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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Star Community Bar 437 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307










Hours: Vary, closed Sundays
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Accepts Credit/Debit:Yes
Parking:Street / Private lot
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range:$
Price Per Domestic Pitcher: Unk
Music:Live 
Best Nights: All nights
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol:Full Bar
Smoking: Inside 
Noise Level: Loud
Good for dancing:Yes
Ambience:Dive Bar
TV's:Yes









And now for one of my FAVORITE bars here in the Dirty South! The Star Community Bar!
Located in Little Five Points area of Atlanta!

http://www.starbar.net/



The Inside: 2 bars and a stage/dance floor in the middle. Annnnnd!!!! There is an Elvis Vault!
The Crowd: A mix of everyone!
Service: Almost always pretty awesome. Of course I have my fav bartenders here.
Prices:  Cheap! $2 PBR drafts and usually some shot specials. 
Entertainment: .Monday night FREE Comedy upstairs, FREE Songwriter Open Mic downstairs, Tuesday FREE Dance Party Upstairs and downstairs DJs, Wednesday FREE Live Band Classic Country Karaoke upstairs, Rock n Roll Trivia downstairs in the LVL. FREE Thursdays - random bands upstairs, Soul Night with Diamond Street Rhythm Machine downstairs. Jersday Happy Hour on Thursday, Day After Jersday Happy Hour with Chris Jackson on Friday, random bands and DJs Friday and Saturday nights.
Restroom: One for each sex.. but don't be surprised if you see her in his or his in hers! 
Closing statement:  "ATLANTA'S FAVORITE DIVE BAR" It's true kids, we love this place. You will find me here just about every Friday for Unhappy hour with Jackson! Check it out! You'll love it! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Local 662, St. Petersburg, FL


Hours:Unk
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Accepts Credit/Debit:Yes
Parking:Street
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:unk
Price Range:$
Price Per Domestic Pitcher:Unk
Music:TouchTunes/Live 
Best Nights:Sun
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol:Full Bar
Smoking: Inside 
Noise Level: Loud
Good for dancing:Yes
Ambience:Dive Bar
TV's:Yes










I wasn't planning on a review of this bar when I got there but the manager was so nice to us that I thought I would give his bar some love!

A few friends and I drove from Atlanta, GA to St. Petersburg, FL to see our friends band play at The Local 662. This bar is located in the Downtown area of St. Petersburg. We arrived there about 6pm, there were a few men sitting outside smoking, one of them says "hey how did you get a DDC shirt already?" DDC is the band we were going to see. We explained that we are from Atlanta and drove down here to support our friends. Turns out he was the bar manager and invited us in to have a round on him!

When we got inside I knew I would like this place. It was nice and divey! Music playing loud, AC blasting and they served Sailor Jerry Rum! We ended staying until close... about 3am!

The Inside: A long open bar with a stage and open floor in the back. There are 2 pool tables in the middle. On the right is the bar with about 12 bar stools. On the left are several tables and bench seating. You can also smoke inside!
The Crowd: We just happened to be there for a Punk/Oi! show. I'm guessing on a normal night, you'll see a bunch of punk rock kids. We were so lucky to see a few Juggalos that night! And I kinda felt like I was in Alabama.
Service: Service was awesome. We were served quickly and with a smile every time!!
Prices: Cheap and easy (just how I like my dates) Tall boys of PBR were only $3. Wells $4 and the good stuff was $5
Entertainment: They have a stage and a huge dance floor. Bands play here often. Mostly punk. Oh and there was a dude with a laptop playing some songs from YouTube during the day. They also have a couple of pool tables.
Restroom: There were 3 single person bathrooms. Kinda dirty, but isn't that what you would expect?
Closing statement:  All in all, this is a fun place! I'd go back if I ever decide to head back to the hot and sticky St. Petes! If you are in the area, check them out! 



 We rate The Local 662, 4 out of 5 on the Beer Scale
 


Monday, May 2, 2016

Hey Ya'll!

Well hello everyone!
I just wanted to stop in for a quick introduction! I'm Chari, aka DiveBarBetty, aka GingerBinger!
I am a So Cal native who moved to the South just about 3 years ago. I  met the DiveBarCulture dudes out in Cali and had some amazing times with them. When I moved out here I realized that there are soooo many bars that should be reviewed. The dive bar scene out here is a bit different from So Cal.. or anywhere else that I have lived. Soon you'll get to read all about it.

