Best of Boston

2008 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

Like any great dive bar, the insanely cluttered TC’s Lounge looks as though it might have grown into its space organically, like a mushroom filling a crack in a stone wall. The posters on the ceiling are so old they’re virtually indecipherable; the walls are plastered with hundreds of Polaroids depicting patrons—from pickled drunks to Berklee kids and business go-getters—in varying states of inebriation. Said patrons, by the way, aren’t entirely unfriendly, and tend to warm up fast amid the rising tide of cheap beer and shots.

1 Haviland St., Boston, 617-247-8109,