RE: TV producer looking for 'dives'
Established in 1854, McSorley's only began to admit women in 1970, after being sued to do so in 1969. So ditching the girl was only your showing respect for this venerable institution's past.
I became a regular patron (far too genteel a word for this place, actually) in early '71. The old-timers were NOT happy that I usually brought a girl, law or no law.
I know others have reminisced about McSorley's on ROADFOOD, so I won't here. But is it a dive? You bet.
I also nominate:
-The Hot Dog Ranch, in Pittsfield, MA. Down the block from Wahconah Park, a 100+ year-old minor league ballfield. It's dark, dank & proudly low-rent. Basically a crummy bar with really good hot dogs that I've described on ROADFOOD before, in a Berkshires thread.
- The Pink Elephant saloon in Monte Rio, CA. On the Russian River in Sonoma County, it's been there since the 1930's, I believe. In the early '70's, there was a large section of the floor that was simply missing- you could see the river below. They may have had food, I really don't know. If it still exists, I expect it has not changed much.