Be back soon ya'll!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Next stop Georgia!




We've been gone for a while, but I think it's about time for a come back. Stay tuned for details.

Next stop Georgia!






Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thirsty Club, Redondo Beach CA

2705 Artesia Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
(310) 370-3100



Hours: 6am-2am
Outdoor Seating: No
Accepts Credit/Debit: Yes
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: $
Price Per Domestic Pitcher: N/A
Music: AMI Bar-link
Best Nights: Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level: Average
Good for dancing: No
Ambiance: Dive Bar
TV's: 7












The Bar: 
Outside: Located on the corner of Artesia Blvd. & Inglewood Blvd. lies this great little dive. Bright red exterior with your standard beer neon on the front window. Shares a wall with a vape shop for all your vapor needs.
Inside: As soon as we walked in, we knew we were home. The smell...of what looks like a great dive. Not a bad smell by any means, but if you've been to a good dive, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Stale beer, cheap perfume... and the over whelming smell of Axe body spray stuck in my nose holes, from what I though was a light dusting, earlier.
I have always been a fan of a dive with shuffleboard and this place does not disappoint. Very nice table with electronic scoring (get the pucks from the bartender). Pool table to the left ($.50), straight cues, flat table. 17 bar stools and 4 high tables. AMI Bar-link jukebox.
The Crowd: Not much going on when we arrived. A couple of cougars, who were dressed like this was a pre-game stop, but were still there when I returned 5 hours later, and couple of guys in the back, one which was the owner. Pretty quite place. I returned around midnight for a few minutes, mariachi music filled the air, still pretty empty inside... had a beer and split.
Prices: $7.00 heavy pour premium cocktails, $4.50 domestic bottles, $5.00 Fireball, $5.00 well drinks.
Restroom: Take a deep breath prior to entering. That's all I have to say about that.
Bartender: This evening was Sissy.
Closing statement: Good spot. Had a good time, definitely plan on returning in the future.


We rate Thirsty Club a 5 out of 5. 



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ON HIATUS




Yeah, we haven't done shit since January. Picking up a new position at work has caused me to slack on the exploration of new dives, because honestly, going to the local watering hole is easier that traveling across town for a cold one. The lack of motivation to explore is high, especially when no one wants to go. It is difficult to check out a new establishment on your own, so if anyone is game, let me know and we'll go out and rock it.
In the meantime, keep on keepin on. Enjoy those dives and feel free to send me your own reviews. I will be glad to post them on your behalf giving you full credit as a guest author.


Take care fellow dive bar enthusiasts.

-Dave

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pump Room, Orange CA

1532 W Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 978-6010



Hours:Unk
Outdoor Seating:No
Accepts Credit/Debit:Yes
Parking:Private Lot
Good for Groups:Yes
Wheelchair Accessible:Yes
Price Range:$
Price Per Pitcher:$15
Music:AMI Jukebox
ATM:Yes
Best Nights:Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Unk
Alcohol:Full Bar
Smoking:Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level:Average
Good for dancing:No
Ambience:Dive Bar
TV's:13


















The Bar:
Outside Located in a strip mall as most dives are. Tattoos, Massages, a Liquor store, and a bar... one stop shop. This bar, easy to see, with brightly colored signage out front.
Inside: Nothing divey about this place..yeah...right! This is your ultimate neighborhood dive. Lit only by neon signs and tv's. A lot of tv's. The seating capacity is probably about 40 people. Plenty of room for your whole crew.
The Crowd: A lot of suit and tie when we first arrived. More women than your average bikini bar and a group of guys wearing matching flannel shirts. Everyone was cool. Laid back place.
Prices: $15 pitcher of Shock Top, $6 shots of Fireball, $5 tall cans of PBR.  
Entertainment: It's a bikini bar. What more do you need? Seriously though, 3 pool tables ($0.50), 13 TV's, AMI Jukebox. Free popcorn.
Restroom: The diamond plated death traps are becoming a trend. This was the most intense one we've seen yet. Relatively clean, minus the over flowing trash can. The door has a lock, which is useless since the door doesn't latch. If you got to drop a duece, there is a nice spot right across the street to slide into.
Bartender: Did not catch the names of the ones this evening. The manager, Nick, told us they are new to Pump Room and one is fresh to the bartending job in general. Both beautiful girls.
Closing statement: Other than the super over priced everything, this was a good spot. We recommend pre-gaming prior to your arrival so that you don't spend a fortune. We had a great time and plan on returning soon. 


