29. Frank's Cocktail Lounge
Neighborhood: Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Address: 660 Fulton St.
Fort Greene used to be the haven of black artists in Brooklyn. These days, that's not so much the case, and at this predominantly black dive, you'll find gentrification rubbing elbows with the neighborhood's older residents. No tension, though. No real cheap drinks, either. And no real grime. But there's plenty of sass from the bartenders and you can do karaoke to all the T.I. you want. Why you wanna go and drink anywhere else? Frank's is king.