The Best Dive Bars in Brooklyn

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Irene’s Place
623 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint
One of two Polish-owned bars in Greenpoint that serve up homemade jello shots out of Rubbermaid bins, Irene’s is more bare bones than its sister bar, Capri Social Club. (Both places, however, have made a place for Lou Bega’s album on their jukeboxes, which is something to consider.) It’s also a bigger departure from the surrounding businesses on Manhattan Avenue—Tørst this ain’t. No, the beer selection here is as sparse as it is cheap—Brooklyn Lager, Yuengling, and Bud are pretty much it—but if you manage to stake out a table or a seat at the bar, this is the kind of place that invites posting up for the whole night, whiling away the hours and watching old locals dance with chairs (more common than you’d think) to the Polish disco selection that dominates the jukebox. It’s also just right as a place to pop in and not be bothered while you kill time before your plans for the evening (or psych yourself up for a date). There are a lot of bars we love in Greenpoint, but none of them are quite like Irene’s.


  1. “There are very few actual ‘dive bars’ left in most of Brooklyn”

    “Most” might be a bit of a stretch. I’m sure there are bars in Canarsie, Flatbush, Bensonhurst, Brownsville, Marine Park, and they aren’t fancy places either.

  2. I didn’t see a fairly new bar called American Cheez (which they are listed on Yelp as a dive bar) on your list. Is the age of a bar required to be considered a “dive bar”? American Cheez is far from being fancy. I think your reporter should check it out. 🙂 I love the place. To me it’s a great neighborhood bar when you can even run into some of the same people and the bartender buys back which is very rare these days.

  3. nope. wrong. they are all terrible, but especially the Soccer, the Haven, the Pigeon, RnB, Shenanigans, and Denny’s. Really, really terrible. Stay away.

    obvious joke is obvious, but really. don’t come.

  4. Love the list of Bars, but you left a few off of your list. Bullseye Sports Pub in Marine park.
    Every Sunday they have free hot food for their patrons, every major holiday is celebrated with a huge party, thirteen tvs and a jumbo screen for any game you’d like, they play host to the Gotham dart leagues, soft ball teams and even sponsor children’s sports teams.
    Every couple of months the Bar hosts a NYHC music lineup for it’s musical patrons, every Christmas a comedy show with well known comedians is put on for free as a gift to the patrons of the Bar. Toys for tots drives, charity drives for individuals and for entire community’s are done whenever they are needed.
    I know that you’ve done your research on the bars that are featured, and that they are all great in their own way. Next time just take a look at a couple more.


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