Death Valley Dive Bar Guide

Alcohol On The Edge

The middle of nowhere can be the perfect spot for a true dive.
Painted Lady Lounge - Detroit Dive Bar - Interior
Happy Burro Chili & Beer

It is difficult to conceive of a better pairing of dive bar and surroundings than Death Valley and the handful of drinking options that populate its sparse, sprawling footprint. The dive bar options that dare to exist on Death Valley’s fringes are almost by definition as authentic as possible, outposts that have simply refused to shutter in the face of countless reasons to seek (literally) greener pastures elsewhere.

Happy Burro Chili & Beer puts the Death Valley dive bar’s chief amenities right there in the name of the saloon-style structure in Beatty, Nevada. Down the road from a ghost town and home to a vaunted chili recipe, Happy Burro accentuates the divey drinking experience with handles atop the bar’s urinals for those needing a little extra stability.

Visiting Death Valley is a bit like visiting a major city, the drinking options perfect for each trip highly dependent on path and proximity. The options provided here sprinkle the options throughout the Death Valley region in hopes of serving as a roadside stop-off no matter the route chosen to, from or through the area.

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Our Death Valley Dive Bar Recommendations

While we’ve done our fair share of drinking, we haven’t yet hit every Death Valley Dive Bar. The recommendations below are sorted into tiers to help guide your choices depending on how much time you have to explore Death Valley. Where we’ve reviewed a location, a score is given.

SFG Reviews

We’ve been lucky enough to visit the locations below in Death Valley. Each location includes a full review and SFG score to help you decide on how to prioritize your travels.

Happy Burro Chili & Beer

SFG Rating: 9 out of 10
Hot chili on the fringes of Death Valley.

SFG Recommendations

We have not yet been lucky enough to visit the Death Valley options below, but research, word of mouth and reader submissions have led us to recommend these must-visit options.

The Hubb

On the edge of absolutely nowhere.
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Who's Dunes Lounge

Alcohol, steaks, gambling and a parking lot. That's it.
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Other Options

Below you’ll find the truly deep cuts, gems in waiting that we have not yet been able to visit. Let us know if you find a particularly potent destination.

Arnie's Cocktail Lounge

1141 NV-160 Ste 9, Pahrump, NV 89048
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What Did We Miss?

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