For these bars I’ll be writing about, I’ll be using a 5 category rating system which will be rated between 1 and 4 handlebar mustaches, which is the preferred mustache by 9 out of 10 old timers in dive bars.
560 Dorchester Ave, South Boston, MA 02127 (you’ll most likely find it listed as the Sports Connection)
I must confess to leading off with a personal favorite of mine. I lived around the corner from this spot for about 5 years and this became the de facto base of operations for me and the morons I hang out with. It’s essentially a large room, with a rectangle shaped bar, a dance floor no one dances on, a kitchen no one uses, and women no one hits on.
Stench: All dive bars have a smell. It goes without saying. The sun rises in the east, sets in the west, and dive bars stink. Some worse than others. This one doesn’t have a bad odor to it. It’s got that “we’ve been here for decades and know nothing of fashionable décor” stink. So it’s a good one.
Overall: As I said, I’m biased. I love this joint, and still go there to this day. Many dumb hours have spent there, yelling about the Sox, listening to Hall & Oates, and almost being late for a friend’s wedding because we were finishing off pitchers of beer…with the groom. Undeniably, this gets