There’s something special about a dive bar. Sure, you can visit some pretty fantastic cities and sip expensive cocktails underneath pictures of celebrities who have visited the place and “check-in” on Facebook so all of your friends will get jealous, but the experience can’t compare to finding a good dive bar. There’s just something special about walking into a joint full of old locals and ordering a cheap drink from a crusty old bartender. You get a kind of charm that can’t be duplicated unless it’s original, and you won’t find it in some hustling and bustling name brand locale. According to the Nightclub & Bar Media Group, the best dive bar in the country is called the Rail Pub and it’s located in Savannah, Georgia.
Savannah is a top travel destination so there’s more to do than just drink at the Rail Pub. But if you visit, you might as well check visiting the best dive bar in the country off your list.
The joint opened in 1890, but it wasn’t always a pub. It used to be a stopping off point for railroad laborers, a boarding house and a brothel when Savannah had a “red light district.” It’s one of the few places you can order a $5 “forty” at the bar (a 40-ounce beverage, famous for being bigger on size than taste) with complimentary fried chicken on Fridays and if you’re looking to chat with local day drinkers there’s no better place. You’ll find the staples that make up any good dive bar—karaoke, happy hour specials and plenty of t-shirts and other souvenirs to take back home with you.
“Dive Bar of the Year” isn’t the only award given by Nightclub & Bar. The BlackTail, in New York City, got top honors this year for the best cocktail bar in America. If you just want to chat up the best bartender in the country, head to the Suffolk Arms, also in New York City, and seek out Giuseppe Gonzalez.
Looking for the best bar for beer drinkers? Porter Beer Bar, Atlanta Georgia. Best joint for dancing? Love + Propaganda in San Francisco.
But when it comes to good old-fashioned drinking (probably in excess), the Rail Pub in Savannah should find its way onto your bucket list.