People throw the name “dive bar” around a lot, usually at places that are actually just neighborhood bars. That’s all fine and dandy, but Alley Cat is closer to a dive bar than nearly any you’ve been to in the city, especially the back bar. The fact that you literally walk through an alleyway to get there makes it seem that much more dive-y. It’s perfect for a beer and a shot and maybe some pool and picking some tunes on the jukebox. But if you care about good cocktails, ask Corey; he’s in the top tier of bartenders in the city.
2nd: Sinking Ship
3rd: The Red Key Tavern