Westside | Est. 2008
Rec Room is the quintessential dive bar: It has an owner who goes by “Boston,” it’s always dark, the music is loud, and there’s plenty of PBR flowing (it’s the No. 2 purveyor of Pabst Blue Ribbon in the country, after all). The bar hosts all kinds of events, like bar trivia, live music, corn hole tournaments, and bocce leagues, and Sunday brunch features NFL Sunday Ticket and plenty of Tater Tachos to go around.
Downtown | Est. 1997
You can spot AC’s on King St thanks to the line of college students that weaves its way through the cloud of smokers lighting up out front on a Saturday night. That line continues inside for drinks and at the bathroom, so be prepared to wait. The trade-off is that the kitchen stays open until 1:30am, so you can order a Death Burger (it packs the heat with banana and jalapeño peppers, plus an insanely fiery sauce) and loaded fries whenever the mood strikes.
Westside | Est. 2013
If you like the atmosphere of a dive bar, but you’re more of a cocktail person, Local 616 is your spot. The Westside bar serves up tasty craft cocktails and a whole section of the menu devoted to mules that’ll make you feel like you’re at a fancy club (but really you’re in a dark bar watching soccer on the big screen).