Everybody Loves Dive Bars—So Why Aren't They Easier to Protect?

An Esquire article about the disappearance of neighborhood dive bars in cities like Chicago asks why people to support their local watering hole.

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January 3, 2015, 9:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

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Google Street View / Kind Eddy Saloon in Los Angeles

Remy Ayesh writes an eulogy for the dive bar by first describing its appeal: "There’s just something about the edgy, primordial, rock ‘n’ roll nature of these kinds of establishments that speaks to us. And they aren’t just for boozehounds and hipsters. Usually tucked into a neighborhood, they offer convenience and tranquility. Even if you don’t frequent them, they’re still a comfort to have around. They’re the old house shoe and robe to your black dress and heels. And they’re disappearing fast."

The reason for Ayesh's consternation is a recent round of closures: "Four of Chicago’s most iconic dives just shuttered or are for sale," and "[another] New York City dive recently closed its doors…"

Then, a call to action: "If we love these divey places, then why do we collectively scatter when it comes to supporting them? Why aren’t we fighting to keep them around? Where are the millionaire-billionaires that support the new establishments? Where’s the Kickstarter for the old?"

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 in Esquire

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