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The 31 Best Dive Bars in NYC

Grimy, lovable spaces with solid beers and cheap eats

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Lucy’s in Alphabet City
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Referring to dive bars as "best" or superior to others is somewhat tricky, since none of the places on this map are vying for the title — as doing so would render it not a dive. So here is a broad list of some of Eater's favorite dives around New York and what makes them special.

These 31 bars are downright grungy, somewhat lovable, and absolutely solid, where a beer under $5 is the norm and ordering food is not. Prepare for sticky floors, tagged bathrooms, and gallons of cheap booze. None of them look good with the lights on, but all are a fun time.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Punch Bowl

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5820 Broadway
The Bronx, NY 10463
(718) 884-7322

The location has been occupied by bars since New York City’s pre-Prohibition Era. It’s the kind of place to grab a seat and settle in for hours.

2. Glacken's Bar & Grill

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135 E 149th St
The Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 585-7082
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Glacken’s is nothing if not reliable: It has been pouring beer in the neighborhood since 1940 and hasn’t slowed down once in 80 years. Doesn’t hurt that it’s within walking distance of Yankee Stadium, too.

3. Dublin House

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225 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 874-9528
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This neighborhood hang on the Upper West Side hasn’t changed a ton since it originally opened in the 1930s. The drinks are well priced, the decor is simple, and a giant neon sign awaits outside. It’s also been a site for period shoots, like 1950s show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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4. Reif's Bar

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302 E 92nd St
New York, NY 10128
(212) 426-0519
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Reif’s is a neighborhood bar with a friendly staff, where patrons all seem to know each other. PBRs are always flowing, whether inside or on the bar’s outdoor patio.

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5. The Toolbox

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1742 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128
(212) 348-1288
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This super narrow, Upper East Side gay bar offers drink specials, neon lights, and a crowd thats convivial. It’s a true neighborhood haunt.

6. Iggy's

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1452 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 327-3043
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This Upper East side karaoke bar has all the trappings of a New York City dive: It’s cheap, loud, and regularly described by users on Yelp as “cramped.” In addition to everyday happy hour from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m., Iggy’s hosts weekly events where diners can bartend, hot dogs are free, or hospital employees get 25 percent off their total bill.

7. Paradise Alley

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4109 150th St
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 460-6941

Paradise Alley is ideal for those hunting for a comfortable, neighborhood spot to watch a game with friends and a bucket of beer.

8. Subway Inn

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1140 2nd Ave #8504
New York, NY 10065
(212) 758-0900
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Subway Inn first opened in 1937, back when it made sense to serve beer for less than six dollars. More than 80 years and one relocation later, this Upper East Side dive still sells beer for less than six dollars and remains remains one of the truest dive bars in America.

9. Rudy's Bar & Grill

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627 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036
(646) 707-0890
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This historic, no-frills dive opened in 1933 and has been serving stupid-cheap bottles and drafts ever since. Normally the move is not to eat at a dive bar, but exceptions are made in the name of free hot dogs.

10. Jimmy's Corner

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140 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 221-9510

This grimy, narrow bar in the heart of Times Square is full of character (walls are lined with dollar bills, sports memorabilia, and string lights). Beers are just $4 and always served cold.

11. Billymark's West

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332 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(347) 986-3866

Billymark’s blue exterior houses a Chelsea time machine (it opened in the ’50s). The offerings are strictly bottom-shelf liquors and bottled beers. There’s a $4 beer and shot special to boot. This is a dive in its pure form.

12. McKenna's Pub

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250 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-2889

Think of McKenna’s as a respite from the clubs and exclusive bars that otherwise swarm the Meatpacking/Chelsea area (it’s next-door to Up & Down). The 14th Street bar offers two-for-one drinks and the food is dirt cheap.

13. The Jar Bar

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4506 48th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(718) 784-9616
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Enjoy $6 jar-and-shot specials in the backyard, host a cookout at the reservable barbecue grill, and take home your favorite DVD from one of the vendors that frequent this Sunnyside dive. Beloved by locals, neighborhood watering hole the Jar Bar is open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with catered meals for both occasions.

