This Candle Collection Smells Like a Dive Bar

published Mar 25, 2021
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If it’s been over a year since you’ve visited your favorite local haunt for your beverage of choice with your nearest and dearest, it’s understandable if you’re missing the signature scent of too-close strangers, barstool leather, and even stale beer by now. Until it’s safe to saddle up to your favorite high-top stool and sit shoulder to shoulder with fellow patrons, Miller Lite is here with what might be the next best thing: candles that somehow capture those truly one-of-a-kind scents you’re missing from your favorite bar.

The brand knows people are feeling nostalgic for the signature, low-key sweaty scents from a night out with your pals, so they’ve announced their new Bar Smells candles, a collection of three scents inspired by your favorite watering hole.

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If your senses aren’t yet piqued, the descriptions of each scent might actually pleasantly surprise you. The Dive Bar candle mixes musk, tobacco, pine, and yeast to conjure “dim lights, a faint glass clinking and the sinus-clearing sensation of a puddle that somehow exists indoors,” per the Molson Coors Blog post announcing the collection.

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Beer Garden features green moss, warm pretzel, cracked wood, and sunburn (whatever that is) to “evoke a day spent outdoors as the scent of tropical sunscreens mixes with the staple garden eats that fill the air.”

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Game Day includes salted peanut, jalapeno, and cracked leather, mixing “top notes of the most ordered bar snacks on game day with the subtle power of comfortable cracked leather, the ideal backdrop to a freshly opened beer.”

All proceeds from each $20 candle support the United States Bartenders’ Guild, a national nonprofit organization that supports bartenders and other service industry professionals. Proceeds from Canadian orders will support the Canadian hospitality industry.

Unsurprisingly, the candles sold out quite quickly. “Our ‘Bar Smells’ candles sold out in just 24 hours,” said Carol Krienik, associate marketing manager for Miller Lite. “We’re excited that our drinkers will be able to bring a little bit of their favorite bar home with them, all while supporting the industry we love and miss.”