Dive bars have changed over the years, but there’s no denying they’re an American staple slowly being pushed out.
Local dives in metropolitan cities like NYC are dwindling as the cost of rent rises and pushes out the old for the new; but there’s quite a bit that can be done to help save our favorite haunts. If you’re interested in making sure your favorite spot sticks around for the long haul, here’s a quick guide on how to do so:
1.Drink At A Local Pub
First, stay local. In a place like NYC “local” is a bit broad, but if you stick to the old school favorites that have been around for a while you’re off to a good start. There are even “Drink Local” campaigns you can get involved with, or begin your own if the neighborhood you live in doesn’t have one.
2. Learn About Its History
While you’re there, get to know the people behind the bar and find out more about the dive’s history. When it comes to long standing bars in NYC, you never know what artist or rock and roll legend has been in the same space! Might even be worth sharing their rich and exciting history.
3. Take Photos
A picture is worth a thousand words, and these days that’s what proves we’ve actually been somewhere. That said, holding onto the memories is always a great reason to snap some photos and you can use these images to make a difference.
4. Share Your Photos and Experience
This might be the most important part of the process. Propel the conversation to save the dive bar by putting your memories on social media. Share the history of the bar and post away using hashtags like #SaveTheDiveBar to get the movement going.
5. Organize Events
Hosting happy hours and community outings at these local dives is a great way to introduce people to the bar. The more people that know about the better chances are that your favorite watering hole will stick around even longer.
6. Make Your Voice Heard
If there’s a bar you know of that’s hurting, you can take action. If it’s rent related you can start a petition for rent concessions from the landlord—if enough people get behind it, the landlord may surprise you. You can also get involved by showing support for the National Trust.
If you’re still looking for ways to chip into the fight, you can purchase Save The Dive Bar t-shirts through Seagram’s 7, here. Part of your purchase will be donated to the National Trust.
This article was sponsored by Seagram’s 7. 21+ only. Please drink responsibly. Must be of legal drinking age to participate. For all the facts, visit DRINK AWARE.
Also published on Medium.