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Dive Bar of the Month Club


“Strangers are just friends you haven’t had a drink with yet.”

Ellen Goodwin


January Dive Bar of the Month

Wednesday, January 25th – 6 p.m.

The Live Wire
2103 El Cajon Blvd., 92104





January Dive Bar of the Month








Plan now to join us!

This is a big year for Dive Bar of the Month.

We’re celebrating our 13th Anniversary of visiting and enjoying Dive Bars in San Diego.

We’ve got a lot planned to celebrate this big event year. In fact, we’re planning on celebrating all year long with our “Lucky 13 Dive Bar Fun” tour.

But for now, we know what you want, and that’s to get together and drink in a Dive Bar, and we couldn’t agree more. So for our first Dive Bar of 2023, we’re headed to one of our favorite bars: the Live Wire!

The Live Wire, at the corner of Alabama and El Cajon Boulevard in North Park, just celebrated its 30th Anniversary. The building itself is small, dark, and windowless. The floor is beat-up wood. The booths are deep, tuck and roll. And the jukebox is legendary. And very loud.

They have 24 craft beers on tap and a full bar of all the booze you could ever want. There is a pool table, a pinball game, and crazy movies on the two small televisions. There’s eclectic memorabilia over the taps, a tree branch going through the ceiling in the women’s bathroom, and a melted bike out front.

It’s small. Loud. And a lot of fun.

And we’re going there to kick off the Lucky 13 Dive Bar Fun Tour on Wednesday, January 25th starting at 6 p.m.

Looking forward to having you join us.

Important info:
CASH/CARDS: Live Wire takes both.

FOOD: The Live Wire doesn’t serve food, so feel free to grab something before or after meeting up or bring something in. Nearby places include the Taproom, Luigi’s Pizza, Mama’s Lebanese Foods, and Gnarly Girl pizza.

PARKING: All parking is street parking in a fairly residential neighborhood. Make it easy on yourself and take an Uber or Lyft.

Some of our recent bars

It’s a tradition to get our bartenders to hold our sign. Here’s where we’ve recently been.

We’re always open to hearing about bars we haven’t visited. Drop us a line if there is someplace you think we should check out.

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Aero club bartenders
Bartenders at Docks

Learn more about Dive Bars

Watch this Ignite talk and learn everything you need to know about Dive Bars.

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Ellen Goodwin, May 19, 2016 at San Diego Ignite #6

Watch this TEDx talk and learn how Dive Bars can change your life.

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TEDx San Diego, October 22, 2016

The Limited Edition, Dive Bar of the Month T-Shirts are finally here!

Be among the first to get your own Dive Bar of the Month T-shirt. Men and Women’s styles available. Sizes both large and x-large are available for men and women (women’s sizes run very small).
$20 includes postage inside USA.
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“I drink with impunity … or anyone else who invites me.”

W.C. Fields

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Frank Zappa

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George Gobel

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San Diego, CA, USA