South End | Est. 1960s
Delux is like that stubborn homeowner who refuses to sell to the big, bad developer. Even as things all around it change, the South End dive remains unapologetically itself. Accented by Christmas lights, vinyl, and other kitsch, the narrow bar caters most to longtimers who yearn for a place to hide out rather than be seen -- and, in fact, the current owners were longtime customers before buying the spot a few years back, saving it from certain destruction. While Delux is indeed ground zero for cheap ‘Gansetts, folks forget there’s also a tiny kitchen in the back that turns out a damn fine burger and roasted half-chicken.