1, 2, 3 at 96th St.; B, C at 96th St.
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The grime-free atmosphere and clean-cut patrons make this bar's name a bit of a misnomer. But step inside and you'll see why it's called Dive Bar: The curved aquarium and dive helmets makes this Columbia student hangout look like a movie set for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. But rather than search for wily eels or buried treasure, patrons come for the booze, and a dauntingly wide selection at that. Chalked lists of tequilas, bourbons, and single-malt Scotches fill up nearly a dozen blackboards, and the bar also touts more than 100 varieties of beer via bottle, can, growler, and cask as well as 33 draught beers (most of which are available in mugs, pint glasses, and pitchers). Originally a speakeasy, the place now doubles as a restaurant, offering a full menu (including various vegetarian-friendly options) until 4 a.m.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.