14. Johnny's Bar

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90 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741-5279

Very tiny and very divey, Johnny’s in the West Village is a time-capsule bar, otherwise surrounded by an ever-changing neighborhood. Fights have been spotted here on more than one occasion.

15. Blue & Gold Tavern

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79 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-1006

With mostly friendly bartenders, Blue and Gold Tavern is an East Village veteran.

16. Doc Holliday's

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141 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 979-0312

The dive vibes here lean country, with Big Buck Hunter and pool for playing, cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling, and country blaring from the jukebox. Drinks remain reliably cheap.

Doc Holliday’s Photo via Joanna L./Yelp

17. Lucy's

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5105, 135 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 673-3824

Regulars of this Alphabet City institution know and love owner Ludwika “Lucy” Mickevicius, now 77 and there nightly. It’s open daily from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. — save for two weeks a year when Lucy visits Poland — with drink-of-choice PBR and other domestic beers. Two pool tables provide entertainment. Cash only.

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18. International Bar

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102 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-4595
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This is the third home for International Bar, which started on St. Mark’s Place in the ’70s and then had a stint down the street. Now it has settled into the former site of Coal Yard, where the crowd is local (the bartender offers a hint of attitude to strangers), there is a constant flow of New York characters, and drinks are amazingly cheap. Bonus points for the backyard.

19. Milano's Bar

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51 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8844

So very dark and narrow, this Nolita dive is one of New York’s oldest and truest. Still, Milano’s is mostly gross and the kind of place where you wouldn’t put your hands near your mouth, some say.

20. Sophie's

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507 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-5680

This East Village watering hole has survived the neighborhood’s changes and tougher times due to its unwavering charm. Inside you’ll find a tiny space with cheap beers, a single pool table, and a solid jukebox.

21. Turkey's Nest

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94 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 384-9774

Drink out of styrofoam cups at this dirty and sometimes sticky Williamsburg legend.

22. Nancy Whiskey Pub

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1 Lispenard St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 226-9943
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This 50-year-old Tribeca bar is beloved for its dumpy, no-frills vibe in one of New York’s priciest neighborhoods. The pours are generous, the prices are great, and there’s a shuffleboard table. No one is sober at Nancy.

23. Welcome to the Johnsons

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123 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 420-9911

The vibe at this LES staple is a 1970s basement laden with wood and plastic, but dirtier. It is uber cheap and dingy, yet still charming.

24. Bushwick Country Club

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618 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 388-2114
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The name is just about all that’s ironic about this Williamsburg bar. Its seedy interior is matched by a rundown outdoor space that offers miniature golf.

25. Jeremy's Ale House

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228 Front St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 964-3537
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This FiDi dive is one of the better places for cheap drinks and fried food in the neighborhood, period.

26. Montero Bar & Grill

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73 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-9799

This Cobble Hill bar is known for its nautical theme, but instead of being kitschy, Montero’s feels like traveling in time. The drinks are strong here.

27. The Alibi

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242 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 783-8519

For the locals that swarm Alibi in Fort Greene, the go-to move is often a bottle of Bud. There’s a pool table, arcade games, and an actually nice outdoor patio. Note: Alibi is cash-only.

28. Boat

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175 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 254-0607

For many, a visit to this Cobble Hill dive never disappoints. A now-broken jukebox leaves Pac-Man and people-watching as entertainment while sipping on wildly cheap drinks.

29. Tip Top Bar & Grill

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432 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Aside from being a literal dive bar (it’s on the basement level), this Bed-Stuy bar embodies every sense of the word: mind-blowingly dirty and wonderfully cheap. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

30. High Dive

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243 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-0401

Find a petite backyard space, a roomy bar, pinball machines, and unlimited free popcorn with a selection of seasonings at High Dive, a classic dive bar in Park Slope. The draft beer selection is also robust and starts at $4 a glass, and there are also classic cocktails — but nothing too fancy, and all falling under $10.

31. Homestretch Pub

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214 Kings Hwy
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 372-9719

Despite being advertised as a bar and grill on its awning, Homestretch Pub is only the former, with a limited menu of cheap beers and well drinks. This Gravesend dive boasts darts, popcorn ceilings, and, apparently, almost no desire to court new customers.

