1. Gruene Dance Hall – Gruene, TX Jonas Lamis / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: jonaslamis Built in 1878, Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in Texas. The biggest country acts in history have graced its antique wooden stage. 2. 5 Point Cafe & Bar – Seattle, WA View this photo on Instagram instagram.com This bar is all about tradition. That's why they banned Google Glass before the frames became available to the public. But beware: They've been "cheating tourists-n-drunks since 1929." 3. Rudy's Bar & Grill – Hell's Kitchen, NY flickr4jazz / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: 9341577@N08 Two things make this dive a must-visit: 1) Cheap beer, and 2) Free hot dogs with every beer purchase. And by "hot dogs," we mean as many as you can eat. 4. Ray's Happy Birthday Bar – Philadelphia, PA jaredeberhardt / CC BY-SA http://2.0 / Via Flickr: jaredeberhardt You gotta respect a bar that opens at 7 a.m. Ray's Happy Birthday Bar has it all: the history, the atmosphere, and the friendly owner and bar staff. Come thirsty, and party like it's your birthday. 5. Santa's Pub – Nashville, TN View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Cheap drinks and cheaper entertainment — and, oh yeah, it's in a double-wide. The karaoke at this Nashville establishment lasts 'til 3 a.m. and is almost as deplorable as the bar's theme. 6. Christina's Place – Chicago, IL View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Guinness costs only $3 a pint, and the bar is open until 4 a.m. daily (and 5 a.m. on Saturday nights). This is the dive bar Chicago was destined to produce. 7. The Tam – Boston, MA mreid1166 / CC BY http://2.0 / Via Flickr: mikereid Visit this Boston staple for drinks of Irish-level strength as well as an erotic photo hunt. As an added bonus, you can bring your own food inside. Word to the wise: It's cash only, so make sure to take out a $20 (or two) from an ATM beforehand. 8. Yamhill Pub – Portland, OR View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Nicknamed "The Yamhole," this Portland watering hole is just about as divey as they come. Crotchety regulars, graffiti in layers like a debauched Italian fresco, and drinks that could take the paint off of a boat. It doesn't get any more awesomely worse. 9. The Happy Burro Chili & Beer – Beatty, NV Dane Bjorklund / BuzzFeed With a bar wide enough to fit three patrons snug, and a spicy bean chili famous across the state, the Happy Burro is the perfect pit stop for travelers looking to kick back and chat with locals — and kick back a few cold ones, of course. 10. Zeitgeist – San Francisco, CA Jeff Turner / (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: respres San Francisco's got more than a handful of great dive bars to choose from, but Zeitgeist's enormous backyard, great (cheap) beer selection, and awesome (also cheap) burgers make it the winner for us. 11. Zog's Pool – Chapel Hill, NC View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Our friend who recommended that we check out Zog's described it as "basically some post-apocalyptic-looking dive that seriously must break every fire code in existence, yet still manages to stay open" — and we'll leave it at that. 12. Nye's Polonaise – Minneapolis, MN Alix McAlpine / BuzzFeed Walking into Nye's feels like walking through a time machine, or onto the set of a Twin Peaks episode. An old-school restaurant and piano lounge on one side and an old-fashioned dive bar with booths where you'll often find polka bands playing on the other, this place has a little bit of something for everyone.