A great dive bar means a mix of cheap beer, dedicated locals, and lots and lots of random stuff on the walls. A dive bar can range from a comfortable, but basic neighborhood bar to the darkest dwelling you’d find in the underbelly of the city.
Here is a list of the best dive bars in New York
161 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Built in an old garage, duckduck has the kind of ironic tackiness one would expect in the hipster infested neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. With a wide range of drinks, prices, and specials, duckduck has something for everyone. They have their daily regular crowd, which means you can always find a familiar face.
242 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205
The Alibi is like that one house that just refuses to mow the lawn on the block with perfectly mowed lawns. It is the downstairs dive that refuses to upgrade with the neighborhood. But with cheap and strong drinks, I don’t think anyone is really complaining.
Ding Dong Lounge
929 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025
This bar is full of a random mix of students, activists and backpackers, and you will probably be subjected to some pretty awful poetry readings and stand-up comedy, but this bar makes the best whiskey sours in the city. Visit at your own risk.
140 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
There is nothing like a bar with a little history behind it. Boxing legend Jimmy Glenn is the owner and jukebox runner of this dive bar with his wife and son behind the bar serving up drinks. Some of the final scenes of Raging Bull were filmed there. You should go just for that!
135 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Who is Lucy you might ask? Lucy is the Polish-born cutie patootie behind the bar. She is the very definition of a babushka and if you don’t want to go just to see her, I would have to say your heart is just two sizes too small.
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Pete’s has one of my favorite things of all time; trivia night. But it also has one of my least favorite things of all time; country music. You win some, you lose some. Check out this local dive for good drinks and some fun.
1213 Boardwalk W, Brooklyn, NY 11224
When old school New Yorkers think of Coney Island, they think rickety-carnival-rides and sideshow freaks. Of course that is all something of the past, but Ruby’s is the boardwalks famed bar and grill with nearly 40 years of business. The wooden bar is made out of vintage wood from Coney Island’s boardwalk and photographs from the amusement park’s days of yesteryear line the walls. Although the bar is a little pricy to be considered a dive, it is right off the beach, which makes it all worthwhile.
What do you think is the best dive bar in New York City?