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1. Tandem 236 Troutman St, New York, NY 11237

What to expect varies, depending on what day you go. On the weekends, put your dancing shoes on. Mornings/afternoons feature a quality brunch. And on Wednesdays, stop by for a comedy show. And no matter when you go here, it's always a good time for a cold beer.

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2. Blue & Gold Tavern 79 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

This East Village dive bar is your typical hole in the ground. It has cheap booze, a quality juke, and a pool table for when the first two options aren't entertaining enough for you.

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3. Coal Yard 102 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

This East Village haunt isn't about frills. What is it about? Cheap drinks, attentive 'tenders, and a laid-back vibe (featuring a back patio for warm weather).

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4. B-Side 204 Ave B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Many rave about the sweeeeet juke box tunes B-Side always seems to be playing, but the real draw is their super-cheap drink specials such as their beer and shot combo.

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5. The Scratcher 209 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003 (East Village)

It might have a weird name, but this East Village watering hole has a classic chill vibe with live music on Sundays and quality drink specials just about every day of the week.

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6. Mama's Bar 34 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009 (East Village)

Mama's in the East Village is a dive bar in every sense of the word, except for the fact that they are serving up some of their own "house infusions" like bacon-infused bourbon. Just think of the possibilities...

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7. Manitoba's 99 Ave B, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

This comfortable neighborhood drinkery features great (and cheap) drink specials and the walls are adorned with legendary rock and roll photos ever taken, which will be greatly appreciated by the nostalgic rocker, no doubt.

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8. Bushwick Country Club 618 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

It’s not quite in Bushwick, and it’s definitely not a country club. This Williamsburg tavern has super-cheap drink specials and a huge backyard. Its off-kilter atmosphere is decked out with pinup art, red-velour airplane seats, a Jim Beam-and-Coke slushie machine, and an old-school photo booth. To its credit, Bushwick Country Club actually does have a mini golf course (and the windmill is made of PBR boxes). BCC’s greatest claim to fame is the pickleback shot, born and raised at this joint (and undoubtably the catalyst for many-a-time 3am make-outs in the photo booth).

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9. Iron Horse 32 Cliff St, New York, NY 10038 (Financial District)

You'd be hard-pressed to find a NYC joint with cheaper drinks than Iron Horse. Natty, PBR, and Rolling Rock all start at $2 and if you aren't into them, then maybe you'll enjoy their quality selection of bar grub.

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10. Crocodile Lounge 325 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 (Gramercy)

What could be better than free pizza with every drink? Cheap drinks in the first place! And CL has both!

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11. 169 Bar 169 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Drenched in colored light and decked out in palm trees,169 Bar may read a tad tacky, but that’s because it is. It’s earned that right after being around since 1916 (when its original name was the “Bloody Bucket”). Strip­tease dancers perform on a tiny platform alongside worn red booths as a fun­loving crowd guzzles cheap beer, frozen cocktails, and oyster Bloody Mary shooters (yes, they have a raw bar, but expect to be served on paper plates). A leopard­ print billiards table lives in the small back room, just don’t be shy about asking patrons to move for that winning shot.

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12. Rudy's Bar & Grill 627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036 (Hells Kitchen)

Rudy's Bar is one of the oldest dive bars in New York City history, and one of the first bars to get a liquor license when prohibition ended in 1933. It's got a pretty extensive list of draft and bottled beers for a dive (all at fantastically low prices), and free hot dogs with the purchase of any drink. The staff at Rudy's is always friendly and inviting, making it a favorite among tourists and locals alike.

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13. Botanica Bar 47 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012 (Nolita)

Boasting an absurdly cheap happy hour -- we highly recommend the Ginger Yum Yum -- this Nolita dive hub, in all of its dark and intimate glory, is largely filled with young professionals. Guests can either lounge on one of Botanica's many couches, or occupy the spacious backroom, all while enjoying the bar's occasional live music and its effortlessly dive-y atmosphere.

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14. Pork Slope 247 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This whiskey-centric bar in Park Slope serves classic all-American food like fried chicken sandwiches with iceburg lettuce and ranch, cheeseburgers on potato rolls, and baked mac & cheese. Inspired by the movie Road House, the space has a honky-tonk-meets-roadside diner vibe thanks to kitschy antiques collected by the bar's crew over the years. The kitchen closes at 2am daily, so it's great for any late-night greasy food cravings.

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15. Brooklyn Ice House 318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Red Hook)

Some 50 beers are served at this hoppin’ tavern with a dive feel on Van Brunt Street, outfitted with leather banquettes, distressed wood panelling, and chalkboard-walled bathrooms. The space’s previous incarnation as a BBQ restaurant lives on in the signature pulled pork sandwich, which amounts to a simple pile of smoky pork on a hamburger bun. Brooklyn Ice House's food menu features a list of non-BBQ favorites, too: bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed hot dogs and greasy cheeseburgers are served in plastic baskets with a side of fries, standard or sweet potato. Get a beer and bourbon combo and take it out to the backyard where a fire pit complements your warming shot.

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16. Johnny's Bar 90 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011 (West Village)

A colorful, lively tavern and taproom, Johnny's in the West Village is a neighborhood dive, through and through. No matter the day of the week, neighborhood barflies zip into this cozy counter space (the bar is roughly the size of a subway car) and knock a few back after hours. The collage-like aesthetic of the narrow, brick-walled interior space only adds to its friendly and intimate feel.

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17. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This spacious Williamsburg spot is almost always packed with a friendly, hip crowd. The name of the game here: tacos and tequila. A taco truck on the back patio serves delicious, cheap tacos, and gives the outdoor space a California vibe. The bartenders are quick and knowledgeable, and take care to create refreshing cocktails.

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18. Full Circle Bar 318 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

If you take cheap beer and Skee-ball seriously, Full Circle Bar is your spot. This Williamsburg hangout carries over 40 canned beers and boasts its own semi-competitive Skee-ball league called the Brewskee-ball. Assuming there's no tournament going down, you've got a shot at one of the bar's four set-ups, on which no game is complete without a beer in hand and a free hot dog for when you work up a true athlete's appetite.

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19. The Woods 48 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

After years of running a rickety taco truck out of its crowded back patio, The Woods in Williamsburg changed the game with a backyard bar that's slinging island-themed cocktails as well as eats from an actual kitchen operated by Landhaus (we suggest the Maple Bacon Stick, which is famous in its own right). Rotating DJs and live music round out the rest of the weekly night scene, and continuously pique the interest of the young Brooklynite scene.

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20. Clem's 264 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This super laid-back bar is the perfect spot for some Bloodys, some brews, and some dive-y memory making.

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21. Trophy Bar 351 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This cocktail bar has got some serious swag -- with beer-and-shot specials, back patio, and great suds options, nothing can be beat.

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22. The Levee 212 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Levee's a dive bar that's got you covered, from highly addictive cheeseballs, to cheap beer & shots, to awesome throwback tunes.