There’s nothing like a stiff drink before breakfast, and nowhere better to start off than at your local dive. One of the best little bars in Bedstuy is a dingy little joint called Do or Dive, located between Quincy and Lexington on Bedford Ave. For some reason it feels historical in here, like there’s been a lot of very memorable parties. The kind that only live on in stories because everyone who was there doesn’t actually remember the details, morphing the legend into something mythological. It’s noon, and I haven’t had my coffee yet, so some caffeine is in order. The Coffee Thing is a $7 cup of whiskey floating in what resembles a Wendy’s frosty. I always knew there was something missing when I was slurping these on the PlayPlace blacktop, now I know it was obviously bourbon. Topped with chocolate crumbles and icy cold, these puppies go down easy. I think I’ll have another.
The interior of Do or Dive is weirdly cabaret, with gold and glowing lights everywhere and plush leather booths. The walls are covered with stickers, photographs, and old beer advertisements, making them look like the refrigerator door in an apartment of post-grads. The center piece, hanging directly above the bar is a massive plastic shark head that looks like it was harpooned off Sugarloaf Key. It covered in mardi gras beeds and is mounted next to the head of a giant mountain goat wearing sunglasses. The bartenders all look like they play bass in a hardcore band and come here to take a break from the scene and chill out. Hair down to their elbows and covered in tattoos, the staff is usually clad in Hawaiian shirts, old tank tops, and short shorts like they’re headed to Rockaway to sit in a beach chair and eat a burger. It’s a playful place and welcoming place, not to mention it has a sunny, dog-friendly patio. Is there anything better than reading the morning newspaper over a cup of joe with man’s best friend and buzz?
$7, Do or Dive, 1108 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216