Mako's Bar looks like a dive (and probably is a dive), but it is an engaging and lively dive. Recently renovated to include actual doors on the bathroom stalls, Mako's hosts all kinds of people, most notably the type people one would expect to find, but does not, at Tattooed Mom down the street. It is relaxed and gritty, but also open and friendly. Highlights include $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon Night on Thursdays (for where there is $1 PBR, there is an abundance of punk rockers) and an exemplary digital jukebox. In recent months, the bar has been a little slow on non-weekend nights, but it's definitely worth stopping in anyway. Located right next door to Lorenzo & Sons Pizza, the bar is very conducive to that most perfect of alcohol-fueled pursuits: the 2:00 AM pizza run. For those not into copious amounts of cheese, it's within a block of Maoz, a vegetarian falafel restaurant (also tasty in the wee hours of the morning). The reason I mention other restaurants in a review for a Bar and Grill is because in my year of going there, I have not once seen the Mako's grill in action- it's just not the kind of place to which one would go with food in mind, but that doesn't detract from the bar's charm. By far the best thing about Mako's is that, as a very shy person, I am always able to find a conversation in which to join or a friendly person with whom I can talk one on one. There is a refreshing lack of snobbery at Mako's rarely seen in the more trendy spots along South Street.
Pros: friendly people, reasonably priced drinks, great jukebox
Cons: hard to find parking on weekends, slow on weeknights