These aren't places where you'll quietly sip a $16 cocktail in some booth in the corner, nor places that are a complete drunken mess (for the most part), but rather bars where you can actually expect to mix it up with other humans and have an all-around good time.
You don't need to own the dog, but you should say that you do. Up front there’s a long bar, and in the back you’ll find darts, skee ball, and pool.
When you’ve put in your drunk-food order of four plates of fried chicken and are looking for a place to sit and eat it, you’re going to have some stiff competition.
Here’s the power play: find someone else who’s doing the same thing, divide and conquer, and when one of you wins, both of you wins.
Stop by for cheap drinks and a conversation that will cost you very little but might pay dividends.