31. Gotham City Lounge

Neighborhood: Bushwick, Brooklyn
Address: 1293 Myrtle Ave.
Website: myspace.com/gclny

To speak broadly, the theme at dive bars is usually "sadness." But this Bushwick dive said, "Fuck that; our theme shall be superheroes." And so it was. Owned by schoolteacher Ray Torrellas, Gotham City Lounge is busting at its dilapidated seams with comic book and other nerdcore memorabilia. Superman and Batman emerge frozen from the 3-D mural outside the bar. Rather than exploding through the walls to the outside, you'll want to be freezing your ass to a bar stool; you're not likely to find a better deal than Gotham's $3 PBR and whiskey shot value meal.