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
Party Earth Review Opened by the owners of Park Slope staple High Dive, Commonwealth is a laid-back bar made for those who want to kick back and drink without any of the BS. A wide and welcoming space, the bar features tongue-in-cheek humor in the form of shelves piled high with tiki masks, old toys, and bathrooms labeled “Some” and “Others ... more
497 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Party Earth Review Adventurous souls in search of the ultimate dive bar need look no further than the Holland Cocktail Lounge, the preferred location for dedicated dive hunters in search of the down-and-dirtiest watering hole in New York. This venerable beer joint consists of the barest essentials – namely, a long bar inside a narrow space ... more
532 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
Dive Bar / Pub
Reviewed by Lauren A.
"Nancy Whiskey in Tribeca is certainly the epitome of a dive bar. If you’re looking for a down to earth spot with truly “real” people and seriously che ..." more
1 Lispenard Street
New York, NY 10013
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Reviewed by Mike C.
"The Ding Dong Lounge is the most seriously chaotic, gloriously filthy dive bar in north Manhattan. Technically on the upper west side, it's located in ..." more
929 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025
Dive Bar / Gay Bar
Party Earth Review A high-energy gay hotspot with a devil-may-care attitude, Eastern Bloc is a rollicking neighborhood joint that attracts a wild, fun-loving party crowd. Though exposed pipes, touches of red and black, and a few propaganda posters give a token nod to the bar’s name, the communist theme is undermined by the amusing and inexplicable ... more
505 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009
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 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
Dive Bar / Historic Bar
Party Earth Review In the heart of Williamsburg’s ongoing transformation (de-evolution?) from grungy to chic, The Charleston remains proudly on the grungy side. Old chandeliers cast a dim glow over this rough-around-the-edges dive, creating soft shadows that hide the nicks in the ratty tables and checkered floor that have probably been there ... more
174 Bedford Avenue
New York, NY 11211
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 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
Dive Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Located in an area swimming in fanciful drinking options, 200 Orchard is a chill neighborhood dive that caters to relaxed cocktailers, mellow sports fans, and an unpretentious dance crowd. Weeknights find artsy hipsters and aging musicians posted up in the barn-like front room, sipping one of the several craft beers on ... more
200 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
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.