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25 Tried-and-True Dive Bars in NYC

Grimy, lovable spaces with well-worn seats and solid beers

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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 25 bars are downright grungy, somewhat lovable, and absolutely solid, where a beer under $6 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.

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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. 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.

4. 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.” There’s drink specials from 1 to 7 p.m. nearly every day of the week.

5. 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.

6. 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 now sells beer starting at six dollars, but still remains remains one of the truest dive bars in America.

7. 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 stunningly 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.

8. 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, and only recently reopened after owner and boxing world legend Jimmy Glenn passed away due to coronavirus complications in 2020. Beers start at less than $4 and are always served cold.

An exterior view of Jimmy’s Corner during the coronavirus pandemic on May 13, 2020.
Jimmy’s Corner in 2020.
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9. Billymark's West

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

Billymark’s brick-walled exterior houses a Chelsea time machine (it opened in the ’50s) that is open from 8 to 4 a.m. every day of the week. This is a dive in its pure form.

10. 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, and outside food is welcome at this Sunnyside dive. Beloved by locals, neighborhood watering hole the Jar Bar is open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

11. 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.

12. Julius

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159 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1928
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The Stonewall Inn gets all the attention when it comes to NYC’s most historic gay bars, but Julius is even older and less of a tourist destination. Well drinks and beers are under $10, which is just one reason this narrow bar is often packed. The underrated burger, cooked on grill top across the wooden bar, is also very popular after a drink or two.

13. 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.

14. Lucy's

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

This Alphabet City institution is open daily from about 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. with drink-of-choice PBR and other domestic beers. Two pool tables provide entertainment. Cash only.

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15. 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, there is a constant flow of New York characters, and cans of beer start at $3.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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. The affordable drinks add to the dingy charm.

19. Rocka Rolla

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486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rocka Rolla comes from the same people behind some of Brooklyn’s best dives, including Do Or Dive, Lucky Dog, Skinny Dennis, and others, but this Williamsburg watering hole is one of our favorites of the bunch. It’s located steps from the Birria-Landia taco truck, and brings together the best of dive bar conventions — classic rock, beer served in goblets, frozen coffee drinks — in a spacious setting with room to spread out.

20. 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 back in time. The drinks are strong here.

21. 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, which has been on best dive bar lists for years, has always been known for taking only cash, but Eater has not been able to confirm if that’s still the case.

22. 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 drinks won’t make it feel like rent week is here.

23. 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.

24. Brooklyn Ice House

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318 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-1865

Between the $6 beer and shot combos and $6 Frito pies, Brooklyn Ice House is a reliable stop any day of the week. Cash only.

25. 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. Reif's Bar

302 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

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

4. 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.” There’s drink specials from 1 to 7 p.m. nearly every day of the week.

1452 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10021

5. 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

6. 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 now sells beer starting at six dollars, but still remains remains one of the truest dive bars in America.

1140 2nd Ave #8504
New York, NY 10065

7. Rudy's Bar & Grill

627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

This historic, no-frills dive opened in 1933 and has been serving stunningly 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

8. Jimmy's Corner

140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
An exterior view of Jimmy’s Corner during the coronavirus pandemic on May 13, 2020.
Jimmy’s Corner in 2020.
Noam Galai/Getty Images

This grimy, narrow bar in the heart of Times Square is full of character, and only recently reopened after owner and boxing world legend Jimmy Glenn passed away due to coronavirus complications in 2020. Beers start at less than $4 and are always served cold.

140 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

9. Billymark's West

332 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Billymark’s brick-walled exterior houses a Chelsea time machine (it opened in the ’50s) that is open from 8 to 4 a.m. every day of the week. This is a dive in its pure form.

332 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001

10. The Jar Bar

4506 48th Ave, Woodside, NY 11377

Enjoy $6 jar-and-shot specials in the backyard, and outside food is welcome at this Sunnyside dive. Beloved by locals, neighborhood watering hole the Jar Bar is open on both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

4506 48th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

11. 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

12. Julius

159 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

The Stonewall Inn gets all the attention when it comes to NYC’s most historic gay bars, but Julius is even older and less of a tourist destination. Well drinks and beers are under $10, which is just one reason this narrow bar is often packed. The underrated burger, cooked on grill top across the wooden bar, is also very popular after a drink or two.

159 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014

13. 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

14. Lucy's

5105, 135 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Two green pool tables inside a bar.
Lucy’s.
Nick Solares/Eater NY

This Alphabet City institution is open daily from about 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. with drink-of-choice PBR and other domestic beers. Two pool tables provide entertainment. Cash only.

5105, 135 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

15. 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, there is a constant flow of New York characters, and cans of beer start at $3.

102 1st Ave
New York, NY 10009

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16. 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

17. 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

18. 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. The affordable drinks add to the dingy charm.

123 Rivington St
New York, NY 10002

19. Rocka Rolla

486 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rocka Rolla comes from the same people behind some of Brooklyn’s best dives, including Do Or Dive, Lucky Dog, Skinny Dennis, and others, but this Williamsburg watering hole is one of our favorites of the bunch. It’s located steps from the Birria-Landia taco truck, and brings together the best of dive bar conventions — classic rock, beer served in goblets, frozen coffee drinks — in a spacious setting with room to spread out.

486 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

20. 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 back in time. The drinks are strong here.

73 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

21. 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, which has been on best dive bar lists for years, has always been known for taking only cash, but Eater has not been able to confirm if that’s still the case.

242 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

22. 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 drinks won’t make it feel like rent week is here.

175 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

23. 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.

432 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

24. Brooklyn Ice House

318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Between the $6 beer and shot combos and $6 Frito pies, Brooklyn Ice House is a reliable stop any day of the week. Cash only.

318 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

25. 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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