*As recently published in Weekly Dig.
by Pink Lady
We LUPEC ladies consider ourselves classy broads, and in our opinion, that includes being able to hang in a dive bar. As egalitarian imbibers, we believe that there is a time and place for every sort of cocktail and every sort of bar/bartender. Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a beer and a shot, knocked back as far away as you can get from a cocktail den.
That’s why we’re thrilled to give a shout out to local cocktail writer Luke O’Neil whose new book Boston’s Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in Beantown debuted this spring. The book highlights 90 of Boston’s finest and we are sure it will become essential reading material for visitors looking to tie one on the cozy corner of a favored local dive.
Haven’t you ever wished for such a tome? We certainly have. Luck has led us to some amazing divey watering holes while traveling, such as Max’s Club Deuce in Miami, Zeitgeist in San Francisco, or Von’s in New Orleans. But what’s a lonely traveler to do without the recommendations of wizened locals? Beers & shots of Jamo just aren’t the same when swilled at the bar at Holiday Inn.
O’Neil’s modern classic is a nostalgic nod to the long gone days when dive bars were the only bars in Boston, the backbone of the city’s drinking culture, emblematic of our image in the country at large. We may have classed things up in the past decade, but we shall never forget our humble roots. We salute them—and Luke—with an old B-Side favorite.
WINDSOR HIGH LOW
Jack Daniels neat with a baby Bud can.
Serve with the can perched atop the rocks glass.