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By V. S. Naipaul

Within the culture of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his personal in Among the Believers, A flip within the South, his first publication concerning the usa, is a revealing, aggravating, elegiac e-book concerning the American South—from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to Chapel Hill.

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Doobie’s has a larger-than-most-dives collection of always-rotating craft beers. One night might see a variety of Dock Street brew or Fuller’s. The chalkboard with the day’s menu specials and weekly beer lists is constantly being updated, and all of the suds here—craft or no—can be had for relatively cheap. David Bowie, Iggy Pop and the like will keep you company from a stellar jukebox. Compared to other center city dives, Doobie’s is a different animal. Unlike Oscar’s or Dirty Franks, Locust Bar or Bob & Barbara’s, chances aren’t great that you’ll make new, fast friends here.

Charlie’s son Paul runs the business now, and despite being a Philly native, is a die-hard Chiefs fan just like his pop. Hail to the Chief(s). Bonnie’s Capistrano 1503 S. 13th St. Phone: 215-462-7282 Dive Bar Rating The blizzard-like snow was bringing in people searching for a place to plop down for a drink and seek shelter. Some had grocery bags. Some just wanted to get out of the house to be around company for a cheap beer and a smoke. All wanted to complain about the lousy weather. A young, cute schoolteacher was worried about who might mosey in and catch her smoking.

For reasons unclear, the latter invokes the ire of some B&B bartenders, who run the gamut from overwhelmingly friendly to ice-cold nasty. On top of its dirt-cheap specials, Bob & Barbara’s has lots of extracurricular activities on various nights: you might catch a drag show, a drunken spelling bee, a theater troupe known as Dumpsta Playas, filthy standup comedy or one of the best freewheelin’ jazz shows in town, The Crowd Pleasers (RIP Nate Wiley). On weekends, B&B’s gets packed, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a seat at the bar.

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