The Best Dive Bars in Brooklyn

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Farrell’s Bar and Grill
215 Prospect Park West, Windsor Terrace
Who says there’s no drinking outdoors? Outside Farrell’s, there’s always a small crowd swigging Bud from huge styrofoam cups, puffing on Marlboro Reds or the occasional cigar. Of course, these guys probably have little fear of being ticketed—if they’re not cops, they’re probably firefighters, or at least have a cousin on the force. Farrell’s is, for good reason, often cited as one of the last bastions of old-school, blue collar Brooklyn. The bar didn’t allow women until the 1970s (Shirley Maclaine was famously the first unchaperoned woman served), and it’s still pretty dominated by men today. But that doesn’t mean women aren’t welcome, or that people who wander across the street from the craft beer-oriented Double Windsor won’t be welcome. Get a Bud. Get it in a styrofoam cup. Start a conversation with the guy to the left or the right of you about the Mets or the Rangers (never talk politics…just don’t do it) and you’ll soon find out that old-school, blue collar Brooklyn isn’t so bad. And, hey, this might be the perfect spot to find someone who will help you get your next ticket for public drinking dismissed.


  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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