Best of Boston

2002 Best Dive Bar

Cambridgeport Saloon

When Jim Morrison wrote “People Are Strange,” he might well have had this downbeat Cambridge dive in mind. Where else within five miles could you find drunks, punks, Massholes, and skinheads, all coexisting in a safe haven for extreme lifestyles? Even without its legendary roster of dubious incidents—the past shooting, the drug arrests, the liquor license suspension—most nights, this place is still just plain fun. Pay $1.75 for a Pabst, and a ticket to the circus is gratis.

300 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge,