Best of Boston

2003 Best Dive Bar

The Model Café

Generally speaking, a person’s favorite dive bar is the one closest to home. The Model is that rare specimen—a neighborhood bar that’s gained destination status for drinkers from all over the city. Everything inside this 75-year-old Allston joint screams classic dive: loud tunes, a pool table, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons on tap, $4 Bushmills on the rocks, a crowd that ranges from hip to drip, and urinals barely clean enough to, well, urinate in. Mediocre fare (this is a dive bar, after all) is served til 10.

7 North Beacon St., Allston, 617-254-9365,