Dive Bar

Editor's Choice
The Matchbox

We've got a rigorous list of dive-bar criteria, and the Matchbox checks off all the boxes and more: cheap, stiff drinks; a dark, gritty, no-pretenses vibe; and a cast of regulars who shout out phrases such as, "Hey, Drew, I need more Jame-o; it's been one of those days." Better yet, the joint doesn't smell like stale beer and sweaty, late nights, and the bathrooms are, well, usable—which is more than we can say about many of the city's other watering holes.

Reader's Choice
Candlelight Tavern

We dig Candlelight for its gritty shuffleboard table, $3 PBR-can special, and omnipresent TVs tuned to the game.