Ice-cold beer has been the mainstay at Jeremy’s Ale House for the last 40 years, served up in 32-ounce (950ml) styrofoam cups famous for keeping beer cold and being really cheap.
Before there were ironic dive bars, New York was filled with working-class watering holes where Budweiser was the drink of choice. Many legendary spots still around today, like Farrell’s in Windsor Terrace, have survived thanks to their loyal locals in the outer boroughs. While staying afloat in the city has been tougher for some spots (case in point: Emerald Pub on Spring Street, a filming location in the ’80s movie After Hours, closed after 43 years in 2015), Jeremy’s is one of the few longstanding no-frills bars left in lower Manhattan.
Jeremy’s has been located in South Street Seaport since 1973. Historic Front Street, where the bar most recently relocated to in 2004, dates back to the American Revolutionary War, giving the bar and the surrounding neighborhood a decidedly old-school vibe in spite of rapid gentrification.
Head downtown, grab a pint and come hungry. Jeremy’s has an extensive menu from classic bar food (burgers, fries) to french oysters and crab cakes.