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Last week we asked for your favorite dive (among the nominees: El Chapultepec, Lancer Lounge, Squire, PS Lounge, BarBar, Berkeley, Charlie Brown's Lion's Lair). Now it's time to prove your devotion: Write a love letter/tribute to your favorite dive bar, professing sincere fidelity to its wood paneling and nicotine-stained ceiling tiles; its five-plays-for-a-buck jukebox and pain-med-dispensing vending machine; its stiff pours and loose staff that inspire you to vomit into your own hands every time you visit. This time, with feeling. Send your essay -- which can be between 50 and 500 words-- to drunk@westword.com by 11:59 p.m. October 23.

The best essay -- as chosen by a cadre of dive-bar lovers -- will be published in our November 5 issue; the runners-up will be invited to read their work at the official release party celebrating Drunk of the Week columnist Drew Bixby's new book, Denver's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Mile-High City. Top three submissions also snag a free copy of the book.

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