New York City is a paradise for beer aficionados and savvy travelers alike. From the iconic Jimmy's Corner in Times Square to the lively atmosphere of Lucky 13 in Gowanus, there are plenty of dive bars to explore in the Big Apple. Whether you're looking for a place to grab a cheap beer or a unique atmosphere to enjoy a cocktail, these dive bars have something for everyone. One of the few truly great bars in Times Square is Jimmy's Corner.
Established in 1971, this no-frills spot is run by Jimmy and his wife Swannie and is a museum of Jimmy's career as a boxing coach. The walls are adorned with photos, gloves, and other memorabilia from his time as a boxer. The bar is known for its clean drinks and charismatic atmosphere, making it a perfect spot to grab a beer or two.
Spring Lounge, also known as Shark Bar, is another no-frills spot located in Chichi Nolita.
Open at 8am six days a week (10am on Sundays), this dive bar offers outdoor dining, sidewalk seating, and an array of drinks including beer, shots, rosé wine, sparkling white wine, and seasonal specialties.
Lucky 13is Gowanus' best metal bar in almost a decade. With its always-crowded space and recently added sidewalk seating, this popular venue fills up quickly so be sure to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the live music, dancing, and festive atmosphere.
Billy-Marks Eastis located on the corner of 29th and Novena in Chelsea.
This dive bar has an unappealing exterior but offers cheaper drinks than what you'll find several blocks away. Inside you'll find games on the television screens and a pool table for those looking for some entertainment.
Kettle of Fishhas been operating on 92nd Street since 1942 and is famous for its regulars Kerouac and Ginsburg of the Beat Generation as well as its musicians from the 1960s. This dive bar has been moved from its original MacDougal Street space to Christopher Street but still attracts a mixed crowd of gay men and Greenbay Packers fans.
Lucy's Bar overlooks Thompson Square Park and is often home to a democratic mix of East Village locals and young people looking for a break from the neighborhood's hipster dives. The walls are full of photos and the bar offers sweet and savory service along with beer, whiskey, and other drinks.
Milano's Barhas been around since 1880 and has seen its fair share of change over the years. This dive bar has tile floors that have suffered from years of wear and tear but still offers cheap drinks for those looking for an old-school experience.
Reif's Bar on the Upper East Side has been around since 1942 and offers games on its television screens as well as a pool table. The cozy backyard full of grills gives this dive bar an inviting atmosphere that makes it stand out from other bars in the area.