National Dive Bar Day

National Dive Bar Day is a holiday celebrated on July 7th every year. This holiday encourages people to seek out bars they might not ordinarily visit. By definition, dive bars are working-class bars found in most neighborhoods. They are typically bars that aren’t glamorous but offer an interesting and varied clientele and cheap drinks. We think that if people give them a chance, many of these bars also offer something that chain bars and restaurants can’t: atmosphere.

The History of National Dive Bar Day

Even though we’re not sure exactly when National Dive Bar Day was invented, we do know that it was created by Seagram’s Seven Crown sometime before 2019. They created this holiday because they say that Seven Crown, also known as 7&7, is the quintessential drink for dive bars. It’s a holiday that has been celebrated ever since.

Trivia Facts About Alcohol

While researching dive bars, we’ve come across some great facts about alcohol, bars, and dive bars. Some of these facts were too interesting for us to ignore, so we’ve decided to list them below.

Brandy Means Burnt Wine

One thing that many people don’t realize is that the word brandy comes from the Dutch word “brandewijn.” What does this word mean? It means burnt wine in Dutch.

The First Cocktail Party Happened in 1917

Although some sources state that the cocktail party was invented in 1924, the actual origins go back to 1917. The first cocktail party was thrown by a socialite known as Mrs. Clara Bell Walsh. This party was held in St. Louis, Missouri, and was so successful it was mentioned in a Tacoma Times newspaper article.

Bathtub Gin’s Name Is Not What You Think

While some people might think that the term bathtub gin was coined because the spirit was made in a bathtub, that’s not actually the case. Although some people did make gin in their bathtubs during Prohibition, the term actually comes from the height of the gin bottles that were used for mixing the gin. The bottles were too tall for an ordinary faucet, so they had to be filled under a bathtub’s faucet.

The United States Has One of the Highest Drinking Ages

The U.S. has one of the highest drinking ages in the world and is part of a group of 10 other countries where the drinking age is 21 years old. What other countries have a 21-year-old age limit for drinking alcohol? These countries include Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Equatorial Guinea, Micronesia, Mongolia, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Oman, Samoa, and Sri Lanka.

Celebrating National Dive Bar Day

This holiday is easy to observe. All a person has to do is gather some of their friends and trek to a dive bar that they find interesting or one that they haven’t been to before. And if they do find a dive bar that’s out of the ordinary, they should take the time to post about it on social media using the hashtag #NationalDiveBarDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
July 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
July 7 Monday
Last year (2023)
July 7 Friday
Food & Drinks