We give the Pump Room a 4 out of 5




Sunday, November 10, 2013

Poor Richard's, Long Beach, CA

6412 E Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815
(562) 596-0882


Hours: Unk
Outdoor Seating: No
Accepts Credit/Debit: Yes
Parking: Private Lot
Good for Groups: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: $
Price Per Domestic Pitcher: N/A
Music: TouchTunes
Best Nights: Fri, Sat
Happy Hour: Unk
Alcohol: Full Bar
Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
Noise Level: Avergae
Good for dancing: No
Ambience: Dive Bar
TV's: 2








The Bar: 
Outside: A strip mall on the southeast corner of Palos Verdes Ave. & Stearns Ave. on the eastside of Long Beach, lies this hole in the wall, Poor Richard's, known to the locals as Broke Dicks. Every store on the block has a window except this place. A couple of bar stools outside for the smoking area and a door leading into the unknown.
Inside: A long narrow room, the bar to the left and a few tables to the right. Dark inside, likely to mask the filthy ceiling, which we were able to capture with the flash of the camera, nothing a little paint can't fix. Roughly 20 barstools and tables for around 15 people.
The Crowd: Ran into a familiar face that we haven't seen in over 3 years, good times! As for the rest of the crowd, this is not the spot to look for a date, as it was packed with couples. Thanks to our friend Heather, we were introduced to just about everyone in the joint. everyone was chill.
Service: 1 bartender and 30 patrons, needless to say, not the fastest, but served with a smile.
Prices: $5.00 24oz tall boys of PBR & Rolling Rock, $4.00 pounders of Coors Light, $5.00 double shots of Fireball.
Entertainment:  2 TV's, Golden Tee, Lottery Tickets, TouchTunes, Jukebox Karaoke.
Restroom: A white tile nightmare with your normal amount disrespectful dive bar graffiti. Equipped with a trashcan, however, the sink seems more appealing to the patrons. The stall, not equipped with a lock, in fact, it doesn't even stay closed. We recommend the Del Taco across the street.
Bartender: Jessica, gorgeous!
Closing statement: We had a blast. This is a cool little spot and very close to our regular spot in Long Beach. I see many more trips to this dive in the future. Good prices, good people, good times to be had!


We rate Poor Richard's a 4 out of 5.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Frolic Room, Hollywood, CA

6245 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-5890

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: Yes ($10 min)
  • Parking: Street (metered)
  • Good for groups: No
  • Music: Internet Jukebox
  • Best Nights: Any night
  • TV's: 3
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes








The journey tonight was a great one. Left the house in Long Beach around 6:30pm on our adventure, which I had no idea of the adventure it was going to be. A cab, a light rail and a subway trip later, we finally arrived at our destination... The world famous Frolic Room of Hollywood.

The Outside: Located on the Walk of Fame, lies Hollywoodland's oldest dive bar. Opening their doors sometime in the 1930's, this bar originally joined the area as a rumored speakeasy for Pantages Theater actors, as prohibition was in full effect.
     Upon entering this bar, you will notice the unique neon sign out front, and a bouncer, who, from a far, does not look too friendly (he is totally cool), and the star of Gary Cooper.
The Inside: A long narrow bar, with very unique lighting. On the right, the wall is covered with cartoon drawings of famous celebrities throughout time, to the left, the wall had several autographed photos from celebrities who found themselves grabbing a drink in this iconic bar.
The Crowd: This varies night to night depending on the type of show happening at the Pantages Theater. Tonight we got there during a show to find your average locals including a guy with a 2' mohawk and some out-of-country tourists. After the show, the crowd became over-dressed and unimpressed. Nothing to complain about really, everyone was cool here, and we had an absolute blast.
Service: Us being new, and the place sorta crowded, this took a few minutes. The bounce outside told us, whatever drink we want, these bartenders could make. Bob started with an Bloody Mary, one of the best we've had, a couple of Old Fashioned's, a Manhattan, some shots of Fireball, and a handful of beers. We attempted to stump the bartender with a Mint Julep, which he was unable to make due to not having fresh mint, but assured us, he could make anything we ordered given he had all the ingredients.
Prices: Amazingly cheap considering the location. $3.75 bottles of Coors Light, $5.50 Bloody Mary. $5 Fireball. No pitchers and no PBR.
Entertainment: Internet Jukebox, which surprisingly was not TouchTunes, 3 TV's, and an old school cigarette machine.
Restroom: Single occupant, with a door monitor the entire night. Not sure what that is all about. If the door is locked, clearly it's occupied. Overall, clean(ish). Could use a power wash perhaps, but it wasn't terrible, especially considering the about of traffic this place sees on a daily basis.
Closing statement: Love this place, great atmosphere inside and out. Parking is kinda a bitch, so if you have the, take a subway to the Hollywood/Vine station and the bar is right across the street.
If you are in Hollywood, you MUST stop in, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.
Also, the bouncers here are a plethora of information. Have a question about anything Hollywood, they have the answer.
 We rate Frolic a 5 out of 5.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Crow's Cocktails, Long Beach, CA

