The slow, inevitable disappearance of NYC’s dive bars
Jackie's 5th Amendment in Park Slope will join a growing list of watering holes that have poured their last drink.
Mon Aug 12 2013
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
In about a month, Park Slope dive Jackie's 5th Amendment will join Max Fish, Mars Bar, Motor City Bar, Lakeside Lounge and Blarney Cove on the growing list of recently shuttered, dingy, lovable drink joints. The L Magazine reports that Jackie's plans on serving its last bucket of pony beers on September 14; after that, the neighboring pharmacy will take over the space.
Conspiracy theorists might venture that there's a grander scheme at work, some kind of citywide plot against affordable watery beer and bathrooms perfumed by pungent urinal cakes. But the reality is probably simpler: The gradual fading away of Gotham's long-standing working-class drinkeries is inevitable in the face of rising rents and a craft-beer- and cocktail-hungry clientele. Luckily, there are still some dimly lit, slightly smelly gems out there: Of the five bars on our "best dives" list from a few years back, only one has closed (RIP Holiday Cocktail Lounge), and Brooklyn still has Canal Bar and Montero's Bar & Grill, among others. If you, like us, appreciate a good dive bar, head to those spots before they decide to close shop...or threaten to move to Williamsburg.