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12 Best Hunting & Fishing Dive Bars in the U.S.

by Rick Bach   |  December 21st, 2013 3

When you visit a destination for the purposes of fishing or hunting, it goes without saying that the local watering hole is a must-stop at some point in the trip. Rounds are bought, fish photos shared, tattoos are bragged about and friendships are forged. But the best bars for anglers and hunters won’t have posters at the bus station or billboards on the highway. They won’t be sending you e-mails or posting on your Facebook feed. They’re the hidden gems that only the locals know about, and they’re trying to keep it that way. These dive bars are the places where the bartender always knows what lure they’re hitting and the clientele is comprised of guides and fly-shop owners enjoying a brew after a long day’s work.

“Hey barroom, hey tavern: I find hope in all the souls you gather,” The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn croons. We agree.

Whether you’re a fishermen, hunter or all-around outdoorsman, these are the best bars to belly up to after a long day on the water or in the field. Have one on us. (Not really).


What’s your favorite local haunt to visit after a day on the water or in the field? Share yours with us in the comments!

  • Ernie

    I really enjoy reading Ricks blogs……he is quite the traveler and really tells it like it is!!!! Awesome writer. Lets hear some more Mr. Bach!!!

  • Grayling native

    Spikes’s isn’t a “dive bar.”

  • Rick Bach

    A few might have deviated from the exact description but the idea was a place where real-life anglers and hunters hang out, rather than a fancy establishment that might turn their nose up at camo. A friend recommended it as a great sportsman’s bar so I wanted it on the list. If you ever make it out to the Steelhead Diner in Seattle you’ll note that that’s far from “dive” status, as well, but a great anglers bar never-the-less. Some are dive-ier than others. In my experience they’re all great, though. Some have more than enough “dive” quality to make up for the rest, take my word for it.

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