You want cheap drinks, great conversations, and absolutely no pretense. Welcome to Brooklyn, where the people keep life interesting and the dive bars never disappoint. Good bars come in all shapes and sizes, but great bars all aspire to one thing: giving the people what they truly want. These bars are known for their deals, their atmosphere, and their little idiosyncrasies that keep the locals loyal and everyone else wishing they had the good grace to call Brooklyn home.
Located in Park Slope (5th Ave and Carroll St), High Dive is a standout favorite among Brooklynites. Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour or a promising last call, High Dive is sure to please with great beers on tap and spirits that move you. You can also count on the music to do its part to brighten your day, which shouldn’t come as a surprise with such friendly and cool bartenders at the helm. And did I mention the free popcorn with your choice of assorted spices? It really is the little things that make High Dive so great.
You can find this charming hole in the wall in South Slope (5th Ave between 17th St & 18th St). Like High Dive, South offers free popcorn with its limited but always reliable beers on tap. If you’re in the mood for food with slightly more substance, you can’t go wrong with fantastic grilled cheese options. Once you’ve ordered your drink, take a seat at one of the comfortable booths. But, if you’re looking to make friends, just plop down at the bar, where local friends of the establishment are guaranteed to brighten your day. But beware, you’re likely to lose track of time (and your drink count) when the good times start rolling.
New York City is known for many things, and you can find two of them in spades at Alligator Lounge. Whether its a weekday or the weekend, you can count on this bar to deliver late nights and pizza (free with every drink purchase). Nestled in the always popular neighborhood of Williamsburg (on Metropolitan Ave, right off of Lorimer St), Alligator Lounge is the perfect spot for groups looking to unwind. If after a few drinks you feel like channeling David Bowie, head to the back room for a little karaoke, where the crowd is always exuberant. And if one upping fellow bar crooners isn’t enough, try your hand at billiards or the fan favorite arcade games in the back. You can’t go wrong here, so give it a go.
Turkey’s Nest Tavern
Sometimes the weather is too wonderful to stay inside. If you find yourself in Williamsburg on a particularly sunny day, Turkey’s Nest Tavern has you covered. This place is known for its friendly neighborhood vibe, but when a bar’s front yard is the always exciting McCarren Park, it has to let customers run free. If you end up on the corner of Bedford Ave and N 12 St, poke your head in for a to go beer or margarita in a 32oz styrofoam cup and enjoy the rad rays. Of course, if you show up in the evening, you’ll be sure to find a motley crew of old timers and PYTs rubbing shoulders in this always charming and affordable dive bar.