The neighborhood bar is the new frontier of bartending.
I wrote about the divide between dive bar and craft cocktails in last Sunday's Chronicle and how many dive bars suddenly find themselves in prime real estate. Their locations and liquor licenses worth more than their profits, they're being bought up to become new bars at an alarming speed. The dive bar is a place you can go and be yourself, have some cheap beers and shots, and not be judged regardless of who you are or what time of day it is. It is true democracy in action.