WHERE: 120 1/2 1st Ave (between St. Marks and 7th Street)

Co-Signed by: Orlando Lima, Managing Editor

(@limachips)

DRINK OF CHOICE: Maker's Mark on the rocks with a Miller High Life back

Anyone who considers himself a proper New Yorker should have a dregs-of-humanity bar at the ready. This grimy sometimey spot is dark and cheap, and the local barflies are good for color but they won't steal your backpack if you leave it unattended. There's a backyard for smokers and an excellent pizza spot (South Brooklyn Pizza) next door—also for smokers. If you start here for happy hour, you're kicking the night off right. If you're still there for last call then perhaps it's time to get thee to an AA meeting.