Friday, July 5, 2013

CNN Names Earnestine & Hazel's one of 9 Classic "Dive Bars"

Posted By on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

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CNN thinks Memphis' Earnestine & Hazel's is one of America's best dive bars. And while most of us who live in the Bluff City can probably imagine sets of criteria that might place the ambiance-laden joint somewhat lower in the rankings even on a list of Memphis dives, it's still a well-deserved honor.

The most interesting thing about this development, however, is the comment thread that seems to suggest that no bars on the list can be "real dive bars," by virtue of being included on the list. (How Heisenbergian!)

Although the days have long past since one might contract syphilis from the ice cubes (to borrow an image from John Kennedy Toole), perhaps some denizens of the South Main tavern can chime in, and assure CNN's viewers/readers that, for everything else it may or may not be, E&H is, without a doubt, a dive that reeks of heavenly burgers, and, though less literally, vintage copulation.

UPDATE: E&H is getting a lot of love this week. Thrillist.com just named the Soul Burger one of the nation's best. Hat tip to WPTY/WLMT's Cameron Harper (@NewsCam on your Twitter machine) for sharing.

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