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Black Dice

Photo: Tim Shore

Posted by Jessica McGann / December 20, 2009

With Black Dice, Brockton-area rockabilly types finally have a little drinking hole to call their own.

Although the digs are small, Black Dice really is cozy, and the carefully crafted decor expands the room through sheer atmosphere. The bar's 50s theme seems effortless, and is so consistent without feeling contrived that it truly feels like a bit of a time warp in there.

Exposed brick walls are flanked by bright turquoise ones dotted with old 45s. More 45s play on the working jukebox that spins retro tunes all night long, while black-and-white cigarette ads silently loop on two small, antique televisions. Girls with short bangs and guys in wing-tipped glasses banter with each other across candle-lit, formica tables. Owner Hideki Satto can be found behind the small bar at the back, drawing up pints of Wellington, Devil's Pale Ale, Sapporo or Pumpkin Ale, or offering up slightly more unique concoctions, like expresso and tea, milkshakes, and fancy cocktails like Kahlua espresso martinis. The old-fashioned cash register works, and just like the olden days, you'll have to pay by cash.

The menu is suitably kitsch, with offerings like Swansea TV dinners ($5), edamame, Pogos, and Ritz crackers with fancy toppings like prosciutto and brie. Everything is under $7, including a tasty-sounding homemade peach crumble with ice cream. Winnipeg ex-pats will get a nostalgic thrill ordering packets of Old Dutch potato chips.

The retro jukebox isn't the only musical appeal either. Satto has themed Wednesdays "Surf Wednesday" and Thursdays "Mods vs. Rockers Thursdays", and hosts live bands and special events, like "Rock 'n' Roll Christmas Party and Bingo" and upcoming rockabilly-themed New Year's Eve party.

Best of all, this adorable little bar has a great location at Dundas and Brock, where things are beginning to get trendy, but where, so far, drinking establishments have been limited to decrepit, prohibitive-looking sports bars. It's no surprise that the Black Dice packs them in, even though it's almost easy to miss with its small frontage. This is a great spot for a casual get-together, along the lines of The Only Cafe in the east end, or other neighbourhood spots like the Communist's Daughter. And don't worry if you haven't got a pin-up lady tattooed on your arm. If you can get jiggy with some spiced rum and eggnog and a serving of Ritz crackers and cheese (and let's be serious, who can't?), then you'll feel right at home at the Black Dice.

Writing by Jessica McGann

Additional Details

Beers on Tap:
Great Lakes Devil's Pale Ale, Wellington County Ale, Sapporo, Great Lakes Pumpkin Ale
Signature Drink:
Kahlua espresso martini
Bar Snacks:
Swansea TV dinners
50s, surf, mod, retro, live, rockabilly
Live Music:
Who Goes There:
Rockabilly hipsters, indie types, locals
6pm to close daily

Other Cities: Montreal