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Product Details

  • Series: Best Dive Bars
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gamble Guides (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439257
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #880,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Luke O'Neil has been covering arts and nightlife in Boston for ten years, working for pretty much every publication in the city at one point or another. For years he wrote a popular column called Barcode in the Boston Globe, where he still writes about cocktails and the restaurant and bar scene. He currently pens a bar column called Thursty in the Boston Metro, and the Liquid column in Stuff magazine and has written about bars for Boston Magazine and Black Book. He's also a music critic, writing for Alternative Press and the Boston Phoenix, and was the music editor at the Weekly Dig for years. His days as a rock musician made him particularly well acquainted with the seedier delights of the dive bar. He's also extraordinarily handsome.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas O'Rourke on June 7, 2014
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An excellent review of the biggest dumps in the city. Dive bars but the most fun joints if you are going to imbibe. I have worked in several of these joints, including the Tam, and I can tell you the joints are summed up correctly. Anyone who puts the Tam as the biggest Dive in the city know what he is talking about.
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I am not sure if these "Best Dive Bars" books are meant to be serious travel guides or simply lighthearted insight into local neighborhoods and culture (or both). I believe the books lean towards the latter, which, luckily, I prefer. I own Philadelphia's Best Dive Bars, and when I discovered Luke O'Neil had written a Boston version, I decided to purchase it even though I rarely visit Boston nor drink alcohol. O'Neil is a pretty prolific freelance author for both print magazines and websites. I favor his less traditionally journalistic endeavors, of which Boston's Best Dive Bars is a prime example. O'Neil's writing creates an entertaining book despite my ignorance of Boston and my lack of desire to visit most of the spots described. The author's love of a good dive bar shines though, and he takes care to differentiate between unpretentious establishments and those that are just dirty and/or dangerous. If you do plan on using Boston's Best Dive Bars as a guidebook, be aware some of the bars have recently fallen victim to gentrification.
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By Nikki on February 4, 2015
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bought this for my boyfriends sister who just moved to Boston. She loved it!
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