The Best Dive Bars in Brooklyn

Denny’s Steak Pub
106 Beverly Road, Kensington
We have a friend who has lived a few blocks from Denny’s for years but never went in because the place scared her. This maybe makes sense because Denny’s is pretty foreboding and is just about the dive-iest bar we’ve ever entered. Two pieces of advice: do not order wine, and don’t ask for food. Despite its calling itself a “steak pub,” Denny’s hasn’t served food in over a decade. And if we have to tell you why you shouldn’t order wine, well, you don’t really belong in Denny’s in the first place. That said, we like this bar, if only because it’s a dying breed. Denny’s isn’t going to start a karaoke night like Shenanigans. It doesn’t have killer burgers like Rhythm & Booze. It isn’t situated right off Prospect Park and doesn’t have the history of Farrell’s. No, Denny’s is just a dark place to get a beer and shoot the shit. Places like this have been around for decades, but it certainly feels like they’ll be harder to find in decades to come.


  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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