Okay, here's the real question: where are the dive bars I should hit? I know we're going to want to go out several nights, but I ain't paying no ******* 15 dollars for a mixed drink.
Depends where you are, but there are TONS of dive bars you should try.
Just a few...Hogs 'n' Heifers (famous, somewhat touristy biker bar; go around midnight-it's ******* insane), Mars Bar (this is the diviest of the dives, and it's about as big as a tin of Altoids inside), Double Down Saloon (sadomasochistic porn on the TV monitors around the bar and nothing but punk on the jukebox), American Trash (Good divey atmosphere, classic metal on the jukebox)...also, one of my favorites is Rudy's. $3 PBRs. You won't find a cheaper bar in Manhattan, and the place has a lot of character. And they give out free hot dogs. It's a cool place.
Here, look at this picture of Mars Bar. The place is a ******* dump. It's awesome!