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Having had a hand in literally building the city—immigrating to New York in waves since the dawn of the 19th century—Irish settlers have contributed a lot more to the Brooklyn way of life than just Jameson and Guinness. They’ve also created some of the most convivial establishments to drink them in. And while a lamentable majority of the borough’s most beloved public houses have vanished, a fair number remain, many dating back 80 years or...
There are very few actual "dive bars" left in most of Brooklyn—like, legitimately grimy taverns that you'd feel uncomfortable entering because of shady dealings and an aura of hostility. So we've taken to calling places that are actually kind of nice "dives" just because they're old, what might more accurately be called a "neighborhood bar," what a generation or two ago was just called a "bar": a place where locals congregate all nights of the...

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