19 Massachusetts Dive Bars To Check Out Right Now

19 Massachusetts Dive Bars To Check Out Right Now

Who doesn’t love a good dive bar? The floors might be sticky and the juke box is outdated but there’s something special about a drinking hole offering cheap beer and seats filled with regulars. Get off the beaten bar path and check out these Massachusetts dive bars — just remember to bring some cash. 

The Tam in Boston

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While it may look a bit obscure from the outside (and in the daytime), The Tam is a long-standing Irish dive bar in Boston’s Theater District. It’s even been mentioned on Buzzfeed as a “must visit” drinking establishment. 

Eddie C’s in East Boston

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Sports fans can rejoice at East Boston’s Eddie C’s thanks to the cheap drinks and ample television screens. 

Irish Village in Brighton

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If you’re looking for an inexpensive whiskey bar, head to Irish Village. PSA they’re offering to-go options including a toastie and a Guinness.

Sligo Pub in Somerville

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Serving ridiculously affordable drinks to locals for 75 years, Sligo Pub holds the oldest liquor license in Davis Square.

Silhouette Lounge in Allston

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Winner of Allston’s cheap drink award, patrons will probably lose track of time at the Silhouette Lounge. 

Croke Park Whitey’s in Southie


If the walls are covered in scribble, the drinks will trickle. 

Shannon Tavern in Southie

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One of few Massachusetts dive bars focusing on level tables. 

Biddy Early’s in Boston


Quaint, cozy, and enthusiastically decorated — just don’t expect the bathrooms to be pristine. 

Bukowski Tavern in Boston


Complete with a mug club (drink 170 beers in 180 days) and a kitchen open til midnight, we think the Bukowski Tavern would impress Charles. 

Ralph’s Rock Diner in Worcester 

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Come for the live music, stay for the grungy vibes. 

Murphy’s Law Bar in Southie

You might recognize Murphy’s Law from the movie Gone Baby Gone

Paddy’s Lunch in Cambridge


Originally opening in 1934, Paddy’s Lunch is the oldest family-owned pub in Cambridge. Interested in participating in their 5k charity run this September? 

Corner Cafe in Boston

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Situated in a neighborhood notorious for closing early, Corner Cafe is a great place to grab a night cap in the North End. 

JJ Foleys Bar & Grille in Boston

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Dim lighting, lots of wood, and conveniently located in Downtown Crossing — what more could you ask for? 

Beacon Hill Pub in Boston


With $1 wieners on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, and DJ’s on Fridays and Saturdays what are you waiting for? 

Durty Nelly’s in Boston 


Intimidated by dive bars? Head to “Boston’s friendliest bar” Durty Nelly’s.  

Tom English’s Cottage in Southie


This dive bar recently replaced their dart boards and re-felted the pool table. 

Seapoint Bar and Grill in Southie

Open since 1979, this family-owned (and family-friendly) watering hole has a reputation for great steak tips. 

Model Cafe in Allston


Punk rock vibes, hot dogs (ask for the chili), and grubby bathrooms round out Model’s. 

Allegedly reopening soon under new management: The Cantab Lounge