Neighborhood: East Vilage
Address: 102 1st Ave.
The "dive bar" is often talked about, or sought out, yet frequently inauthentic. For all still pining the loss of Mars Bar, here's the real thing. The second you pass through the basic black door, Jello Biafra might be screaming at you from the jukebox ("It's the suede/denim secret police/They have come for your uncool niece!") and the bartender is pouring some brown for prices that even a starving freelancer could afford...a lot of. The back deck is still swarming with skulking smokers and the interior contains nothing to distract you from what you're there forâ€” a damned good time. -Jonathan Lees