Isn’t It Time for Some Not-Totally-Obvious ‘Best Dive’ Picks?

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Photo: Daniel Maurer

Jimmy’s Corner and O’Connor’s are on Details’ latest list of best dive bars. Love ’em both, but will these roundups ever offer up surprises? Here’s a suggestion for whatever men’s magazine does the next one: The Capri Social Club (also called Irene’s, after its doyenne) is a time warp that’s hidden away on a residential block in Greenpoint (156 Calyer Street, near Lorimer). Step beyond the intimidating front doors and you’ll find a wooden phone booth just like at O’Connor’s, a majestic back bar reminiscent of Cedar Tavern’s, $1.75 Coors Light ponies, a clientele that’s seen a thing or two, a steady stream of Aerosmith on the jukebox, and (the best part) you can smoke, since the place is technically a members-only club. Oh, and there’s also a figure of Spuds MacKenzie. Got any other favorite undersung dives? Share your rotgut reveries in the comments.