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Industry Pros Share Their Favorite Dive Bars

Service industry pros reveal where they go for cheap pours and thrills.

Welcome to the Dive Bar Power Hour, a full hour dedicated to dive bars. Unlike their more popular sibling, the cocktail bar, dive bars are slightly rough around the edges - maybe sticky too - but even they need love too.


Francisco Terrazas, general manager of The Pastry War: "Poison Girl."

Terry Williams, general manager of Anvil Bar & Refuge: "Timeout Sports Bar #2, it's where I spent my younger years. Cheap drink and pool."

Cheryl Gibbs, bartender at Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge: "Sunny's in Downtown. It's a good place to taste every vodka flavor known to man."

Ben Mowbray, bartender at Moving Sidewalk: "Carlos' Beer Garden in Webster. There's a massive sign for everything...like one that reads keep your pants up. People will say Poison Girl is their favorite but it's not a dive bar."

Alexander Gregg, general manager of Moving Sidewalk: "Lola's. On all counts"

Robert Harvey, general manager of Triniti: "Catbirds."

Nathan Reffell, bartender at Julep: "Sunnys in Downtown, Lola's in Montrose, Big Star in Heights."

Laurie Sheddan Harvey, bartender of the soon-to-open Sanctuari Bar (inside Triniti): "Lola's."

Lisa Baum, food and beverage director of The Creek Group: "Shiloh."

Kristine Nguyen, bartender at Julep: "Favorite dive bar? TA's Cargo Club! $5 weller? Why not?!"

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