Las Vegas Dive Bar Guide

A Few Counterpoints to Walking the Vegas Strip

Sometimes dive bars are the hidden gems to be found in cities that might slip under the radar, a place where the entertainment options may not be obvious and the local institutions a bit obscured from view. Las Vegas is not that place. The city is flush with dive bars, high end cocktail bars and every possible alcohol environment in between. But still, there are a few icons that stand out in a city full of them.

Atomic Liquors is the logical place to start, the oldest free-standing bar in the city and holder of Las Vegas liquor permit No. 1. Opened as a café in 1945, Atomic Liquors was christened under its current name in 1952, a symptom of the growing revenue from alcohol. A haunt for local celebrities over the years, crowds initially formed thanks to the convenient rooftop view of mushroom clouds thanks to atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site 65 miles away.

On the opposite end of the spectrum sits Double Down Saloon, a punk rock dive bar home to live music, an absolute explosion of graffiti and a signature shot called Ass Juice served in a small porcelain toilet bowl shot glass. Development has grown in the direction of Double Down Saloon, making it less of an outpost than it once was, but the desolate, edge-of-the-city vibe is still alive and well.

And somewhere in between sits Frankie’s Tiki Room, sharing an owner with the Double Down Saloon and currently holding the flag for tiki bars in Vegas. The love story between Las Vegas and its tiki bars has seen ups and downs over the years, but Frankie’s upholds the tradition well, a white building with a half moon entrance that bursts into grass hut & carving-infused life inside.

Dive bars compete with countless other options in Las Vegas, but a good dose of reality somewhere away from the Strip is always a good idea when in town. These dive bars provide a bit of that reality check, even if it too is wrapped in a bit of Vegas bubble wrap, from the 24/7 hours to the marquee often out front to the video poker machines at the bar (not a bad thing).

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Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Downtown

Atomic Liquors

917 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Downtown

Frankie's Tiki Room

1712 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Downtown

Hard Hat Lounge

1675 S Industrial Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Downtown

Huntridge Tavern

1116 E Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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Eastside

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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Southeast

Dispensary Lounge

2451 E Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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Southwest

Rusty Spur Saloon

8025 Dean Martin Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89139
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Strip

Stage Door Casino

4000 Linq Ln
Las Vegas, NV 89109
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University

The Dive Bar

4110 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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Westside

Moondoggies Bar

3240 Arville St
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Other Dive Bar Options

4 Mile Bar

3650 Boulder Hwy
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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Badlands Las Vegas

953 E Sahara Ave #22B
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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Blue Ox Central

6000 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89119
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C.D.'s Sports Bar

3025 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89121
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Decatur Package Liquor & Cocktails

546 S Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107
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Dino's Lounge

1516 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
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Four Kegs Sports Pub

276 N Jones Blvd # B
Las Vegas, NV 89107
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Fun Hog Ranch

495 E Twain Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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Hogs & Heifers

201 N 3rd St Suite 130
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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Rush Hour Tavern

3985 E Sunset Rd #A
Las Vegas, NV 89120
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Rustic Lounge

1817 N Boulder Hwy
Henderson, NV 89011
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Saddle N Spurs Saloon

2333 N Jones Blvd # 108
Las Vegas, NV 89108
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Tap House

5589 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
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