What defines a “dive bar” (like Smiley’s shown here)? We
asked you, we asked the experts, we racked our brains for
descriptors and quickly embraced the notion that some
stereotypes are based in truth — and that dive bars are no
exception. Here are our findings in the form of eight reader-
favorite Marin watering holes from south to north, ending
with a West Marin bar that is one of the oldest in the state.