We’re in the middle of a craft beer Renaissance. This, for the most part, is a good thing, because it means more diversity on the taps and, in general, better tasting beer for the masses. However, a small section of people have suffered from the revolution — lovers of simple, down and dirty beer. For the people who don’t care about a zingy IPA with notes of orange or a rich, spicy saison, here are five anti-craft beer spots.
1. Proud Mary’s.This dive is still chugging along after more than 20 years of serving the people from all walks of life that seek refuge in its well-worn doors. Don’t expect a long list of beers with nuanced flavors and finishes here. Proud Mary’s proudly promotes its two best sellers: Bud and Bud Light. And at $2 a draft, what more you wish for. Located at 3209 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. Find Proud Mary’s on Facebook.
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2. Pic-a-Lilli Pub. Along with some of the best wings in South Jersey, and possibly the world, Pic-a-Lilli Pub keeps things simple when it comes to its beer list. Though they do have Shock Top on tap, hipster beer haters will be pleased to know that it’s balanced out by a healthy selection of Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite and Yuengling. Located at 231 S. Tennessee Ave., Atlantic City. Go to PicALilliAC.com.
3. Sam’s Rialto Grill. OK, Sam’s Rialto does have an IPA from Cape May Brewing Co. on tap, but it’s surrounded by a who’s who of down-home beers: Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light and Sierra Nevada. Blue Moon and Sam Adams Seasonal Ale can also be found at Sam’s, both of which sit comfortably on the line between classic and trendy. 18 S. Main St., Pleasantville. Go to EatSams.com.
4. Martorano’s. Martorano’s in Harrah’s Resort isn’t the type of place you’d expect to find down home beers, as it’s less — well — divey than some of the other bars on our list. That said, it doesn’t turn up its nose at an old-school beer. Miller Lite, Coors Light, Amstel Light, Corona, Heineken, Yuengling (“The Oldest Brewery in America,” mind you) and Peironi, an old-world, light Italian lager, can be found at Martorano’s. Located at 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City. Go to Caesars.com/Harrahs.
5. Tony’s Baltimore Grill. With about 90 years of foot traffic in and out of Tony’s Baltimore Grill, it’s definitely earned its spot among local A.C. favorites — as well as a few scuffed floors and broken glasses. At such an institution as this, you would be out of place sipping anything that came out of a microbrewery. Instead grab a glass of Heineken, Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Amstel Light or Beck’s Light. Located at 2800 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Go to TonysBaltimoreGrill.com.