Nothing beats a vodka martini, but the thing is, this tasty little drink can sometimes come off as a bit too fancy for some people to want others to see them drinking it. For the perfect way to get around this, you can try ordering one next time you are at the most hole-in-the-wall dive bar you can find.
If you need some dive bar exploring inspiration for the next time you want to sip an apple or espresso martini, check out this list. Without further ado, here are the best United States cities to enjoy one of these delicious adult beverages at a dive bar.
1. Lansing, Michigan
Known around most of the United States as one of the original cities for General Motors and some of America’s most noteworthy automobiles, Lansing is also home to some of the greatest dive bars. From Stober’s, Dagwood’s to LeRoy’s, this rusty capital city has you covered.
2. Detroit, Michigan
For another Michigan city that has another wide selection of impressive watering holes that dive bar fans will love, Detroit is a solid choice. With the oldest bar still standing in the city, 2 Way Inn is the ultimate dive bar destination with one of the richest histories you can find in a tavern.
3. Washington, D.C.
Speaking of history, if you are looking to have a buzz while learning about the history of the beginnings of the nation as a whole, Washington, D.C. is definitely the place to be. While you are there, make sure to visit Dan’s Cafe among many of the other interesting dive bars.
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Another mid-size city that is a bit bigger than Lansing, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is another solid dive bar destination. Whether you visit the famous Gooski’s, Kelly’s or another drinking location, any of these places will do for your dive bar martini mission.
5. Memphis, Tennessee
If you love southern food and country music, another city for some interesting and unique dive bars in Memphis, Tennessee. As you cross over the massive Hernando de Soto Bridge, you will see the likes of Earnestine and Hazel’s and many other fantastic locations to test the vodka.
6. St. Paul, Minnesota
For a midwestern place that will make feel cozy in the winter and welcome all year long, be sure to check St. Paul, Minnesota, for another wide variety of cool dive bars. There, you can try ordering your martini at The Arcade Bar while enjoying conversations with the locals and playing games.
7. Brooklyn, New York
Another top dive bar destination on the east coast is undoubtedly Brooklyn, New York. From the Commodore to Monteros and everywhere in-between and nearby, Brooklyn offers an endless list of great dive bars that will make you feel comfortable ordering your martini no matter what.
8. Chicago, Illinois
What kind of dive bar list would this be without the Windy City? For another midwestern location but with an excellent public train system and one of the warmest Great Lakes, you must visit Chicago. From Nisei Lounge to Archie’s Iowa Rockwell Tavern, you will love this place.
9. Oakland, California
If you need some warmer weather, then another great city for dive bar martini ordering is Oakland, California. There, you will find the magnificent Kingfish Pub and the Missouri Louge, among countless other worthwhile favorites with the locals.
Are you ready to hit the road for a dive bar adventure so you enjoy a delicious martini? If not, you can always stay in and drink at home, too. Whatever you choose to do, this list can help inspire future boozy traveling dreams.