Dive Bar, Anyone? 9 Hole-in-the-Wall Joints for Some Real Cheap Drinks in NYC

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Put your hands in the air if you want to get tipsy and save money. Sounds great, right? 

Put your hands in the air if you've ever ordered shots in another city and cheered when the check came because you were expecting the shots to cost $9 each, and they only cost $3. Total. 

Well, newsflash New York City. That cheering-when-the-check-comes moment can occur within this city's borders. 

Don't believe us? Check out our cheap drinks suggestions from earlier this year.

Then, check out our cheap drinks suggestions below, and start fantasizing about what you're going to do with all your extra money now that you're not spending so much at the bar. 

Maybe you could buy an apartment at 432 Park Avenue? Probably not, but the possibilities are endless. Well, kinda sorta. 


1. Drop Off Service (211 Avenue A)

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The beers at Drop Off Service are $3 until 8 p.m. every day. Yes, this includes weekends. Actually, on weekends beers are $3 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., wine is $3 off, and liquor is $2 off.

This, on top of the fact that they feature 26 beers on tap, a comprehensive list of European wines, and excellent whiskey.

There's plenty of seating in this chill East Village dive, and they're perfectly okay with you having food from restaurants delivered to you while you pound back beers inside.

If you're wondering about the name, it's because it used to be a dry cleaner's.


2. Johnny's Bar (90 Greenwich Avenue)

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What's that? An inexpensive bar in the West Village? Yup, you heard right. And Johnny's Bar takes credit cards. Yeah, that seems like a small point to get excited about, but the idea that a bar wouldn't accept anything other than cash in 2015 is pretty absurd. 

Johnny's two-for-one deal from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays is pretty great. 

If you're looking for a good spot in the West Village for post-work drinks, you've probably reached the end of your quest. Because Jack Daniel's, Jose Cuervo, Bacardi, and well drinks are all $4.25 from 3-7 p.m. on weekdays at Johnny's.

Basically, it's a breath of fresh air from all the West Village pretentiousness, and we're huge, huge fans of that.


3. Two-Bit's Retro Arcade (153 Essex Street)

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Love retro-gaming? What games, you're wondering? Well, Two-Bits has old school classics like Frogger, Ms. Pac Man, and the original Marvel vs. Capcom on lock.

Bring your quarters and dollars though, because Two-Bits is cash-only, friends.

Two-Bits may have perfected the "booze and games" genre, but they've also topped the charts on relaxed drink prices. Considering their 22 rotating tops, their substantial wine list, and $3.75 PBRs, Miller Lites, and Genesee, this is a must-visit bar. 

They also have two-for-one sake bombs on Tuesday nights which is as excellent a night as any for two-for-one sake bombs, right?


4. Mama's Bar (34 Avenue B)

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You really can't beat the vibe at Mama's Bar. The waitstaff is super friendly, the alcohol flows for cheap, and the space is big, open, and welcoming.

Plus, the music is off the chain.

At Mama's Bar, PBR and shots are $3, and Bud and Bud Light is $4 from 5-8 p.m. on weeknights (including Fridays). 

On weekends from 12-8:30 p.m. mimosas cost $4 and Bloody Marys and well drinks cost $5. Which has to be one of the best deals in America, let alone in Manhattan.

And, yes, they do have a $10 minimum for cards, but most other places in the city's credit card minimums are at least $20, so we're cool with it.

Seeing poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe? Grab a drink at Mama's first-- it's right next door.


5. Sophie's (507 East 5th Street)

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Do you love inexpensive drinks? Do you love playing pool while getting blasted on inexpensive drinks?

Great, then you and Sophie's will probably get along. 

Sophie's also rocks a jukebox with a pretty excellent selection. But, you're at the mercy of their other patrons when it comes to the music that plays. At least you have the option to take matters into your own hands.

The best part about Sophie's isn't the cheap beer, though. It's the wild, rowdy, friendly atmosphere. If you come here on a Saturday night, you'll likely be greeted by the crowd like they've known you their whole lives.

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