5278 E. 2nd Street
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562)433-8936

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Street
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes ($2.50)
The Bar: This place is a classic little dive nestled in the heart of Naples on 2nd street. A long narrow establishment with a couple of tables along the right wall, the bar, which seats roughly 10 heads, and some more seating in the back. There is a backdoor area in the alley for smoking, no drinks though, and you have to keep the noise level down due to the neighbors.
    This bar reminded us exactly of the Fling in Santa Ana, however, this bar is kept up a lot more. Freddy the bartender told us that the owner here is dedicated to running a clean and well maintained business. Freddy also runs his own carpet cleaning business, which caters to Crow's on the regular. This place is spectacular on the cleanliness scale. Certainly one of the most upper class dives we've been to.
Parking: The parking lot was fenced off with a sign that read "Under Construction"...however, no working was being constructed. The only available parking is on the street, and if you have ever been on 2nd street on a weekend, you know this is a difficult task. We recommend cabbing it to this spot.
The Crowd: Not too much going on this evening. Few locals scattered around, and the handful wild drunks in the back. It was nice to be welcomed as new faces for a change.
Service: Outstanding. Our bartender tonight was Freddy. We did not test his "speed" with the 2 beers we ordered, but his business card says "Fast Freddy". His specialty drink is the Washington Apple.
Prices: Not very dive bar like in this category. Sure, Coors Light was the normal $3.50, but $7 for a single pour of Fireball is freakin ridiculous. We left after 4 beers and 2 shots.
Entertainment: Not too much for entertainment... a TouchTunes Jukebox and 5 TV's, and the ever so popular 2nd street drunks outside.
Restroom: The bartender swore this was the cleanest of any dive... we agree. It was fabulous
Closing statement: Stick to beer here, liqour is overpriced, but at least try the Purple People Eater. Minus the price of Fireball, overall, great bar and we'll likely see this place again in the near future. We were told, the crowd usually pours in around 11pm on weekends.


We give Crow's a 4 out of 5:
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

3636 Club, Long Beach, CA

3636 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 438-5365

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No- Cash Only
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: No
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes - $3.00 Fee
Every time we ask for a recommendation for a new spot to check out, this bar comes up... We listen... it just takes time to get to them. With the camera lens still damaged, I apologize for the lack of and blurriness of the photos below.

The Bar: Can't miss it. Lit up like a Las Vegas night club. Neon everywhere. This dive appears to be the happening place. Pretty good amount of patrons inside, however, the vibe was depressing. Not too much going on, pretty quite. Everyone seemed to be having a bad day, which brought our mood down too. This is a cash only bar and the ATM is a $3 fee.
The Crowd: This is definitely a local spot, and they could tell we were new faces. No one really seemed interested in why we were there, including the staff. We left after about 30 minutes to find something more exciting.
Service: No complaints here. Got a drinks right away minus having to wait to use the ATM.
Prices: $3.25 bottles of Coors Light. No draught beer. We did not stay long enough for a second round.
Entertainment:  TouchTunes with BOSE sound system, 2 pool tables, Golden Tee 2013, Pinball, bar top touch screen game, 5 TV's, old school cigarette machine ($6 a pack).
Restroom: Beside the fact someone had been smoking a bowl in there, not too shabby. Diamond plated everything. No door on the sit down shitter, and an over flowing trash can. Massive amount of pointless graffiti on the bathroom door.
Closing statement: Not a terrible place to grab a beer. Perhaps the atmosphere could lighten up a bit.


