Philthy Phil's, Newman's Lounge, Chez Nous, and Other Downtown Phoenix Dives We'll Miss

So long Philthy Phil's, you will be missed. In case you didn't read the news over on our sister blog Jackalope Ranch, the long-running dive bar closed its doors this week after eight years of operation. The place became more of a hipster haven in recent years, it's long served as one of our favorite spots to get blasted at bargain-basement prices.

Phil's was a cozy neighborhood bar prowled by an assortment of characters who were just as colorful as its murals depicting an array of funky blues artists. We'll likely long for the spot just as much as we've mourned such bygone bars as Newman's or Emerald Lounge. You see, while dive bars are becoming a particularly endangered species in the downtown area, back in the day there were plenty of down and dirty places to have a drink or perhaps a pickled egg or two.

We've decided to raise a toast to the ghosts of some of Phoenix long-dead dive bars and have assembled a list of some of the best spots that are now a part of legend.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.