Should you drink at Whitey’s, which is actually called Croke Park, but which no one calls Croke Park? That depends. If you’re looking for a real dive experience, where you might be able to get an affordable tattoo in the backroom, then no. But if you’re looking for a dive that became so famous for being a dive that it’s now a dive-themed bar where group of 20-somethings wearing Banana Republic drink ironically next to another group of 20-sometimes wearing scally caps to pretend they live in a mythical Southie that no longer exists outside of Hollywood, then go ahead. Having said that, it’s still very cheap like a good dive should be, and opens at 9:30am (when you may actually encounter some neighborhood regulars). So if you need a shot and a beer before noon, Whitey’s is here for you.
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