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Dive opens in Rehoboth Beach

With new floor, dance club makes a splash on opening weekend
The new Dive dance club and bar on Rehoboth Avenue Extended is ready to welcome everyone to its revamped dance floor. Dive replaces the Double L bar with its famous - or infamous - Man Dance. BY MOLLY MACMILLAN
May 8, 2014

The new dance club Dive has opened in Rehoboth Beach, just six months after the Double L closed its doors at the same location.

"As the pun of the name suggests, we are a 'dive' bar, but a classy dive bar," said general manager Christian Randolph. "We hope to be the local hangout where people can come."

Sporting a fresh coat of blue paint, a clean new  appearance and a refinished dance floor, Dive opened in May and is now open daily at 3 p.m. There is no kitchen and no food is served.

Open at 3 p.m. daily, the new establishment has no kitchen and serves no food.

With a total of 10 male and female employees including bartenders, security and management, Randolph said, Dive hopes to attract a mixed crowd. "We are an everybody bar," he said. "It's a 'come as you are' bar."

Randolph was a bartender at the Double L , known for its Man Dance, and said the owners of Dive are a silent partnership that gave him creative freedom to re-make the club.

On opening night, bartender Kate Hill said Dive was going to make waves with the debut of disc jockey Wave and the Abyss dance party.

"It's been pretty busy, especially considering the time of year," Hill said "That's because we've got the best dance floor."

Opening night patrons were not entirely sure what to expect at the new bar, but  as patron and D.C. resident Brian Hess said, as the culture has become less segregated in recent years, Dive aims to be a mixed-crowd dance club.

"Different groups can definitely hang out together," Hess said. "But it would be cool if they had different music on different nights."

Randolph said he wants to reach out to local talent and have auditions to spin at the club, in addition to booking a variety of bigger acts including DJs and guitarists.

For more information about Dive, search 'Dive bar Rehoboth' on Facebook or call 302-212-2783.