These 14 Boston Watering Holes Are True Dive Bars

Dive bars in Boston are becoming a rare breed. But those still operating often have a unique charm, as well as affordable drinks and a down-to-earth vibe.

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The Dot Tavern in Dorchester, Boston has got everything a classic dive should: cheap beer, pool, and plenty of thick Boston accents.
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Sligo Pub in Somerville, Mass. is a remnant of a bygone era for Davis Square, and that’s a good thing. They have the cheapest beers you’ll find in the area.
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B.K’s Pub in Roslindale, Boston is a friendly tight-knit neighborhood bar if you’re ever in Roslindale.
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The Pub in Somerville, Mass. is a popular hangout for Tufts University students. They have foosball too, which is always a plus.
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The Bus Stop in Allston, Boston is known for their great wings and big spaces to shoot some pool.
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Dublin House in Dorchester, Boston has stiff drinks and great food for dine-in or to-go.
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JJ Brannelly’s in Roslindale, Boston has got a great thick clam chowder, good burgers, and good size screens for watching a game.
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Model Cafe in Allston, Boston is known for their DJ nights on Friday and Saturdays, but get there before 10 p.m. or you may have to wait in line.
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Murphy’s Law in South Boston is known for their singalongs, top shelf liquor, and old school darts. A diverse crowd of all ages tend to frequent this spot.
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Peggy O’ Neils in Dorchester, Boston has good music, a dance space, and is one of the few dives open until 2 a.m. any day of the week.
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Shannon Tavern in South Boston is known for great service and an array of games for patrons.
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Silhouette Lounge in Allston, Boston is known for their free popcorn, cheap pitchers, and a good-size dart room.
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Touchie’s Shamrock Pub in South Boston is known for some of the best pub food around. Open for over 40 years, they must be doing something right.
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