These are the 10 BEST dive bars in the state of North Dakota!

That's a bold statement, but I just got done counting more than 1,000 votes from our listeners, readers, and fans, so I'm sticking to it.  This is actually a story a year and a half in the making.

As a big hunter and fisherman, I enjoy stopping into the local establishments and having a beer with the locals in small towns all across North Dakota.  This has taken me to some interesting-looking places.  I still remember the time when I stopped into Gunny's in Elgin and one of the patrons looked at me in my orange pheasant hunting vest and said to me, "This ain't no college bar."  Ouch, not a warm welcome from him but it wasn't long and locals were warming up to my friends and me.

Another time we grabbed a beer at the Cannonball Saloon in Regent after chasing some roosters, and some mom asked if I would take her daughter to prom.  Yes, this was a few years ago, but something I'll never forget being way out of high school.

Before I get to "The 10 Best Dive Bars in North Dakota", I wanted to give you some of the honorable mentions that didn't quite make the top 10.

Honorable Dive Bar mentions include: 

Shooters Bar-Willow City

The Downtowner Grill & Bar-Napolean

The Moose Lodge-Bismarck

Hanson's Bar-New Rockford

The Broken Oar-Mandan

Mo's Bunker Bar-Amidon

Red Light Bar-Max


5 Spot-Stanley

Sykeston Dam Bar-Sykeston

Tap In Tavern-Bismarck

The Capri-Minot

5 Spot-Carrington


Now, without further ado, The 10 Best Dive Bars In North Dakota! 

These Are The 10 Best Dive Bars In North Dakota

LOOK: Route 66’s quirkiest and most wonderful attractions state by state

Stacker compiled a list of 50 attractions--state by state--to see along the drive, drawing on information from historic sites, news stories, Roadside America, and the National Park Service. Keep reading to discover where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.

Gallery Credit: Kery Wiginton

LOOK: Here are the best lake towns to live in

Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.

Gallery Credit: Peter Richman

More From 96.5 The Walleye