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Blue Light

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The Blue Light is on Western a little North of Belmont. It is fantastically sleazy. They have a late license and open at 7 every morning. It's the kind of place that looks like you'll get beat up in there, but you won't (unless you ask for it, in which case, please stay out).

Hipsters are discovering it, so go now before it's too late, even if you yourself are a hipster. For now, it's always possible to find a spot to sit, even at 2:30 when all the other late night places are packed. You may have to walk to the back room, though.

It's a good place to go after Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont) closes at 2, when you're not done drinking.

Antonio's Nuthouse

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Great dive bar, somewhat cheap drinks, many pool tables and pin-ball games, all kinds of junk hanging on the wall - not "cute antique junk" - REAL JUNK! Free peanuts and resultant peanut shells all over the floor. Good selection on the jukebox. Many bar-fights have happened on a regular basis. Near Stanford university but outside the limits of their "no hard alcohol" rule that was in effect for many years, Antonio's is not just a student hang-out - many sorts of drinkers, drunkards, bikers, barflies and other classy low-lifes can be found there from the entire north end of Silicon Valley. Bad, but usually not totally gross bathrooms. There used to be a good "Hoffbrau" on one side of the room but now there is a Mexican resturaunt that serves OK food during the day. Read more »

The Hub

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The Hub for many years was an incredible "hole in the wall" bar, it was dark and had the smell of old beer and booze hanging in the air,it had the worst bathrooms, but the best jukebox and the drinks were real....nothing watered down here. You could find anyone in there; from daily drunks to "society" people..it was the place to go.

The Space Room

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Alas, the fine old days of elderly chain smokers drinking vodka mixed with milk are gone at The Space Room. However, while the crowd has changed to hipster\frat boy\pseudo alcoholic (which, in my opinion makes it even sleazier) the decor, ambiance and overall ooze have not changed. Read more »

Holland Bar

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Located at 532 Ninth Ave. (Midtown West) Between 39th and 40th Sts. Wow. I didn't know this place still existed in the new New York City. I had to meet my friend in the area and I wanted to go to a bar. I looked this up on the Internet and thought it was safe enough. I ended up being 20 minutes late. I found my friend at the bar sipping from a bottle of Budweiser(yech) while slowly but noticebaly giving sidelong glances to the barflies.

There was this woman in her 50's, noticably drunk and just yelling to herself as she walked up and down the bar. Sometimes she would get a response from the bartender or apparently some regulars at the end of the bar. It was hard to say. Read more »

The Green Parrot

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The Green Parrot is off the main drag in Key West, so you have to walk a few extra blocks down a narrow dark street to get there. It's worth the walk.
A huge wooden parrot over the cash register requires "No Snivelling."

No paint on the outside or fancy remodeling on the inside, probably since it opened in 1890.

The barmaid is tougher than the average biker, there is no glass in the windows, and the parachute hanging over the bar is probably vintage WW II.

The tourists hit Sloppy Joe's, Ricks, or Captain Tony's, but the locals hang at the Parrot.
A Key West Ale on a hot tropical night in August goes down smooth and the Blues band on the small stage is blasting away.

It doesn't get any better than this.

Dirty Frank's bar

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What can I say, this is one of the oldest Sleazy bars around the USA.

After 30 years without running water in the mens room they finally got it running a couple of years ago.

Also what other bar have you ever seen that has potholes in the floor. The rats actually once chewed throuh the beer tap lines.

And the Clientele? Well Kkid Row, Doctors, Lawyers, Professors, Students, Artist, Muscians, etc, all walks of life and at one time ME.

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De Biecht

De Biecht

Open late, even during weekdays.
The barman (I forgot his name, Ton or Sjaak or something) is friendly, they have a photoplay machine somewhere and well... that's it really. It's full of obnoxious students of the worst kind (law, economy) but once you're drunk (don't go in there before 1 am) that doesn't really matter, does it?

The Windsor

Hotel Windsor

If your scared of entering a dark dingy place that may or may not have undesirables loitering around the front, no problem. Once your in the front doors keep your back to the wall. I've never seen anything go down, but you may feel safe for your first few visits.
Cheap beer and great jazz...nice sacrafice. Impress your new girlfriend and show her how brave you are!
Come on down. Land of the free and home of the drunk.
PS-must get along well with Natives.

Underground garage

Underground Garage

Like partying in your best friend's basement circa. 1979- probably hasen't been cleaned since then either. Come to think of it, same applies to most of the regulars.

Ron's Farmhouse

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Oh man... What a dive...

