Best of Boston

Best Dive Bar

2017 Best Dive Bar

Croke Park Whitey’s

The bad news is that the nearly windowless room feels like the perfect setting for a bar brawl. The good news is that most nights, [...] read more»
2016 Best Dive Bar


This stark brick joint stands out in a neighborhood being rapidly overrun by coffee shops and concept restaurants. Step inside and catch the last half [...] read more»
2015 Best Dive Bar

The Cantab Lounge

Proper dive bars may be a dying breed, particularly in developing neighborhoods like Central Square, but amid all the ATMs, one redoubt of a bygone [...] read more»
2014 Best Dive Bar

The Eagle

Were it possible to manufacture the ideal dive bar, you'd first need to reverse-engineer a comfy, lived-in space complete with quirkly local characters, no-nonsense bartenders, [...] read more»
2013 Best Dive Bar

Biddy Early’s

Biddy Early's is the city's best dive every day of the year, a fact that was proven on Friday, April 19. That day, while police [...] read more»
2012 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

(IN MEMORIAM) This place was notorious for many reasons: dirty floors; a weird sign hanging from the ceiling advertising an "Oxycontin shot"; the fun-house women's [...] read more»
2011 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

There's something refreshing about TC's after a Sox game, if you think of its griminess as a filter that keeps the pink hats out and [...] read more»
2010 Best Dive Bar

Silhouette Cocktail Lounge

The recipe for a superlative dive bar is simple: cheap drinks, good music, and a feeling of belonging for every sad sap who saunters in. [...] read more»
2009 Best Dive Bar

Silhouette Cocktail Lounge

If you require more than two ingredients in your cocktail (ice and booze), the Silhouette is likely not for you. True to dive décor, the [...] read more»
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 [...] read more»
2007 Best Dive Bar

People’s Republik

An establishment must meet certain criteria before it can rightfully call itself a dive. It must be dark. It must be cheap. It must have [...] read more»
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 [...] read more»
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 [...] read more»
2001 Best Dive Bar

Chopping Block

Mission Hill
Neighborhood characters and bleary-eyed medical students meet beneath a permanent haze of smoke at this rough-at-edges Mission Hill haunt, where everyone seems to know everyone [...] read more»
2000 Best Dive Bar

The Abbey Lounge

"Cheap booze" and "rock 'n' roll," those twin sacraments of a great neighborhood bar, are in high evidence at this grungy yet lovable spot on [...] read more»