Reviewed by Chris K.
"Owned by the same people who brought you King's County, the Minor Arcana is not your typical hole-in-the-wall dive. To begin with, there's the name, w ..." more
706 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Party Earth Review Since opening in 1933, Rudy’s Bar & Grill has embodied the perennial Hell’s Kitchen dive: a place where old men go to turn their livers to paste amid the persistent odor of free hot dogs. The grizzled farts are still there, as are the heaping plates of weenies, but the dominant patrons at this time-honored dump are young ... more
627 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Party Earth Review The term “watering hole” has special significance when it comes to The Anchored Inn, a dive that drips with more nautical paraphernalia than the average sea-faring vessel. Model ships, paintings of giant squid, mermaids, and even a full-body vintage diving suit suspended from the high ceiling make up much of the décor ... more
57 Waterbury Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dive Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Obviously taking its name from its cramped digs, The Skinny is a long and narrow neighborhood bar that attracts one of the quirkiest crowds in town. From sporty young professionals and downtown artists to fashion editors and aspiring musicians, patrons flock in to get wasted on strong, cheap drinks and specialty cocktails ... more
174 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Party Earth Review With its wooden DIY sign, ripped and sticker-caked awning, pebbled exterior, and a vibe that attracts drinkers who prefer to swig right out of the can, Welcome To The Johnsons gives new meaning to the term “unpretentious.” This reliable downtown dive owes its hipness to the authenticity of its 70s suburban rumpus room d ... more
123 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review Not just another Lower East Side dive bar, Mercury Lounge is the place to be to see some of the best up-and-coming and underground talent in indie rock, and has hosted the likes of Arcade Fire, The Strokes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Music fans who make it past the huge bouncer and the ticket girl will find themselves in ... more
217 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Party Earth Review In a neighborhood known for its microbrews and themed DJ nights, Rosemary’s Greenpoint Tavern brings the old school back to Williamsburg and welcomes a diverse clientele of everyone from salty older regulars to local young professionals. Once past the clusters of chain smokers out front, dive hunters and serious drinkers ... more
188 Bedford Avenue
New York, NY 11211
Party Earth Review Nestled behind an unimposing storefront is the International Bar, a deliciously divey neighborhood hangout that brings a reliable mix of old-school booziness and crunchy art-teacher weirdness to the East Village. Exposed brick walls adorned with paintings by local artists, kitschy Halloween decorations, and Christmas lights ... more
120-1/2 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
Party Earth Review Located in the historic building where Thomas Paine wrote “The Crisis Papers” during the Revolutionary War, Marie’s Crisis Café is a mellow hetero-friendly gay piano bar that attracts a mix of entertainment and musical types and patrons who just like to get buzzed and sing show tunes. A dark cellar at the bottom of some ... more
59 Grove Street
New York, NY 10014
Party Earth Review Despite its dubious name, divey rock bar and tapas joint No Fun really does promise a fun time for folks who like their small plates with a helping of rocker attitude. The name actually comes from an old Stooges song, an inspiration made obvious by the framed photo of Iggy Pop that glares down menacingly from over the ... more
161 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Party Earth Review Comic book nerds looking to tank up on cheap booze will be hard-pressed to find a better drinking den than Gotham City Lounge, a tiny dive dressed in so much indiscriminate superhero kitsch it’d make the average ten-year-old’s head explode. Walls blanketed in Captain America’s shield, Wolverine’s claw, and an original ... more
1293 Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Dive bar-lovers have uncovered a veritable Shangri-la when it comes to the Big Apple, because man-oh-man there is a lifetime of New York dive bars to disappear into. You’d think a town this pricey would be lacking in budget-friendly hole-in-the-walls, but nothing could be further from the truth!
That said, your best bet for the highest concentration of proud hell holes is to head over to Brooklyn – and especially Bushwick – where wonderfully dingy DIY spots always seem to flourish.
A DIY joint to its core, Bushwick’s Kings County is the perfect after-work watering hole for the everyday hipster, as well as a great spot to enjoy multiple Happy Hours, catch an art show, and even watch a little burlesque. The Anchored Inn nearby is a dive that drips with more nautical paraphernalia than the average sea-faring vessel, and also serves up great Mexican-inspired grub like “borracho” beans and bacon-wrapped hot dogs to go with its cheap booze.
Back in New York proper, East Village has no shortage of great NYC dive bars either. Heathers is aa great dive bar in New York, charmingly dingy and as quirky as the movie it’s named after, while Rudy’s Bar & Grill has embodied the perennial Hell’s Kitchen dive since first opening in 1933.
All over this great cosmopolitan city, among all the art and culture and class, dive bars in NYC remind everyone to step back a bit and get a little down and dirty.