Dive 75 combines the best aspects of an over-21 lifestyle: it’s a laid back local bar with childhood board games and group activities. One of three members of the Dive franchise (Dive Bar on 96th St. and Broadway Dive on 101st St. are the others), Dive 75’s name refers more to a sea-dive theme than to a typical dive bar. Offering patrons a large selection of games to match the beer selection, Dive 75 is great bet for a weekday evening (it often gets too crowded to find a table on the weekends).[caption id="attachment_5337" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="Picture is from www.divebarnyc.com"][/caption]
Prepare for a night of Battleship, Scrabble, Connect Four, or Apples to Apples. Jenga is also available, although the toppling pieces make it a difficult choice when faced with sharing the table with liquor-filled glasses. Dive 75 is also prepared to satisfy your sweet tooth: If you know where to look, you’ll find free mini candy bars, usually toward the corner of the bar.[caption id="attachment_5338" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Picture is from www.divebarnyc.com"][/caption]
The crowd is mixed and that makes it a lovable and reliable choice for a low-key, yet entertaining night on the Upper West Side. Dive 75 wins patrons over with its atmosphere and game-packed shelves and the bartenders keep up with the action. Most patrons come in groups to take advantage of the games, but it also makes for a no-pressure date-night spot, as long as you don’t try to squeeze your date into the Friday or Saturday night madness.
Find Dive 75 on 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.