Unlike many a drinking spot in the Financial District, Biddy’s isn’t closed or empty at the weekend. Nor does it bring in a DJ to draw a crowd on a Saturday night. In fact, the weekends are a riot of all-day drinking in an utter and absolute dive bar atmosphere. It ticks all the boxes to qualify, right down to toilets that are basic at best, and a horror show later. Play Keno, play the jukebox, eat cheap food, and after a few similarly low-priced beers get to wondering just who is Biddy Early. She was a healer and herbalist_one who was accused of witchcraft—whose fourth husband was an alcoholic who died and left her penniless. Maybe, then, don’t ask who is Biddy Early?
All dive bars are places where you can come as you are, relax, and not worry about a large bar tab. However, the trade is that customers must also take these bars as they are: gruff, slight disarray and the occasional mayhem of a rowdy night. Sadly, like so many other cities, Boston has been losing its beloved dive bars, with trendy restaurants, upscale condo buildings and other gentrification taking their place. But what that means is that those that have stood the test of time must be worth a look. While you’re at it pair them with night at one of the best music venues in Boston, best comedy clubs in Boston, or best sports bars in Boston.
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