Dive Bars in La Mesa

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In 2008, Guy Fieri proclaimed that the German-born owners of Crazee Burger would ?make a burger out of just about anything? on the Food Network?s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Four years have passed, but Guy?s claim still holds true at Crazee Burger, which marries American?s favorite staple food to the atmosphere of a European bistro. The eccentric menu does include some familiar patties, crafted from premium Angus beef or veggies, but also forays into the unusual with burgers made of wild boar, camel, and even ostrich and kangaroo. Imported beers and wine from Spain and Italy, as well as brews from the United States, wash down burgers or bratwursts and make it easier to forget about your childhood pet, a wild boar.

4201 30th St
San Diego,
CA
US

When you want surly service, kitschy decor, and a mandatory bib, you normally go to your mother's house for dinner. Today's Groupon brings you servers you can sass back at sans guilt. For $10, you get $25 worth of grub and guzzle at Dick's Last Resort. The energetic eatery, popular with bachelorette parties, soccer hooligans, and dehydrated astronauts, has been a Dallas legend for the past 25 years.

345 4th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

For a breakfast burrito and a decked-out bloody mary or a late-night burger and a beer, Nunu's Cocktail Lounge has been welcoming patrons into it's low-lit lounge atmosphere for more than half a century. The joint is full of overstuffed, round leather booths, accented by rich, vintage wallpaper, taking guests back to a time when art deco was swell and all the cookies were ducky shincrackers. But their 12 flat-screen TVs remind folks that they haven't actually traveled time.

To fuel the revelry, the bartenders pour wine and beer and mix cocktails made with one of more than 20 vodkas. And hearty philly cheesesteaks, Angus burgers marinated in whiskey, and chicken parmesan sandwiches fill up bellies.

3537 5th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

More than 100 whiskeys and a comparable bounty of beers flow at Johnny’s Saloon, an eccentric neighborhood bar that dubs itself a “twisted Cheers.” Opened in 1982, the bar emanates a charm stemming from its appreciation of the rock 'n' roll generation and a rejection of anything that represents the status quo, such as walls. The jukebox is stocked solely with vintage rock 'n' roll and country, steering clear of Top 40 pop and hip-hop, and in the spotless bathrooms, 20 scented lotions keep hands smelling fresher than the Snuggle bear’s dance moves. Though the bar doesn’t serve food, the staffers happily order in from the nearby famous Donuttery and pour libations from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. They serve up single shots of spirits such as Midleton Irish whiskey and Macallan 21-year, but patrons can also purchase a private bottle of liquor that’s held behind the bar under lock and key.

17428 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach,
CA
US