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1. The Punch Bowl

5820 Broadway, The Bronx, NY 10463

The location has been occupied by bars since New York City’s pre-Prohibition Era. It’s the kind of place to grab a seat and settle in for hours.

5820 Broadway
The Bronx, NY 10463

2. Glacken's Bar & Grill

135 E 149th St, The Bronx, NY 10451

Glacken’s is nothing if not reliable: It has been pouring beer in the neighborhood since 1940 and hasn’t slowed down once in 80 years. Doesn’t hurt that it’s within walking distance of Yankee Stadium, too.

135 E 149th St
The Bronx, NY 10451

3. Dublin House

225 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024
An inside photo of the Dublin House with bar stools and booth seating
The inside of Dublin House
Robert Sietsema/Eater

This neighborhood hang on the Upper West Side hasn’t changed a ton since it originally opened in the 1930s. The drinks are well priced, the decor is simple, and a giant neon sign awaits outside. It’s also been a site for period shoots, like 1950s show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

225 W 79th St
New York, NY 10024

4. Reif's Bar

302 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
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Reif’s is a neighborhood bar with a friendly staff, where patrons all seem to know each other. PBRs are always flowing, whether inside or on the bar’s outdoor patio.

302 E 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

5. The Toolbox

1742 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

This super narrow, Upper East Side gay bar offers drink specials, neon lights, and a crowd thats convivial. It’s a true neighborhood haunt.

1742 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10128

6. Iggy's

1452 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

This Upper East side karaoke bar has all the trappings of a New York City dive: It’s cheap, loud, and regularly described by users on Yelp as “cramped.” In addition to everyday happy hour from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m., Iggy’s hosts weekly events where diners can bartend, hot dogs are free, or hospital employees get 25 percent off their total bill.

1452 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10021

7. Paradise Alley

4109 150th St, Flushing, NY 11355

Paradise Alley is ideal for those hunting for a comfortable, neighborhood spot to watch a game with friends and a bucket of beer.

4109 150th St
Flushing, NY 11355

8. Subway Inn

1140 2nd Ave #8504, New York, NY 10065

Subway Inn first opened in 1937, back when it made sense to serve beer for less than six dollars. More than 80 years and one relocation later, this Upper East Side dive still sells beer for less than six dollars and remains remains one of the truest dive bars in America.

1140 2nd Ave #8504
New York, NY 10065

9. Rudy's Bar & Grill

627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This historic, no-frills dive opened in 1933 and has been serving stupid-cheap bottles and drafts ever since. Normally the move is not to eat at a dive bar, but exceptions are made in the name of free hot dogs.

627 9th Ave
New York, NY 10036

10. Jimmy's Corner

140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

This grimy, narrow bar in the heart of Times Square is full of character (walls are lined with dollar bills, sports memorabilia, and string lights). Beers are just $4 and always served cold.

140 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

11. Billymark's West

332 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Billymark’s blue exterior houses a Chelsea time machine (it opened in the ’50s). The offerings are strictly bottom-shelf liquors and bottled beers. There’s a $4 beer and shot special to boot. This is a dive in its pure form.

332 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001

12. McKenna's Pub

250 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

Think of McKenna’s as a respite from the clubs and exclusive bars that otherwise swarm the Meatpacking/Chelsea area (it’s next-door to Up & Down). The 14th Street bar offers two-for-one drinks and the food is dirt cheap.

250 W 14th St
New York, NY 10011

13. The Jar Bar

4506 48th Ave, Woodside, NY 11377

Enjoy $6 jar-and-shot specials in the backyard, host a cookout at the reservable barbecue grill, and take home your favorite DVD from one of the vendors that frequent this Sunnyside dive. Beloved by locals, neighborhood watering hole the Jar Bar is open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas, with catered meals for both occasions.

4506 48th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

14. Johnny's Bar

90 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Very tiny and very divey, Johnny’s in the West Village is a time-capsule bar, otherwise surrounded by an ever-changing neighborhood. Fights have been spotted here on more than one occasion.

