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Dive Bar of the Month Club


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

Ellen Goodwin


September Dive Bar of the Month:


The Tower Bar

(4757 University Ave.)

Wednesday, September 27th






September Dive Bar of the Month








Support Your Local Dive Bar!

Thanks to everyone who came out and joined us at Desi’s last month.

This month, for the 9th stop on our 13th Anniversary Dive Bar Tour, we are going to one of the diviest bars in town, a longtime favorite that is unique in every way: The Tower Bar.

The building was built in 1932 and originally housed a drive-in soda fountain. The tower on top of the building, designed to look a little like the Empire State Building, was originally 110 feet tall. (Now it’s about 104 feet tall and continues to be a landmark in the area.)

In 1964, a driver plowed into the corner of the bar, killing a patron. Shortly after the accident, the bar started calling itself the “original hole-in-the-wall bar.”

The Tower Bar is small, dark, and dusty. In other words, perfect.

It’s octagonal.

There is a glittery gold bar that defies ordinary bar geometry. There’s a stage and four big tuck-and-roll booths. There is beer memorabilia everywhere. There’s a full bar with a daily Happy Hour from 4 – 7 ($1 off wells and drafts.) They serve genuine Absinthe for $10 and offer cocktails like a “Hello Kitty Fart” and “Speed Racer.”

Plan now to join us at this perfect Dive Bar on Wednesday, September 27th, starting at 5 p.m.


Cash or Credit? The Tower takes both.

Food? The Tower doesn’t serve food, but a few places are nearby if you’re hungry. (Or you want to bring food in.) The Key and Cleaver is about a block away, and they serve fantastic burgers (we tried them out last week.)

Parking? There is a small parking lot with 10 parking spots behind the bar. Otherwise, it is only street parking in a very crowded neighborhood. Make it easy on yourself and take a rideshare.

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.

Email us here:

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 Lucky 13 Dive Bar Tour T-Shirts Are Now Available For Pre-order

The 13th Anniversary Lucky 13 Dive Bar Tour T-shirts are now available for pre-order! Each shirt features our new Dive Bar logo on the front and the complete Dive Bar Tour list on the back, with a square in front of the name of each bar so you can keep track of the bars you hit on the year-long tour.

All shirts are printed white on black on a 100% cotton Hanes t-shirt. Men’s shirts have crew necks, and women’s shirts are v-necks. Available in sizes small through xx-large.

Shirts are $25 each for pick-up in San Diego. Add $4.00 if you need your shirt mailed to you, and include your mailing address when ordering via Venmo. Order before September 30th for early October delivery.

Order via Venmo @divebarofthemonth. Please include your name, what type of shirt you want (men’s/women’s), size, and quantity. Include your email address or phone number in case we have any questions about your order.

Thanks for supporting Dive Bar of the Month!

Three views of t-shirt for Dive Bar

Left to Right: Men’s shirt front, Back of all shirts (with four boxes already checked off), Women’s shirt front

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W.C. Fields

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Frank Zappa

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