How I define a ‘dive bar’ is a little darker than you’d like, random décor, maybe regrettable photos of patrons on the walls, a woman’s bra that was found after a crazy night, the smell of old alcohol settled into the nooks and crannies of the building, and bathrooms that challenge your leg muscles. There are always regulars and the bartenders know people by name, they recognize you by embarrassing moments; the drinks aren’t too expensive and the price varies upon the bartender’s mood; there might be a jukebox or a low budget DJ, and the dress code includes shoes and a shirt.
I find it all quite charming, weird smells and all (to an extent). I started my night-life out in Truckee, Ca where I turned 21-years-old. Well, there are not a lot of options when it comes to night life in Truckee. I quickly found my niche, my night time home, my social arena, and in Truckee, it was the Pastime Club. The Pastime Club is a place you can feel safe about going alone. The locals tend to hang out there; understandably with good vibes and cheap drinks, they know how to keep their customers happy. Five years later I can go back to that bar and recognize some of the same people, the bartenders and the same laid-back vibe. To me, that makes it a great dive bar.
With my head back in “dive bar” mode, I am craving a little quirkiness. My favorite thing about a dive bar is the people. I smile upon the nights that somehow I remember; the little place to escape to where you always know someone’s face. The search for my favorite dive bar in Sacramento begins...