New York City is a paradise for beer aficionados and savvy travelers alike. From the renowned Jimmy's Corner to the vibrant Lucky 13, there are plenty of dive bars to explore in the Big Apple. Whether you're looking for a cheap drink, a lively atmosphere, or a taste of history, these dive bars have something for everyone. Jimmy's Corner is one of the few truly great bars in Times Square.
Established in 1971, this no-fuss spot is colloquially known as Shark Bar and offers a variety of drinks, including beer, shots, rosé wine, sparkling white wine, and seasonal specialties. Outdoor dining is allowed and sidewalk seats now expand the wood-clad space. Lucky 13 is Gowanus' best metal bar in almost a decade. The venue fills up quickly, so be sure to arrive early and stay late to hear live music, dancing, and the livelier surroundings of Sackett Street.
Billy-Marks East is located on the corner of 29th and Novena in Chelsea. The interior isn't pretty, but the drinks are cheaper than what you'll find several blocks away and it feels pleasantly devoid of corporate oversight. Jimmy's Corner is located just a couple of blocks from Times Square and conserves the air of an unknown time capsule from pre-Giuliani New York. Run by Jimmy and his wife Swannie, this bar is a museum of Jimmy's career as a boxing coach with photos, gloves, and plenty of regulars who come here looking for a seat in another era.
Kettle of Fish has been operating on 92nd Street since 1942 and is famous for its regulars Kerouac and Ginsburg of the Beat Generation as well as for the musicians of the 1960s who regularly adorned its stools. While the bar was moved from its original MacDougal Street space to Christopher Street, it 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 who wander there to take a break from the neighborhood's hipster dives. The walls are full of photos and the upper part of the bar is beveled with the wear and tear of thousands of glasses that slide across its surface.
Milano's Bar has endured over 150 years of unsteady feet. The bar is proud that Houston spends the years as if it had all the time in the world. Don't even think about ordering a cocktail here! Johnny's Bar has an old school vibe that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time with its worn-out leather booths and vintage decor. This West Village bar is more of a neighborhood bar than a dive bar but it has enough time under its belt to qualify as an authentic New York City venue.
The Glacken's Bar & Grill has been a highly regarded venue for decades nestled in the hustle and bustle of Broadway. Unofficial membership guarantees entry to New York's wild party nights such as New Year's Eve and Halloween.