2 A

Easily found at the corner of East 2nd and Avenue A (hence the name, geniuses), 2A is one of the East Village's most beloved little hangouts. Though it's totally cleaner than most dives, it falls under the "dive" title for the crowd of heavy drinking blue-collar regulars that saunter in every day after work and glue themselves to the same barstool as the night before. The upstairs portion is more like your killer neighborhood bar, with live music going on regularly and a selection of cushy couches that are perfect for hanging out with friends or for having one of those oh-so-college-days drunken make-out sessions with the cutie you met slamming shots downstairs.

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