A well-stocked jukebox. A no-nonsense bartender. An opus of graffiti on the bathroom walls. Their histories predate the word “mixology,” and the regulars post up at the bar, not on Instagram.
These are the qualities that elevate a spot to dive-bar status.

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The List

Here, our guide to the city’s oldest and best.

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Breakfast of Champions: Downtown Olly’s

Need an unpretentious local spot with a breakfast hearty enough to cure your hangover? Look no further than the bar where you started the night.