Located at 2026 W El Camino Real in Mountain View (between Escuela and Rengstorff), this place has been a dive for years. Carpets that were new when Carter was prez, this bar don't serve blended drinks or any food to speak of (just dogs and nasty chili). It has that 'early American wherehouse' motiff to it.

They don't care if you smoke in the bar. Most of the people in it are either long-time regulars or local immigrant Hispanics (everyone gets along fine). On many nights, some/many skanky-ass women hang there, but you'll also find many youngsters who tend/wait at area restaurants, too, in for a post-shift drink. Most of the bartenders pour strong drinks and some are fond of throwing their regulars quite a lot of freebies. Read more »

The Gold Nugget

The Gold Nugget Bar

Your chances of getting your ass kicked here is pretty good. Opens early and closes late. Sign on the door says to leave your guns in your truck, though the rule isn't really enforced.

Bands on Friday and Saturday night. Rare to find a chick over a "5" here. This is a small town without a police department. The state police take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to show up for the weekend fights that happen EVERY Friday and Saturday night.

Probably one of the last bars in the entire US where you can still get a 25 cent beer. Lots of dead animals stuffed on the walls. Lots of wild clientle. You are guaranteed to leave this bar with a good story to tell your buddies - no question about it.

Cal's

Cal's

This is a true sleazy bar in the heart of the Loop. The paint is peeling off of the walls, the mirror behind the bar (where it isn't busted out) hasn't been cleaned since before the war, their "patio furniture" is tables from the bar moved to the sidewalk, the bathroom is cleaned by a homeless man who is paid in wine (so you can imagine the quality job there), the glassware is murky and the food gives you indigestion right away.

On the upside, if you want to become a regular somewhere, it is easy here. Show up, drink, shut up and then leave. Low-key is hardly the word. The staff is no-nonsense, but friendly. And where else in the Loop can you get a beer for under $2.00.

Cal's...an experience for all who have the guts to do it.

Strathcona Hotel

Strathcona Hotel

"The Strath" (as it's popularly known) is a real throwback to those sleazy bars of yesteryear. The decor is strictly 1973 (or even 1962).

Kind of like a real life Moe's Tavern, or a dive from Rod Filbrandt's "Dry Shave" come to life. Pickled eggs, watery beer, and the clientele is predominantly a) kids who are *just* legal and b) old men who show up at 11 am to start drinking. That being said, they don't play loud, shitty music and you can actually have a conversation there - if you can stand the sleaze.

There is also the Drunk Of The Night to avoid, a guy who will horn in on your conversation from the next table and try to become your new best friend. So, while definitely sleazy, The Strath is not without its charms.

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Baby trashes bar in Las Palmas

Baby trashes bar in Las Palmas

Trailer for the short movie "Las Palmas" by Johannes Nyholm. Read more »

A Sleazy Revival

We, three guys from Amsterdam, recently renewed Sleazybars.com!
This site is for sleazy bars worldwide. Imagine you wander around in an unknown place. And you search a drinking establishment late at night. Or your have a liking for dive bars. Go to sleazybars.com to aide your quest. Our dream would be fulfilled. So if you share this dream. Help us to mobilize all your friends! And start adding your favorite waterholes. Write a review or a story about this bar. Or comment on a bar already on the site. Read more »

Bukowski's Liver Flush

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Here’s a recipe for Bukowski’s Liver Flush, a non-alcoholic cocktail named for famous booze-hound Charles Bukowski. Juice a half-inch of ginger, followed by 2 raw medium-size scrubbed beets and half a peeled lemon. Next, juice 2 large peeled pink grapefruits and stir in 2 shakes of cayenne pepper. Add 20 drops of milk thistle tincture and pour into a tall glass.

1/2 inch ginger root
2 medium beets, scubbed
1/2 lemon, peeled
2 large pink grapefruit
2 shakes cayenne pepper
20 drops milk thistle

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De Klok

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'De Klok' is a pub with a distinctive fifties-like character where you can meet all kinds of people, from the lowlife loser-kind (like me) to the highly educated and intelligent one's.
They've all got the same objective though: getting plastered...
The drinks are relatively cheap, and during the weekends you can go on 'til deep in the after hours (most of the time, huhuh).

Club 404

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Unpretentious neighborhhod bar. Great cheap steak specials for around $10, served by a waitress who calls you "hon".

Pub 1031

A real dive that only slighty improved from its former life as Pete's Bar. It is a family run business in the worst section of town. The former owner of Pete's Bar bought a dump just down the street perpetuating the sleazy bars of Easton.