The Best Dive Bars in Brooklyn

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Rhythm n’ Booze
1674 Tenth Avenue, Windsor Terrace
If the qualifications for a dive bar are cheap (both in cost and quality) beer and liquor; a cast of regulars that’s clearly been around for years; and maybe—if you’re lucky—some halfway decent food coming from somewhere in the back (you don’t want to think too hard about where, exactly), then Rhythm & Booze is a dive bar and then some. The food is better than halfway decent (you’ve just gotta try the burger), the regulars sometimes seem out of central casting (there’s frequently an elderly man who will stay perched on his stool for hours at a time, drinking whiskey and reading the Bible), and the suds and spirits flow liberally. But just when you think R&B might be too nice to be called a dive bar, some guy with a thick neck in a Jets jersey gets into a screaming match with a guy with an even thicker neck (also in a Jets jersey), and you realize that the surrounding area of Windsor Terrace might have grown steadily fancier in the last decade, but R&B has pretty much stayed the same—just the way you like it.


  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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