7. Blue & Gold Tavern
Neighborhood: East Village, Manhattan
Address: 79 East 7th St.
Sweet baby Jesus, it's cheap. Classically, that's a key component of recognizing a dive (though it's not always the case in NY). But at Blue & Gold it is. Your well drink will cost less than $5. And you will want a well drink. Or at least you'll want something not from a tap (again, this is another hallmark of a good dive). Maybe the bartenders can be gruff. But, as is the case with many dives, you have to earn your spot. Walking in and ordering a pitcher of Magic Hat and then tapping your foot when things don't quite speed along is just one way to show you don't deserve this.