WHY HERE: This longtime dive-bar-with-a-twist continues slaking thirsts and offering a rollicking party atmosphere, even after new owners gave it a facelift a few years ago. The wedge-shaped spot serves straightforward beer and bites, along with pinball, pool and a jukebox. Like Double Barrel, the recent renovations restore the bar to its best self.
WHY NOW: It’s all well and good to glide into the latest brewpub or craft cocktail joint, but sometimes it’s comfort and kitsch you seek. Bonus: Though the bar itself has changed hands a few times since opening in 1923, the Manza family has owned the building since it went up, and you can find historic nods on the Hut’s menu and walls.