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Typical of a dive bar, this little joint claims to be the oldest surviving local bar in Manhattan. Located on the Lower East Side, 169 Bar is quite famous among the locals. The hip ambiance along with a happening crowd make this bar a great place to hang out during weekends. Apart from the decent range of drinks, this place serves some awesome seafood as well. Oysters Rockefeller, Atlantic blue crab, jumbo shrimp cocktails and Louisana crawfish are some of the most amazing seafood dishes available here. Thy are also open for private events like bachelor or birthday parties. Call ahead for details.
Milano's Bar is as old as 1880 and is one of the last standing, old neighborhood bars in NYC. It is a great place to spend time and have drinks with friends or colleagues, after work. The ales and cocktails are quite easy on the wallet and the ambiance is very historic and quaint.
Located in Lower East Side Manhattan, this crazy dive bar is renowned in the neighborhood for its cheap drinks and hip ambiance. As you enter, the retro arcade games lining the walls will get you in competitive mode for an exciting game night. Nothing fancy, the Two-Bit's Retro Arcade is a quintessential neighborhood bar, that serves a decent range of alcohol and pub food. A perfect place to party on weekends, this bar is easy on the pocket too.
For over a century, this watering hole has seen its share of drinkers come and go despite the gentrification in the still gritty, yet ever more posh East Village. Around 1914, Ukrainian immigrant Sophie Polny opened the doors serving her community strong drinks. She kept the bar until 1986 when it first changed hands. Since then it has seen a couple of different owners, but it retained its name and image as one of the few remaining dive bars in New York. So if you are looking for a mixologist, go elsewhere, but if you are looking for nostalgia in a building that reminds you of how the East Village once was, then Sophie's is the spot.
Located in a windowless, subterranean space in Greenwich Village, Fat Cat provides its guests with a wide range of gaming entertainment options such as ping pong, foosball, chess, checkers, shuffleboard and billiards. This is easy-going place is cheap, gritty, smoky and packed with locals and students, which is exactly how an authentic billiard hall should be. If getting dressed up to play pool is more your style, you would probably be happier at the multitude of fancier pool halls in the city. Fat Cat also has the distinction of being named as New York's best pool hall by New York Magazine in 2013.
This is one of those bars you wish you lived a few apartments down from, although the 8a opening time might become a threat to your better nature. There is nothing impressive about the decor of this dark, usually mellow venue, but it is comfortable and has plenty of chairs. The beer is cheap at 55 Bar, and there is a small stage area in the front that hosts talented jazz, blues, folk and funk musicians. There is music every night of the week, and almost never a cover charge. Only Cash is accepted.
Follow the yellow brick road, or at least follow the yellow brick exterior wall to this landmark gay bar. It has been around for ages, having survived many turbulent times for the gay population of New York City. The mature, good-natured crowd seems content to relax and enjoy beer and pub food. The rustic decor includes sawdust on the floor and giant, wooden spools that serve as tables.
If you are looking for a little more than your average bar, then head to the Crocodile Lounge. A bit of a dive bar, the Crocodile Lounge provides patrons the chance to dive into the fun games in the back. As if that were not enough, the best part of the bar is that with every purchase of beer comes a free pizza! These delicious pies provide four fairly hearty slices at no cost. A great way to round out the night when heavy drinking begins to weigh on the stomach. The games include Skee-Ball and a game to test just how hard and fast you can punch. More than just a bar, time spent at the Crocodile Lounge is a fun night out.
Located in the East Village on Avenue B, B-Side is a cheap dive bar offering the essentials one wants from a proper dive bar experience: cheap drinks, dim lighting, a juke box of wonder, pool and scruffy yet fashionable patrons with attitude. The drinks are cheap (there's a $5 Pabst and whiskey shot deal), it’s dark, there are plenty of tunes, and there’s definitely some weirditude up in this joint. It’s somewhat hard to figure out if B-Side is the real deal or if it's trying too hard like some of its neighbors, but besides all that, you still might like it.
Themed around a trailer park and garnering acclaim for its upbeat and trendy persona, this bar is a colorful Hawaiian Tiki bar with general kitsch. The bright neon pigments that are splattered across the walls declare the cheerful ambiance that this place is famous for. As one steps through the fluorescent green doors, one is greeted by a tropical party atmosphere with freely flowing martini, chillis and hamburgers. With posters of pop stars gracing the walls and foot-tapping music belting out from the dozens of speakers, the mood is just right to create a fun-filled night.
The Levee has a very friendly and familiar vibe, the kind of bar where everyone knows your name! Inside you will find a free dart board, boardgames, pool table and a jukebox which churns out rock and heavy metal music. But you didn't come here to play games! Where is the booze? There is plenty of cheap beer during the happy hour. Also served is a lot of munchies: Frito pie, chilly dogs, cheese balls, etc. Best bar in Brooklyn? Find out for yourself!
The Charleston doesn't quite keep up with the advancing night scene of Brooklyn, but that is exactly what makes this retro dive extraordinaire a favorite hangout spot for the locals. There is nothing pretentious about this bar with good-old fashioned booths, extremely friendly bartenders and lively rock music playing downstairs. The staggering choice of drinks might make your head spin ranging from bottled beer, draft beer, whisky, tequila, cocktails, wines and ales. But once you settle in with your drink and mix in with the crowd, a great time is guaranteed. An added bonus is that you get a free personal sized pizza with every drink you order! Can't beat that bang for your buck.