We give 3636 Club a 3 out of 5.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Kit's Place, Huntington Beach, CA

19476 Beach Blvd.
Huntington Beach, CA
(714)963-0553

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $9.00
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 18
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Unable to locate on Google maps, this spot was formerly Lucky John's #1. Located on the Northeast corner of Beach Blvd and Yorktown in the northernmost end of a strip mall, behind Chevron.
     Inside: To the left of the entrance you will find the bar, with an open kitchen visible to the public. To the right, 3 pool tables, Golden Tee and a non-operational TV. Don't stress about the broken TV, there are 17..  yes, I said SEVENTEEN other ones.
In the rear, you will find yet another pool table, the TouchTunes jukebox, the ATM, 3 electronic dart boards, the restrooms and various table seating.
The Crowd: First person I noticed in here tonight was a guy with a jet black mohawk and bleach blonde hair on the sides, and a wicked handlebar mustache, though he was camera shy, his friend however (see below)... I have no words. As for the rest of the crowd, they're cool. Careful about the cook, he likes to give full mouth kisses to the women you are with. Creepy or ultra friendly, not sure which.
Service: Both times tonight, were quick. 2nd time around was busier but service was fast and delivered with a smile.
Prices: $9 domestic pitchers, $11.50 import, $6 Fireball shots,
Entertainment: 4 Pool tables, 3 dartboards, TouchTunes Jukebox, 2 bar top games, 18 TV's.
Restroom: Nothing to be desired. Spacious, but single occupant, which, in a bar, should not be.  Bright blue walls, with photos of fighter jets and the classic condom machine, loaded with 50 cent cheesy pick-up lines. (example: Hand her/him this piece of paper that says, "If you want to go home with me, give me a smile, if not, tear it up and throw it in my face". Like I said, cheesy.
Bartender: Tonight was Cindy. Tattoos, black hair... all around hot, and super nice! Ask about her specialty shot...it'll knock you on your ass.
Closing statement: We came in at about 8pm...it was dead. We skipped out to Johnny's Saloon to catch Howdy Doodie time, which was cancelled for reasons out of their control. To catch the true culture of Kit's, come in around 11:30pm. Oh, and try the sliders... they are either really good, or we were really drunk.
Outside of breaking the camera lens while sober, pretty good night. A lot of photos did not come out due to the damage, and this will be the last review for a while until we get the lens replaced.


We give Kit's Place a 5 out of 5.


Torch Room Lounge, Norwalk, CA

10632 Imperial Highway
Norwalk, CA ‎
(562) 864-6558

  • Price per domestic pitcher: $8.00
  • Credit/Debit: Yes
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 5
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: The outside: Located in a ghetto strip mall on the corner of Imperial Hwy and Domart Ave. A tall sign on the building representing a torch which appears to be 100 years old. Tucked between a liquor store and a laundromat lies this little dive. A brick wall, covered in filth and a door leading into the unknown.
    The inside, dark. A long bar to the left leading back to the pool tables and some tables to the right, which are a bit wobbly, careful you don't spill your beer. The floors seem to have had the carpet removed and never replaced. Glue build up where carpet once was, watch your step in some places.
The Crowd: Local retirees. We were in quite early compared to most of our other reviews (around 3pm). Had a lot of eyes on us since we were new faces, but no problems.
Prices: $8 domestic pitchers, $13.50 import. $2.50 domestic bottles, $3.50 import. $3.75 tall boys of PBR, $5 Fireball shots, and $4 delicious Bloody Mary's.
Entertainment: 2 pool tables, 1 dartboard, TouchTunes Jukebox, 5 TV's where Bob and I learned how to make moonshine on the History channel.
Restroom: Amazing. Is amazing the right word to describe a toilet? Sure, why not. Compared to the appearance outside, "the Virgin Mary would be proud to go in there and take a dump." - Gunnery Sergeant Hartman.
Bartender: Our favorite Booties bartender, Barbara. Absolutely stunning. Even if you don't plan on drinking, at least stop in and say Hi.
Closing statement: We'd like to come back and check this place out again, perhaps at night when there is more of a lively crowd. Not a bad spot at all. Great little dive, that serves a delicious Bloody Mary.


We give Torch Room a 4 out of 5.



