The dive bars in New York are slipping away due to increased rents, up to about 31%. New Yorkers love a good, respectable neighborhood dive bar. They are familiar with the staff and are happy to order the cheap drinks. Dug’s Dive in Buffalo, NY was among the first Dive bars because it was at the bottom of the stairwell and often flooded. Mostly it was the kind of place you would come to to order a cheap drink and keep company with regulars, locals, and those not on the social society lists. Due to the pricing, dive bars do not have a lot of money to fix their establishments up, or maintain them, often earning the reputation as a “Dive” bar.
- Historic dive bars are getting pushed out because real estate in the area has increased 31%.
- New Yorkers are proud of their local dives and respect them, that is what keeps them coming in.
- Dive bars get their reputation because the drinks are cheap, the servers have been there a long while and maintenance takes a backslide because cheap drinks does not help the profits.
“The previous owner (who allegedly caught the sharks that hang on the wall herself) asked for straight cash. Delaney didn’t pay for the whole bar that way — but he did give her some bills in a paper bag as a sign of good faith.”