the establishment you are looking at it's the people inside. The regular day human just looking for a drink with a dash of humor.