Don’t be alarmed by the bars hanging from the ceiling, it’s part of the grit and authenticity that has kept Jeremy’s Ale house going for decades. Before there were ironic dive bars, New York was filled with working-class watering holes where Budweiser was the drink of choice. Jeremy’s Ale House is one of those few long-standing, no-frills bars left. For more than 40 years, locals have come for the ice cold beer, famously served in 32-ounce (950 ml) styrofoam cups, which have made the spot well known around the city – especially for those seeking an incredibly affordable night out.
Head down to the Seaport District where Jeremy’s has been located since 1973. Front Street, where the bar most recently moved in 2004, dates back to the American Revolutionary War, giving the bar and the surrounding cobbled streets a decidedly old-school vibe.
Special tip: Come hungry. Jeremy’s has a huge menu ranging from classic bar food like burgers, onion rings and fries to fresh oysters and crab cakes from Long Island.