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Best Dive Bar

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New York’s great dive bars are a dying breed, but we still have places like Big Bar, an old watering hole that’s smaller than your studio apartment and outfitted with just a few booths and a handful of stools. The drinks are good and stiff, the lighting (a dim red) makes you look cool and feel comfortable, and the conversation is always excellent — each bartender’s interests vary widely, so that you might find yourself talking about just about anything. Music is eclectic; the speakers play Godard, Tom Waits, and De la Soul. And you’ll find the obligatory dive-bar regulars, who post up when the place opens at 5 p.m. each day, and don’t leave until last call.

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