Horseshoe Bar, pragmatically nicknamed "7B" by the locals, has provided the backdrop for grizzled and grungy dive-bar scenes in Goodfellas, Serpico, and The Godfather Part II. It plays this role perfectly. The jukebox is partial to Danzig, multiple decades-old stickers tattoo every reachable surface, and the bar is stocked beyond stocked, with dozens of vodka bottles lined up like veterans of the Clone Wars. Punk rock as it all sounds, 7B is nowhere near as damaged as dive-bar buddy Mars Bar on Second Avenue; the TVs here are highly functional, as is the skull-and-crossbones-branded tap.
Everyone has a favorite dive bar. The best ones are cheap, sticky, and unpretentious, with questionable bathrooms and a rogues' gallery of regulars. They make perfect spots to talk to strangers, get ... More »