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Dive Bars

The local haunts of Marin can be dark, loud, a little worn-out and absolutely perfect.



What defines a “dive bar” (like Smiley’s shown above)? We asked you, we asked the experts, we racked our brains for descriptors and quickly embraced the notion that some stereotypes are based in truth — and that dive bars are no exception. Here are our findings in the form of eight reader-favorite Marin watering holes from south to north, ending with a West Marin bar that is one of the oldest in the state. To learn more about each dive bar, click on the name.

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