3. Tender Trap
Neighborhood: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Address: 245 South 1st St.
What the hell is a classy dive, and how did it come to describe one of Williamsburg's best new bars? No matter—you'll forget the paradoxical language when you slip into the Tender Trap (sans cover, of course) for $3 Genesee and a live DJ (there's one every night). You might be skeptical about the DJ, but if we told you the emphasis was on vinyl, and that the folks behind the decks tend to embrace soul and rap, would you feel differently? We bet you would after a pint-glass cocktail or two. Dancing in a sweaty drunk jumble, that's what Williamsburg is for, ideally.