Best Dive Bar in Boston

2015 Best Dive Bar

The Cantab Lounge

Cambridge

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 era holds fast. While other…Read More

2014 Best Dive Bar

The Eagle

Boston

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, a pool table, and cheap,…Read More

2013 Best Dive Bar

Biddy Early’s

Boston

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 hunted the remaining marathon bomber,…Read More

2012 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

Boston

(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 room (don’t ask); and the…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 room (don’t ask); and the…Read More

2011 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

Boston

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 lets the real fans in….Read More

2010 Best Dive Bar

Silhouette Cocktail Lounge

Allston

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. The Silhouette Lounge delivers all…Read More

2009 Best Dive Bar

Silhouette Cocktail Lounge

Allston

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 walls are cheaply paneled and…Read More

2008 Best Dive Bar

TC’s Lounge

Boston

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…Read More

2007 Best Dive Bar

People’s Republik

Cambridge

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 spartan decor. Most critically, it…Read More

2003 Best Dive Bar

The Model Café

Allston

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…Read More

2002 Best Dive Bar

Cambridgeport Saloon

Cambridge

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…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 else’s name. On one recent…Read More

2000 Best Dive Bar

The Abbey Lounge

Somerville

“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 the Cambridge/Somerville border. Tattoos abound…Read More

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