Eddie C’s (address and info)
From the outside, Eddie C’s resembles Al Capone’s vault: a grey, impenetrable stone block. Inside you’ll find a slightly softer edge courtesy of the genial bartenders (Donna rules!), budget pitchers (under $9), and free snacks (mini pretzels, Cheez Doodles). The old guard hunkers down in Maverick Sq all day on Saturdays playing cards, eating tripe (a specialty), and keeping track of the races. Best dive bar feature: a cardboard sign in the window that reads “Eddie’s Italian Kitchen.”
Courtside (address and info)
Like moths to a flame, East Cantabrigians flutter to Courtside for its raw simplicity (i.e., sticky plastic tablecloths), toaster-oven pizzas, and the NFL Sunday Ticket. However, it’s the monstrously popular karaoke, Thursday through Saturday, that really packs ‘em in. The rowdy-crooner crowd is an amalgam of awkward twenty-somethings, costumed weirdos, and croaky voiced over-the-hill types. Order a bucket of Bud heavies, kick back in a booth made from duct tape, and enjoy the show.