Dive Bars in East New York


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  • Pete's Candy Store
    Inhabiting a former sweet shop, Pete's Candy Store unveils a whimsical seasonal menu of eclectic cocktails and gourmet sandwiches amid free nightly live music and other bustling bar activities. On Sundays, revelers can gobble up a roasted turkey, cheddar, and spicy aioli sandwich ($8) during open-mic (5 p.m.–8 p.m.), and then enjoy the indie-folk sounds of The Go Round (8:30 p.m. in March) while trying to keep the Dragonfly Punch cocktail ($10) from winging around the heads of other bar patrons. On any day of the week, an artichoke heart, brie, and onion-relish ciabatta sandwich ($8) pairs well with a Bleeding Heart cocktail, made with Akvavit, Cherry Heering, and lyrics from Celine Dion ballads ($10).
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    709 Lorimer St
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Alligator Lounge
    Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Brooklyn's Alligator Lounge offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes. Put the diet on pause when you visit Alligator Lounge — there are no low-fat menu items. For your viewing pleasure, Alligator Lounge also stocks TVs in the bar area. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Alligator Lounge has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this pizzeria. Weekend visitors to the pizzeria are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays. Street parking is provided for those dining at the pizzeria's Metropolitan Ave location. If public transportation is preferable, ditch the car and board nearby stops at Lorimer St. (L), Metropolitan Ave. (G), and Graham Ave. (L). Prices are downright affordable at Alligator Lounge, with most items well under the $15 mark.
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    600 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Mad Donkey
    A testament to the lasting union of food and drink, The Mad Donkey sates appetites with an eclectic menu of munchables and a smorgasbord of brews to match. Dive into a flock of their Monster wings, which, like parade floats and large-print nursery rhymes, are pleasantly over-sized ($8.95). Next, tackle one of their 10 signature sandwiches ($5.95–$13.95) or a customizable burger, a half-pound patty ($10) that arrives with your choice of two toppings ($1 for each additional topping). Bold bar-goers may brave the one-of-a-kind Donkey Mess, a layer of fries bedecked with a 6-ounce cheeseburger, topped with mash potatoes, squashed with a 1/4-pound chili dog, seasoned with the adventurous spirit of Davey Crockett, and garnished with a chicken finger and onion rings ($18). Wash down demonstratively massive meals with their signature Fishbowls, 64 ounces of three different rums, juices, soda, and swedish fish ($20). The bar also offers a rotating selection of beers on draft, recently featuring the Beer Advocate-approved Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Ommegang Hennepin ($6 each) to quench hop-happy thirsts.
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    3207 36th Ave
    Astoria, NY US
  • Welcome to the Johnsons
    Munch on tasty pub grub at Welcome to the Johnsons. Plan to indulge a bit at Welcome to the Johnsons, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Complement you meal with a beer or wine from Welcome to the Johnsons delightful drink menu. Take advantage of great beer and tasty bites when you stop by for happy hour. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy. Welcome to the Johnsons can fill to capacity on Fridays and Saturdays, and with their no-reservation policy, you may need to wait a bit for your table. Wear what you like when you dine at Welcome to the Johnsons — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. Welcome to the Johnsons patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Rivington St location. Need a break from the road? Public transportation is also convenient, with popular stops at Delancey St. (F), Essex St. (J, M, Z), and 2 Ave. (F). Thrifty eaters will also love Welcome to the Johnsons' prices, which are generally below $15.
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    123 Rivington St
    New York, NY US
  • 4th Down
    Down the Hatch supplies a sports fan's subterranean sanctuary with burgers, wings, and more. The Atomic Wings promise an Oppenheimer-approved assault on gastronomic Geiger counters—get the six-wing combo with fries or onion rings ($7.99) or brave a bucket of 50 burning wings ($34.99). Wing sauce flavors range from "mild" and "hot" to "suicidal" and "bite me." Burgerwise, Down the Hatch slings bun-bookended bites in beef, turkey, or veggie variations ($8.25, with fries, onion rings, or tater tots), and competitive eaters can keep stomachs stretched for Fourth of July festivities with a classic hot dog ($2). Numerous starters are available, including sweet-corn fritters ($4.99) and jalapeño poppers ($6.99), but as a bonus for Groupon buyers, Down the Hatch is including a free combination basket of its famous wafer fries and onion rings with this deal ($5.99 value).
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    170 N 4th St
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Bar None
    Enjoy a large array of finger food at Bar None, a local pub. The menu doesn't include any low-fat items, so set aside some extra calories for your visit. Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Bar None has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. If you have a large group out celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, Bar None is a great pick for large parties with its spacious layout. Get down with a live DJ while dining and have some fun on the restaurant dance floor. Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location. It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Keep it casual at Bar None — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Bar None patrons can find street parking at the 3rd Ave location. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at 3 Ave. (L), 14 St. - Union Sq (4, 5, 6, 6X), and Union Sq - 14 St. (L). Menu items at Bar None tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
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    98 3rd Ave
    New York, NY US
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