Saturday, July 6, 2013

Flite Room, Lakewood, CA

4111 Lakewood Blvd
Lakewood, CA
(562) 425-5559

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No (Cash Only)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: Internet Jukebox/
  • Best Nights: Fri, Sat
  • TV's: 6
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Don't try to Google the location of this bar. The address it gives you, is not correct and will lead you to a residence. Use 4111 Lakewood Blvd. Lakewood CA, there you will find this tiny hole in the wall with only a small lit up sign on the Lakewood Blvd. side of the building. The first thing we noticed walking into this bar, was the sign on the roof designating the "happy hour" hours, which seem to be an all day event.
     Called the Flite Room, because it's near the airport? I guess. Perhaps a little airplane decor would be fitting, maybe a propeller on the sign? Nah, just a name. We came to this bar tonight because it was the only one nearby doing Karaoke on a Sunday night. Conveniently, it was only us who thought this was a good idea and were able to walk in, grab a beer, and sing a song, all within 5 minutes of being there.
     Inside, to the right of the main entrance, you will find a booth and a pool table tucked in the back corner; to the left, you will find another pool table, and an area for the Karaoke; straight ahead is the bar, with about 10 bar stools, one which was taken by a guy who could hardly hold his balance. To the right of the bar, the ATM machine, in a small broom closet room, with quite the extensive library for all your drunken reading needs.
The Crowd: All locals. There was some chatter about "DiveBar Culture" in the bar. We couldn't tell if they were interested in the idea, or mocking it, not that it matters. A couple of ladies sitting at the end of the bar, who were bartenders at some of the surrounding bars, commented, "you guys have no idea what a dive bar is." I beg to differ. Look around ladies, this is an ultimate dive. I proceeded to talk about some of the other dives we've been to in the area, including the Annex (also in the top 10 of diviest bars) where, we learned later, one of these girls was a bartender. Trust us, we know our dives. On a scale from 1-10, I give this crowd a 3 on friendliness.
Service: 1st round was quick, but the second and third rounds, slow to say the least. Not many people in the bar, but the bartender would converse in a long conversations with locals while non-local customers waited anxiously for drinks.
Prices: $3.25 16oz Coors Light, $2 Jello Shots, $4 shots of Fireball.
Entertainment: 2 pool tables, 1 dart board, internet jukebox, a library full of books, Karaoke on Saturday and Sunday nights, Golden Tee Golf, Silver Strike Bowling, 2 touchscreen games on the bar.
Restroom: Surprisingly fabulous. Very clean. Patrons here, actually know how to aim. 
Bartender: Pam. The patrons ranted and raved about her and how awesome she is. I didn't see what the big deal was, besides the heavy pour, nothing really to report. Perhaps, since we were new, we got the cold shoulder in the beginning.
Closing statement: My first encounter with this bar back in March was shitty to say the least, and I let Yelp know all about it. I told myself I'd never come back here, however, this was the closest spot for Karaoke on a Sunday, so we thought we'd give it a second chance. Was not terribly disappointed this time. Service was still a bit slow, but we tend to encounter this a lot being the new faces in the bar.





Sunday, June 30, 2013

Interlude Cocktails, Long Beach, CA



1710 Clark Avenue
Long Beach, CA ‎
 (562) 597-2963

  • Price per domestic pitcher: N/A
  • Credit/Debit: No (Cash Only)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Good for groups: Yes
  • Music: TouchTunes
  • Best Nights: Friday
  • TV's: 4
  • Smoking: Outside/No Drinks
  • Alcohol: Full Bar
  • ATM: Yes
The Bar: Considered the diviest bar in Long Beach, this little hole in the wall sits on Clark Ave. between PCH and Los Coyotes Diagonal. This is the bar that the locals come to when the Annex and Blondie's close early, at least that's what I did when I lived in Long Beach. Everything about this place screams dive bar, no windows, a door leading into the unknown, and the smell of stale beer from the night before, feels like home.
The Crowd: For a Saturday night, not much happening in here. Got your standard retirees, couple of drunk middle aged fellows, and a few in their 20's. Everyone seemed nice enough.
Service: Quick and delivered with a smile.
Prices: $4.25 16oz Coors Light, $5 shots of Fireball (heavy pour)
Entertainment: 2 pool tables (50 cents), TouchTunes, 2 dart boards, Lottery ticket machine. Complementary hotdogs and popcorn on weekends.
Restroom: One of the filthiest we've ever been in. It was hot & humid, with the smell of old urine. Perhaps a 99 cent air freshener could fix this issue.
Closing statement: We use to frequent this place on the regular. Not a terrible spot if you are looking for a relaxed environment. The restrooms could certainly use a facelift. We were told that Friday nights are the best and that we should return then, we shall try. In the meantime, stop on by and let us know what you thought.


We give the Interlude a 3 out of 5.