90 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

15. Blue & Gold Tavern

79 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

With mostly friendly bartenders, Blue and Gold Tavern is an East Village veteran.

79 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

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16. Doc Holliday's

141 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Doc Holliday’s Photo via Joanna L./Yelp

The dive vibes here lean country, with Big Buck Hunter and pool for playing, cowboy boots hanging from the ceiling, and country blaring from the jukebox. Drinks remain reliably cheap.

141 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

17. Lucy's

5105, 135 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
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Regulars of this Alphabet City institution know and love owner Ludwika “Lucy” Mickevicius, now 77 and there nightly. It’s open daily from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. — save for two weeks a year when Lucy visits Poland — with drink-of-choice PBR and other domestic beers. Two pool tables provide entertainment. Cash only.

5105, 135 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

18. International Bar

102 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

This is the third home for International Bar, which started on St. Mark’s Place in the ’70s and then had a stint down the street. Now it has settled into the former site of Coal Yard, where the crowd is local (the bartender offers a hint of attitude to strangers), there is a constant flow of New York characters, and drinks are amazingly cheap. Bonus points for the backyard.

102 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009

19. Milano's Bar

51 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012

So very dark and narrow, this Nolita dive is one of New York’s oldest and truest. Still, Milano’s is mostly gross and the kind of place where you wouldn’t put your hands near your mouth, some say.

51 E Houston St
New York, NY 10012

20. Sophie's

507 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009

This East Village watering hole has survived the neighborhood’s changes and tougher times due to its unwavering charm. Inside you’ll find a tiny space with cheap beers, a single pool table, and a solid jukebox.

507 E 5th St
New York, NY 10009

21. Turkey's Nest

94 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Drink out of styrofoam cups at this dirty and sometimes sticky Williamsburg legend.

94 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

22. Nancy Whiskey Pub

1 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013

This 50-year-old Tribeca bar is beloved for its dumpy, no-frills vibe in one of New York’s priciest neighborhoods. The pours are generous, the prices are great, and there’s a shuffleboard table. No one is sober at Nancy.

1 Lispenard St
New York, NY 10013

23. Welcome to the Johnsons

123 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

The vibe at this LES staple is a 1970s basement laden with wood and plastic, but dirtier. It is uber cheap and dingy, yet still charming.

123 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

24. Bushwick Country Club

618 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

The name is just about all that’s ironic about this Williamsburg bar. Its seedy interior is matched by a rundown outdoor space that offers miniature golf.

618 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

25. Jeremy's Ale House

228 Front St, New York, NY 10038

This FiDi dive is one of the better places for cheap drinks and fried food in the neighborhood, period.

228 Front St
New York, NY 10038

26. Montero Bar & Grill

73 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

This Cobble Hill bar is known for its nautical theme, but instead of being kitschy, Montero’s feels like traveling in time. The drinks are strong here.

73 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

27. The Alibi

242 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

For the locals that swarm Alibi in Fort Greene, the go-to move is often a bottle of Bud. There’s a pool table, arcade games, and an actually nice outdoor patio. Note: Alibi is cash-only.

242 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

28. Boat

175 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

For many, a visit to this Cobble Hill dive never disappoints. A now-broken jukebox leaves Pac-Man and people-watching as entertainment while sipping on wildly cheap drinks.

175 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

29. Tip Top Bar & Grill

432 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Aside from being a literal dive bar (it’s on the basement level), this Bed-Stuy bar embodies every sense of the word: mind-blowingly dirty and wonderfully cheap. It’s closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

432 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

30. High Dive

243 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Find a petite backyard space, a roomy bar, pinball machines, and unlimited free popcorn with a selection of seasonings at High Dive, a classic dive bar in Park Slope. The draft beer selection is also robust and starts at $4 a glass, and there are also classic cocktails — but nothing too fancy, and all falling under $10.

243 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

31. Homestretch Pub

214 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Despite being advertised as a bar and grill on its awning, Homestretch Pub is only the former, with a limited menu of cheap beers and well drinks. This Gravesend dive boasts darts, popcorn ceilings, and, apparently, almost no desire to court new customers.

214 Kings Hwy
Brooklyn, NY 11223

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