These Classic Dive Bars Are Pure Boston

The number of dive bars is quickly diminishing in the Boston area as old-school watering holes give way to chic restaurants and pubs.

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Known for their live shows almost every night of the week, PA’s Lounge in Somerville, Mass. is the place to go for some in-your-face punk music.
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Hidden Boston
The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. is an institution of the Central Square area. The Cantab is known for its legendary poetry slams on Wednesday nights as well as live music upstairs including funk, electronic, and bluegrass
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The Beantown Pub is a downtown Boston landmark known for its raucous sports crowd. It’s a hotspot for tourists and locals alike; you go for the beer and stay for the wings.
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One of the only dive bars in the North End of Boston, the Corner Café has a non-pretentious and relaxed vibe perfect for people looking to take a break from the typical high-end atmosphere of the area.
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Cronin’s Publik House is part of the heart of the “old-school” community in Quincy, Mass. Known for their Sing-o nights (a musical spin on the classic Bingo), this place is proud to be soop-ah Irish.
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The Dudley Chateau in Wayland, Mass. was originally built in the early 1920's as a private fishing lodge, then turned into a prohibition-era speak easy. It’s remained a hotspot for beer drinkers since. Known as “The Chat,” this place is known for its Angus Steak Burgers and tight-knit community vibe.
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Eddie C’s in East Boston can get lively with disco nights and pancake brunches on the weekends. Cheap beer and Italian music on the jukebox also make this place a good time.
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Known for the darts, the pinball, and its “Big Buck Hunter” arcade game, JJ Foley’s Fireside Tavern in Jamaica Plain, Boston is no frills fun. They don’t serve food but you’re allowed to bring your own as long as you ask.
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You may think chicken wings are something simply done, but they are not. Master McGrath’s in Hyde Park, Boston, does wings spot on. Delicious bites, live music, and great prices make this dive truly stand out.
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This dark funky bar is right off the beaten path of the Mass. Ave strip in Central Square, Cambridge. With a varied selection of craft beers, the People’s Republik is a unique hole-in-the-wall experience.
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Pete’s Grille in Quincy, Mass. is known for its local live music scene. Every Thursday they have a free open mic blues jam.
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Don’t judge this book by its cover. Shamrock Pub in Norwood, Mass. is well-lit compared to most dive bars and is known for Irish pub food such as beef stew, fish n’ chips, and quahogs.
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Tom English Bar, in the heart of Dorchester, Boston is full of old-school locals. Beers start at $3.00, so you won’t break the bank.
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The community that frequents Virgilio’s Echo Bridge in Newton, Mass. is working-class and enjoys the bar’s flat-crust pizza at reasonable prices.
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