Williamsburg’s Kokie’s Coke Bar

Vice provides a typical Vice story about a Puerto Rican dive bar called Kokie’s that sold coke out of a closet. Want to read crazy coke stories from the turn of the millennium? This is the post for you. Of course it all went to hell eventually but they had a surprisingly long run selling shitty cocaine to strung-out proto-hipsters.

Please Snort Me

Vice.com, 6.1.08

Chicago’s Old Town Ale House

Chicago’s Old Town Ale House is a classic working-man’s bar that achieved iconic status through colorful drunks and celebrity patrons. Near the Second City improv theater, and frequented by the likes of Roger Ebert, John Cusack, Dan Ackroyd, and Bill Murray, the bar relocated after a fire to a temporary location 40 years ago and hasn’t moved since. Classic salty barkeep Bruce Elliott keeps things in check, and if anybody gets rowdy they just put on the classical music. The Thrillist mines the depths.

No Shots Allowed: An Oral History of Chicago’s Old Town Ale House

Thrillist.com, 3.16.16

Taco Land: San Antonio’s Famous Dive Bar

Taco Land was a classic dive bar loved by the fringe element and run by the exquisitely profane Ram Ayala. He started booking punk shows in the early 80s and rock shows throughout, becoming a home for native and touring rockers, and the club was immortalized in a 1987 Dead Milkman song. Sadly, Ayala was murdered during a 2005 robbery, but he remains a legendary figure in the San Antonio music community. The Current gathers some predictably colorful anecdotes from the regulars.

An Oral History Of Taco Land 10 Years After The Death Of Ram Ayala

SACurrent.com, 6.23.15