10 Best Dive Bars in New York, Readers' Edition

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When we recently shared our 10 Best Dive Bars, including classics like Sophie's and the Times Square hole Jimmy's Corner, we also asked readers to nominate their own choices, via hashtag #vvdivebars and comments. Dive bars are personal--every neighborhood has a great one, and every New Yorker has a favorite. Now it's your turn:

Alibi
Colorful Christmas lights give this Fort Greene subterranean bar a jolly feel all year round. But in the back of the house, graffitied walls, a well-loved pool table, and frequent bouts of arm-wrestling turn Alibi into a down-and-dirty drinker's dream. Order up a whiskey neat for just $4, and no one will bat an eyelash if you BYO dinner in a Chinese takeout box. 242 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

Connie O's
The only brews you'll find on tap at this Greenpoint bar are Coors and Bud, and most of the alcohol comes poured with mixers straight from grocery-store jugs. Everyone in this local crowd seems to know one another, and the bartender asks about kids, dogs, and grandparents over free Cheetos. Spending just a few hours here makes you feel like one of the gang, but there's another way to prove your commitment: Come Sunday, regulars put on their game faces for the weekly pool league. 158 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn

Ding Dong Lounge
A number of commenters pleaded with Fork in the Road to include this beloved Upper West Side joint, which hosts punk acts on the weekends. Toilet-paper rolls are slung on a thick metal chain in the bathroom. A single bare light hangs over a gnarly pool table, and after a few drinks, regulars gravitate toward the hula hoops hanging from a nail. In a neighborhood filled with polished pubs, the Ding Dong is as classic as it gets. 929 Columbus Avenue

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Lucy's

135 Ave. A, New York, NY

Category: Music

Connie O's

158 Norman Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Ding Dong Lounge

929 Columbus Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Milano's Bar

51 E. Houston St., New York, NY

Category: Music

179th Street Subway Bar

180-2 Hillside Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Levee

212 Berry St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Music

Welcome to the Johnsons'

123 Rivington St., New York, NY

Category: Music

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26 comments
Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

I never understood how bars did away with cheap & free munchies? It gets people drinking more beer.

Preston Thomas
Preston Thomas

Sorry, none of these hold up. Tourist supposed shanties.

Liz J Rosado
Liz J Rosado

missing there Rudy's Bar in 46th st & 9 ave and Subway Bar 59th St & Lexington

Rachel Callison
Rachel Callison

The Holiday Cocktail Lounge, which is now closed, was awesome. I'm not telling you what the best dive bar really is, but it's in Queens and all y'all hipsters aren't invited!

Ryan LaMere
Ryan LaMere

Of course "NYC" means only Manhattan and Brooklyn." Psssshh!

Staci Fenn Smith
Staci Fenn Smith

Ah the Blue and Gold!!! Love that place!! Also agree with another commenter about the Sly Fox!

Waikit Chu
Waikit Chu

rudys.. 43 and 9.. johnsons is pretty good. been there before

Pedro Morales
Pedro Morales

Does "Mondo Perso" still exist on Bleecker st. in the village.... now that place was fun!!!!

LucyFan
LucyFan

Lucy's is Amazing. Old bar, was cool when the area was still called Alphabet City and was still a little dangerous. The park across the street was often filled with homeless and other street people and drug abusers and plain old freaks. Really cool people in Lucy's. Entertainment people, musicians, artists, brokers, students a very eclectic mix. Two pool tables where sometimes very good players hang out. Still the cheapest beer around. I think about $4 for a Bud. Ten years ago about 15 of us stopped in after a company softball game and drank for over 2 hours and Lucy charged about $120. I thing they gave her like a $50 tip.   You have to check out the Airconditioner against the back wall. It still works, it's the size of two refrigerators and has to be over 50 or 60 years old. Matt Dillon and other young Actors and actresses used to visit Lucy and she has a picture of him on the wall. I met Matt at No Tell Motel on the next block North. Still a cool laid back place to chill and have a couple of cold drinks watch some TV and shoot some pool without all the HYPE. Viva Lucy's.  Lucy is cool and so is her son Marco - He used to sport his John Travolta white suit and white shoes in the 1990 and he knew he was cool.

CWH

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