WHY HERE: Typical neighborhood bars exist without much fanfare—a couple decent highballs, an unobnoxious crowd and a well-stocked jukebox. The Dice, as it’s known locally, is all that and a bag of wasabi peas. The self-proclaimed Japanese rockabilly bar could easily be the most obnoxious bar on the planet. Instead, it’s the coolest.
WHY NOW: With Japanese whisky Old Fashioneds, sake on tap and vintage pinball machines, it has always been ahead of its time.