Neighbourhood bars, local bars, low-key bars. Regardless of the term you use, you know one when you see it, even if they're hard to define on paper. These places rarely have expensive fit-outs, lengthy drinks lists or elaborate concepts.
They're just affordable places where the tunes are good, the bartenders are up for a chat and the clientele rarely live further than a few blocks away. Step in and surrender to their friendly, no-bullshit spirit.