Reviewed by Chris K.
"Seeing as it doesn't have all of the outward appearances and whacky crap on the walls that Saint Vitus and Duffs both do, it's not easy or immediately ..." more
206 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
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
Dive Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Far enough away from Williamsburg’s oversaturated bar scene to still claim some indie chic, Don Pedro is a no-frills bar that offers patrons budget-friendly bites and booze, and regular live entertainment that includes everything from bands and DJs to comedy shows. The fluorescent orange façade is difficult to miss amid ... more
90 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dive Bar / Live Music Venue
Party Earth Review If motorcycles parked out front and a huddled crowd of tattooed chain smokers are signs of a good rock bar, then The Trash Bar has fulfilled its mission. Once past the wrought-iron flames and black awning, patrons will find a thriving and oddly cozy dive – painted red and slathered head to toe in band stickers, Christmas ... more
256 Grand Street
New York, NY 11211
Dive Bar / Sports Bar
Party Earth Review New Orleans meets the Upper West Side at Bourbon St., where patrons channel a Mardi Gras mentality every night and aren’t afraid to leave behind their inhibitions…and maybe a brassiere or two. Calling this an authentic Big Easy joint is a stretch – aside from the token masks, beads, and over-the-shoulder boulder holders ... more
407 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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 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 A DIY joint to its core, 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. Bearded scene kids and punk rockers pass beneath the iron crown hanging over the otherwise unmarked door, stumbling ... more
286 Siegel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Dive Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Founded by the same people who created the downtown super-dive Welcome To The Johnsons, Sweet Paradise Lounge is another small and shadowy dive bar with a loyal following of rockers and artsy types. Embracing its former life as a candy store, the venue playfully offers patrons a great selection of movie-theater candy, so ... more
14 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Reviewed by Gor G.
"I'm sure a bunch of people would celebrate the Coal Yard Bar as the kind of gritty joint that exudes the charm of 1970s New York, back when everyone g ..." more
102 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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 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-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.