Boston’s Best Dive Bars – Eater Boston

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The Silhouette is one of Allston’s great dives.
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There are few things more crucial in this world than the neighborhood dive. Everyone deserves an unpretentious space with bartenders who call themselves bartenders (and not something that sounds like an advanced degree was necessary to secure the gig) and who sling $3 beers and strong drinks that won’t cut into rent budgets. Drinkers aren’t always looking to sip on a finely crafted Sazerac — sometimes a ‘Gansett will do just fine.

Boston has lost quite a few of its best dive bars in recent years, but some of those have returned under new ownership and others are still going strong. Here are 14 of the best dive bars to check out in and near Boston.

See also: Greater Boston’s best Irish pubs and sports bars

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. Note that as of January 15, 2022, restaurants in the city of Boston are required to check for proof of vaccination for customers dining indoors; Brookline has a similar mandate, but Brookline’s also covers outdoor dining.

This map was originally published on November 29, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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