Mary Ann’s v The Last Drop [Shite Sixteen]

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We continue into our second round of the Shite Sixteen. In these match-ups, opposing writers will be telling us why the other bar doesn’t deserve dive status. Vote for the bar, regardless of its flaws, that you think should move ahead. Polls close at 11 p.m.

Today’s Round 2 matchup: Mary Ann’s v The Last Drop

Mary Ann’s (as argued by Dan F.): Waiting in line to get into Mary Ann’s is like queuing up to get kicked in the face. Why would you ever do it? One particularly terrible night during my undergrad career, I saw a girl vomit into her hands, wipe it on a stranger’s coat, and then proceed to order herself a shot – this pretty much sums MA’s up.  Its “Dive Bar” status is due mainly to its hopeless décor, its disgusting bathrooms, and the ever-present film of grime on every surface – there is nothing charming or quirky about it. Mary Ann’s owes its popularity to its (somewhat inexplicable) status as Boston College’s bar; the venue itself would never attract a patron if it weren’t for the weird inevitability that all your BC friends will be there on a Friday when nothing’s happening in the Mods.  “Boy, I sure would love to be packed like a sardine into a windowless, musty building with questionable fire exits while sipping Busch Light from a chipped, cloudy glass,” said no one ever. At the end of the day (and I don’t care how hard that day was), no self-respecting person over the age of 22 would walk into Mary Ann’s and stay longer than two minutes, not even the most ironic of hipsters. Don’t let your BC nostalgia cloud your judgment; you’ve outgrown MA’s. Meanwhile, just down the road, The Last Drop awaits with open arms . . .

The Last Drop (as argued by Natty): Are we seriously considering the Last Drop to be the diviest bar in all the Hub? It’s not even the diviest in Oak Square (please see The Castlebar). Six large windows adorn the front of this nice looking exterior that 20-somethings flock to after a night out at the Green Briar or Porter Belly’s. As the Last Drop is the only bar in the area open until 2:00 a.m., all it’s truly good for is what the name describes–the last drink of the night. The room itself is open with high ceilings and enough space for a pool table and dartboard, and–unlike it’s challenger–the Drop is actually cleaned on a regular basis. Compared to other Boston dives, the Last Drop is not only a palace but also a clear loser this round.

Shite Sixteen Round 2

  • (1) Mary Ann's (87%, 86 Votes)
  • (4) Last Drop (13%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 99

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