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Even in big cities, newcomers and frequent flyers can find themselves falling short of nightlife options. Typically, this is because they don’t know the best spots. Whether it’s a local looking for a new place to hang out or a first-time visitor searching for a night of fun, one of these dive bars is sure to satisfy. Here are the top five dive bars in Dallas, Texas.

Ships Lounge

This bar’s recommendation comes straight from the Dallas Observer. It’s described as one of the most casual dive bars in the area. The dress code is extremely casual because it doesn’t really exist. On top of that, they even allow guests to bring their own alcohol! A person can simply pay a few dollars for a glass and ice. It’s located on Greenville Ave., just across the street from Sprouts Farmers Market.

Inwood Tavern

Dallas Eater marks Inwood Tavern as the number one essential dive bar in the area. It’s the oldest bar in Dallas that has never had to close its doors. It has a comfortable feel with many drinks being served in red plastic cups. Like most dives, they have karaoke nights that are announced via Facebook. They also have a happy hour every day until 7 pm.

Velvet Elvis

This strange dive bar located in a shopping mall is at the top of Culturemap‘s list for Dallas. The decor is styled after the ’80s, and hair metal bands are the bar’s go-to for cover music. Monday night pool tournaments are a regular event here. Most of their drink specials run Monday-Wednesday.

Double Wide

Travel and Leisure hit the nail on the coffin when suggesting Double Wide as one of the best dive bars in Dallas. It’s theme centers around a trailer park, including the drinks. It has an eclectic vibe with live music performances on most nights. It also has a sister bar called Single Wide that has a more intimate feel.

Black Swan Saloon

Dallas News ranked several local dive bars based on their Four Square reviews, and Black Swan was a clear winner. Described by one user as a cocktail bar, it’s a great location for anyone who appreciates a skilled bartender.