What are some of the 'best' (your favourite) dive bars around town?
I'm branching this from some comments on the Delices de l'Ile Maurice thread, so let's start with porker's contribution there:
"Was driving along Lakeshore a couple of weeks ago and discovered The Green Hornet. Not a true bar since they only serve beer, but a dive with great regulars.
Main Street on St. Laurent comes to mind.
Dianna on St. Catherine.
Goldies on St. Jacques W
Ziggys on Crescent (OK, not a dive, but an oasis on Crescent)"
"The Green Hornet has been there at least since I was in High School 36 or so years ago. It was a dive then."
Hafta say I've never heard of any of these places*, but I guess I haven't been looking hard 'cause the best I can come up with is Miami, Barfly, and some no-name tavernes around Rachel, St. Hubert, & that vicinity (I don't consider Copa or Biftek drivey, just joints with cheap beer and more and more McGill kids each year).
*add: nope, I've been to Main Street, just didn't know it's name.
The grungiest place I've found by far - I mean a place where you felt a quart-shattering fight could break out among the grimey jean-jacketed 95% male clientele at any second (or maybe someone would just slip on spilt beer and crack their noggin on the yellow tiled floor) - was simply called Taverne Quebecois. It was on St. Hubert just below Ste-Catherine, kitty corner the Berri-UQAM square (you can imagine if you know the area). It's closed now, though.
Anyway, over to the peanut gallery...