It's tough giving an award to a dive, because the point of dives is to shun recognition. Nonetheless, the honor must go to a fine establishment that will keep your wallet intact. Our decision: the Charleston on Bedford Avenue. Right above the L, this drinking hole has stood the test of time since 1933. With a cocktail-wielding cockroach on its awning, the former metal bar offers $5 beer/shot specials like the Low-Life, which is a Miller High Life paired with a warm shot of whiskey. That should help you wash down the surprisingly better-than-mediocre $1 pizza that is cooked up in the back. The pizza might sound familiar to attendees of the Crocodile Lounge on East 14th Street and the Alligator Lounge on Metropolitan Avenue; well, that's no coincidence: They're all run by the same owners. Except the Charleston has something those other places do not: Skee-Ball. 174 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-9599 (11211)

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174 Bedford Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11211


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