Sometimes it's fun to dress up and trick some rich slob into paying for bottle service at The Boom Boom Room, but most of the time we prefer to seek refuge in one of NYC's many classic dive bars. These carved-out drinking holes are some of the city's simplest pleasures, rife with all the musty darkness, campy '80s flicks (or porn!) and Black Label beer-and-shot specials a seasoned barfly desires. Here are a few of our favorites:

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CANAL BAR: We've been told this Gowanus dive, named after the neighborhood's most charmingly toxic attribute, can be "downright scary." But, hey, that's the real price you pay for a cheap draft, right? Nightly drink specials include $1 off all drafts on Mondays and $6 beer-and-shot deals on Thursdays. Canal Bar's also got a couple TVs airing seasonal sports, and they spring for the MLB package in the summer for out-of-town teams. Bonus points if you're a Bears or Cubs fan: they air Chicago games on Sundays, when all well drinks are $4 and bloody pints are $5.

Canal Bar is located at 270 Third Ave (between Union and President Street) in Gowanus, Brooklyn; 718-246-0011, Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

ALIBI: Dive bars have a certain set of requirements, like $5 Guinness, dim lighting reminiscent of the back room at a pre-Giuliani era Times Square sex shop and musty, graffiti-covered bathrooms that have probably seen better days. Fort Greene's Alibi serves up all the requisite fixings, along with a pool table, Big Buck Hunter III, bad movies looped in the background and an insane happy hour deal usually consisting of pretty much all drinks for $3 or $4. Alibi's best in the summer when Pratt students aren't hijacking the jukebox, but if you're in the 'hood it's still worth checking out year-round.

Alibi is located at 245 Dekalb Avenue (at Vanderbilt Ave) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-783-8519.

The dive-y goodness of the Patriot, courtesy skyliner72's flickr.

THE PATRIOT: Few things scream DIVE louder than $2 PBRs, scantily-clad female bartenders and the dulcet twang of Lynyrd Skynyrd streaming from the jukebox. Enter, the Patriot: this country western-themed Tribeca saloon's decked out with crocodiles, surfboards, lady undergarments and American flag decals hanging from the ceiling, along with awesome drink deals like $3.50 Wild Turkey shots and beer pitchers for under $7. Plus, our own Tien Mao says he once saw a bartender pull out her breast and let a customer grab it for a buck, so there's always that, we suppose.

The Patriot is located at 110 Chambers Street (between Church Street and Broadway) in Tribeca; 212-748-1162.

THE DUCK: Owned by the blessed souls behind the Patriot, this East Harlem spot's got an abandoned room in the front that leads to a dank, grimy, dive-tastic bar complete with a pool table and an ancient Mortal Kombat machine. $2 cans of PBR or, for a classier brew, $3 cans of Coors Light, and pitchers are about $6.50. Plus, the jukebox is well-stocked with sweet country hits, and if you're lucky you might get to hear the owner, who lives upstairs, bang on the ceiling with a broom if and when the music stalls.

The Duck is located at 2171 Second Ave (between 111th and 112th Street) in East Harlem; 212-831-0000. Follow them on Facebook.

LUCY'S: The East Village is starting to double as New York's own fraternity row these days, so it's nice to know there are still some dive strongholds scattered amid the Penny Farthings and Village Pourhouses. Owner Lucy Mickevicis is one of our favorite barkeeps in the city, serving up $3 PBRs, $5 beers on tap and buyback whiskey shots inside her red-lit space. Lucy's also got a couple (free!) pool tables, a pinball machine and a jukebox filled with classic rock, plus a pretty laid-back clientele, at least for the area.

Lucy's is located at 135 Ave A (at 9th Street) in the East Village; 212-673-3824.

DING DONG LOUNGE: We've extolled Ding Dong's dive-y virtues before, but this Upper West Side bar's still still got it. It's close to Columbia, but don't expect a lot of campus kids hanging around, because Ding Dong's decidedly a no-frills punk-ey spot that's dirty in all the right places. There's a nightly $6 beer-and-shot deal, daily happy hour that runs 'til 8 p.m. and includes $2 beer cans, $4 drafts and $5 well drinks, plus you can sometimes catch a couple sets from a local garage band.

Ding Dong Lounge is located at 929 Columbus Ave (between 105th & 106th Street) on the Upper West Side; 212-663-2600, Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.