243 Fifth Ave. between Garfield Place and Carroll Street
What it is: A neighborhood hangout with games, free popcorn and a killer jukebox that provides a merciful respite from the breast-feeding crowd that frequents the neighborhood.
Why we love it: Not only is High Dive a Brokelyn Beer Book threepeat featured bar, it’s only gotten better over the years. The free popcorn station has grown to include its own condiments rack and bar snacks now include savory pies for $6 and sausage rolls for $4, and the backyard remains welcoming. The custom curated jukebox full of mixed CDs includes a gamut of good drinking music: Big Star, The Kinks, The Pixies, and the Modern Lovers. Oh, and it’s got two pinball machines. We’re suckers for pinball.
Who to bring: High Dive is the perfect chilldown spot, so bring your crew after checking out a show at a nearby venue or to escape the game-watching crowds at other bars (no TVs here). You can bring a laptop and get work done on the bar’s wifi or bring a date and snuggle up over a board game.
What to order: The constantly changing beer menu keeps it interesting, but we’re partial to the Oskar Blues G’Knight and the Wolaver Organic Pumpkin brews at the moment.
High Dive fun fact: In the spirit of giving, High Dive has a lovely “buy a friend a drink” board, where you can prepay for your pals’ tab. It’s all the rage these days.