Gaslight Lounge (San Luis Obispo, CA)

Mercifully far from the bro-bars of downtown, the Gaslight has only knee padding (and a nice mural behind the bar inspired by the 17-mile drive in Pebble Beach). It had to be mentioned here because their single pour of well scotch outdoes what most bars call a double.

Sadly closed since our visit.

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Merrimaker (Los Osos, CA)

This is the bar pictured in the Wikipedia entry about dive bars. It’s a friendly place and truly not that divey, although there’s a tiny back room where smokers congregate, if that sort of thing horrifies you.

Worthy of mention here though there’s only knee padding, nothing to soften the rail.

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Sorry about the quality on this second photo — it’s a crop from a shot sneaked in through the side door.

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