9 classic U.S. dive bars

Published On: Jul 03 2013 10:20:30 AM CDT

What makes a classic dive bar? Decades of history and a lot of character.

Dive bars - Frolic Room
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Julie Jordan Scott

Frolic Room (Los Angeles) -- LA Weekly crowned the Frolic Room the city's best dive in 2012, and few would argue with the bar's legendary status. Charles Bukowski, the prolific poet and novelist whose favorite subject was the City of Angels, drank here often. His portrait hangs above the cash register.

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