10 Best Dive Bars in New York, Readers' Edition

10 Best Dive Bars in New York, Readers' Edition
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When we recently shared our 10 Best Dive Bars, including classics like Sophie's and the Times Square hole Jimmy's Corner, we also asked readers to nominate their own choices, via hashtag #vvdivebars and comments. Dive bars are personal--every neighborhood has a great one, and every New Yorker has a favorite. Now it's your turn:

Alibi Colorful Christmas lights give this Fort Greene subterranean bar a jolly feel all year round. But in the back of the house, graffitied walls, a well-loved pool table, and frequent bouts of arm-wrestling turn Alibi into a down-and-dirty drinker's dream. Order up a whiskey neat for just $4, and no one will bat an eyelash if you BYO dinner in a Chinese takeout box. 242 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

Connie O's The only brews you'll find on tap at this Greenpoint bar are Coors and Bud, and most of the alcohol comes poured with mixers straight from grocery-store jugs. Everyone in this local crowd seems to know one another, and the bartender asks about kids, dogs, and grandparents over free Cheetos. Spending just a few hours here makes you feel like one of the gang, but there's another way to prove your commitment: Come Sunday, regulars put on their game faces for the weekly pool league. 158 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn

Ding Dong Lounge A number of commenters pleaded with Fork in the Road to include this beloved Upper West Side joint, which hosts punk acts on the weekends. Toilet-paper rolls are slung on a thick metal chain in the bathroom. A single bare light hangs over a gnarly pool table, and after a few drinks, regulars gravitate toward the hula hoops hanging from a nail. In a neighborhood filled with polished pubs, the Ding Dong is as classic as it gets. 929 Columbus Avenue

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