These establishments, teeming throngs of thirst and sound, are havens for townies. A harmonica or guitar plays in the background as you take a seat, a shot, a beer, a turn at the pool table. You’re invited to talk to a best friend, the person next to you, a stranger or maybe a bartender. Depending on how long the place has been around, you might sense the multiple generations that have passed through before you. You’re in a dive bar, and Columbia has a magnificent selection.
Dive Bar is a five-minute drive outside of downtown, and it lives up to its title. Conversations, couples and banter mix with country and rock music to make for a simple escape from day-to-day life. Owner Karen Geotz opened Dive Bar in December 2017 after The Tiger Club, which previously occupied the building, shut down. Geotz says she and her spouse, Jeff Nichols, worked together to buy the place and update the vibe, making it more inviting. “A dive doesn’t necessarily have to be dark and dingy,” Geotz says. “A dive is a place where you wanna go and you wanna hang out.” There are three patios and a sand volleyball pit outside, and inside there’s a pool table that employees push into a corner when live bands play on Saturday nights.
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