Iconic Houston Dives

Iconic Houston Dives

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Celebrate the tradition of the dive bar at these iconic locations.

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    An old, seedy dive with posters of Rockets cheerleaders from the mid-'90s and a shoddy pool table that looks like it was pulled from a dumpster after "The Color of Money" wrapped.
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    The Saturday karaoke night is always a good time.
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    A perennial contender in any "best dive bar" list, the Blue Lagoon remains a Spring Branch institution.
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    Kaorake, Thursday night steaks, and an owner who's still figuring out Facebook.
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    A friendly atmosphere, a solid jukebox and cheap Shiner.
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    Unpretentious atmosphere, reasonable prices and a low tolerance for bullshit.
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    Classic jukebox, cheap draft beers, and a bartender who doesn't care about you. Definitely a dive.
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    Although it's at the risk of becoming one of those ironic dives, Lola's will maintain enough authenticity to merit a spot on this map as long as patrons have a legitimate feeling that they might become a crime victim when they leave it.
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    This Oak Forest institution is known for its solid jukebox, reasonable prices and being generally welcoming to newcomers who behave themselves.
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    Lone Star's location in the heart of the downtown business district, shabby decor and iconic sign mean that no list of Houston dive bars is complete without it.
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    It's proximity to a major food truck commissary makes it a popular spot for the crews that work them.
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    When the weather's nice, splitting a bucket of domestic lagers and Tierra Caliente tacos with friends makes for a highly pleasant afternoon.
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