If you don’t like free food, you’re either too proud, or you’re a liar. Pairing drinks with complimentary eats is a time honored tradition at some of the homier bars in the suburbs and beyond -- local spots where gregarious regulars will roll out crockpots of nondescript dips fit for Ritz crackers, enjoyed predominantly by other regulars. But here in the City, most bars are strictly transactional: we give them money; they give us drinks; repeat.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, or snack, or whatever, but there are some choice spots around the city where you can soak up your drinks with food, compliments of the house. The double bonus is that most of the bars that are treating their customers to these snacks are already dives or otherwise low-cost endeavors. If you could get a beer and a shot for $5 and also skip a Seamless order? That’s living the high life, folks.
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