Dive Bars Whether it s a dark and smoky lair, an old town saloon or a hand painted haven for punks, a dive bar is a miraculous thing. Especially in Dallas, where the big city lights tend to draw lots of big city folks, dive bars provide that much need low key atmosphere where no one cares what you re wearing or what you re drinking. Most of the dives in Dallas maintain mellow, blue collar vibes with a slightly gritty blend of country and rock, and easygoing regulars can often be found perched on a bar stool chatting with the bartender and casually welcoming everyone to come through the front door. A couple of the dive bars in Dallas also serve some delicious food, which is a welcome treat in a world where dives are generally liquor only hangouts. From the best thin crust pizza in the city to massive, freshly prepared burgers, these haunts seem to have a deep understanding of the alcohol on an empty stomach is bad rule.