There’s no doubt that New York City is one of the best cities for dive bars in the whole world. And, even better, the East Village is one of the best neighborhoods within the city to find a divey watering hole where you can saddle up and enjoy a good beer or cocktail. If you’re spending an evening in the East Village and you’re looking for a casual bar with a great vibe and awesome music, you should go to one of the following legendary spots.
Fish Bar is one of New York’s most classic dive bars. Located on E 5th Street, Fish Bar has been open for years– but without any real signs, it flies under the radar as a chill place to eat and relax. The bar is sea-themed, so expect to find ocean-related knick-knacks throughout. There are tables and a curved bar to sit at, and it has a generally super casual and relaxed vibe. If you’re looking for a dive bar that accepts everyone and feels easy to be in, this is your spot.
• 237 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10003
McSorley’s Old Ale House
McSorley’s Old Ale House is a New York Institution, and it’s also one of America’s oldest bars. The bar has been open since 1854 and it only started letting women in 1970. There are only two things served at McSorley’s – light beer and dark, and it’s cash only. But, the experience of going to McSorley’s is a New York rite of passage, and it’s one of the most spirited and fun places in the whole neighborhood.
• 15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003
Located on Avenue A, the Library is a beloved dive bar that is known for having an awesome jukebox. The Library is a hodgepodge; there are silly movies projected onto the back wall and there are books everywhere. However, what the Library is known for is pouring stiff, cold drinks– and a great happy hour, with affordable drinks to unwind after a long work day, or to get your night started right.
• 7 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009
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