Jay Graves is one of the guys behind BarDiver.com which launched today. Ironically enough, I met him at BarCamp last weekend. BarDiver is a user-driven site listing bars, as you might have guessed. Jay told me that right now BarDiver is a growing side project, and that they’re really just “fans of the dive bar.”
I played around on the site a bit today, checking out some Denver bars such as the Larimer Lounge and Sloans. There are two sharp contrasts to Happy Hour Boulder (covered recently). First, content on BarDiver is user generated. Second, Happy Hour Boulder is more focused on happy hour specifically while BarDiver aims to tag bars with user generated attributes such as “beautiful staff” and “geeks who drink.” As of this minute BarDiver has only about 40 bars listed in Denver.
I always tell people to start businesses that center on their passions, solve real problems, and have some reasonable way to make money other than becoming a top 100 site and selling ads. For side projects that you’re not dedicating your life to, one out of three isn’t bad, and I can prove it. So, you go Jay.