What to Drink in a Dive Bar

by Modern Miss Manners


– Beer

– Whiskey on the rocks

– Shots of tequila or whiskey (not both)

– Liquor-based mixed drinks with no more than two ingredients (the buck stops at “vodka soda”)


That’s it. Nothing else falls under the list of acceptable dive bar libations. Unless, of course, said bar offers a special (likely deadly) concoction. The bar I frequented during my undergrad years offered “Red Light, Green Light” shots. You can imagine how that went (hint: the Green Light shots contained milk).

But we had no choice: sometimes you just gotta drink a dive’s disgusting specials. Them’s the rules.