There are a lot of bars out there that claim to be dive bars, but aren’t the real deal. You know, the types of spots where the posers hang out and drink a few Pabst Blue Ribbons just because it seems like the retro cool thing to do.
But how can you tell when a real dive bar passes the — I guess you could say, “smell” test?
South Side bar Woodlawn Tap (1172 E. 55th St) doesn’t have to worry about its dive bar legitimacy. Men.style.com ranked it as one of the “Best Dive Bars in America.”