Friday, June 28, 2013

Origin of the Dive Bar

Origin of the Dive Bar

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Dive Bar Shirt Club is named after the term, “dive bar” obviously. While it may seem like an easy enough term to understand, the origins of the words “dive bar” compared to that of just “bar” or “pub” has its roots in history. Incidentally, a “pub”, according to Wikipedia, is a public house and is the center of a community. This the primary difference between a dive bar, a bar, and a pub, is the imagined class and location.

Just what is a dive bar?

A dive bar is also known as an informal bar or pub, and are often referred to as neighborhood bars. Yes, that does make Paddy’s from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia a dive bar. The primary difference between a dive bar and a formal bar will be directly tied to its appearance. While a dive bar will be informal, locally run, and cater almost exclusively to locals, bars are different in that they usually offer entertainment such as local bands, DJs, or even comedic acts. The primary difference between a dive bar and a bar, according to us, is whether or not we’ll feature a dive bar on a monthly shirt or not.

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Writing specifically of dive bars, in August of 2010 Playboy describe dive bars as, “A church for down-and-outers and those who romanticize them, a rare place where high and low rub elbows—bums and poets, thieves and slumming celebrities. It’s a place that wears its history proudly.”

At Dive Bar Shirt Club we know that dive bars are an essential part of the fabric and culture of American life, much like the fabric and culture of our shirts. It may not be the focal point of a community like a pub, and it may not be considered a place of high class, but they are places where people of a community meet and enjoy a drink and possibly a meal at the end of the day.

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Dive Bar Shirt Club welcomes and honors the traditions and locations of dive bars featuring new dive bar shirt every month made exclusive to our patrons alone. Join today to start receiving your limited edition drive bar shirt club shirts!

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