While the Dundas West strip has become increasingly cluttered come nightfall thanks to the run off from Ossington, there are still some spots where you won’t be jostled by a 19-year-old for the bartender’s attention. Plenty wee spots offer their own charm, but Black Dice Cafe has a vibe all its own.
Located a bit further west (”It's too far to stumble in heels!” I imagine said teenager yelling), BDC is a super nifty Japanese rockabilly bar. Come nice weather, the whole front of the bar is opened to the street; inside, patrons nurse Japanese whiskeys or sake-based cocktails while perched on the delightfully retro furniture, complete with lamps adorning the tables. A pinball machine holds court in a corner; a real jukebox entices barflies to use their coins to benefit the good of all.
Did I mention they do yakitori and chips and dip? They do chips. With dip. So all the bases are covered.