Distinct from the local pub or neighborhood joint, the dive is an icon of American drinking culture. Inexpensive, unpretentious, and with a grimy charm that evinces history, there’s a divey bastion faithfully serving a thirsty populace in nearly every town and locality from sea to shining sea.
In Brooklyn, there’s a sublime dive in nearly every neighborhood. If you’re looking to meet the locals, learn the area history, or pick up the best gossip on the block, the dive is where the unvarnished truth lives. And if you’re looking for a port in a storm where you can camp out till dawn, only a dive will do.
While there are tons of fabulous low-key bars in Brooklyn, what you’ll find here are the greatest dive bars as they fit a simple criteria: dim lighting, a dollop of weirdness, a staff of local heroes, at least one string of Xmas lights, and no more than a single $ on the cost scale.