A First Look at Little Dipper Bar: Unpretentious Charm and Laid-Back Atmosphere Abound
Photos by Carla Soriano Baby-blue tufted leather stools line the bar, and the ceiling above the bar is painted midnight blue, with shiny gold stars forming the Little Dipper.
A first look at Little Dipper reveals just another neighborhood bar -- a place where the drinks are cheap, the clientele is unassuming, décor lackadaisical and the service perfunctory. Sounds about right judging by the team that built and own the bar -- the people behind Black Hole, Antidote, and Poison Girl.
The newest bar on downtown's "superblock" is small and rectangular, with high ceilings and its two long sides made of exposed brick wall, one of which serves as a background to Little Dipper's dark wooden bar structure, the other lined with old blue booths from the entrance until about half-way into the space. Baby blue tufted leather bar stools line the bar, and the ceiling above the bar is painted midnight blue, with shimmery gold stars forming -- you guessed it -- the Little Dipper. The space's back end is a grey-hued wall on which old mirrors hang on half, while the other half is stamped twice with the word "wallpaper" in big, black block letters. Band art posters about ten times too small for the walls that they're on hang randomly throughout the space. Plain tables are scattered about, with a couple of second-hand (okay, maybe third or fourth-hand) Chesterfield couches placed randomly in the space.
The back wall at Little Dipper is full of band art.
Behind the bar, you'll find standard spirits that the bartenders can mix to make your favorite drink. A cocktail list is notably absent from this establishment, so beware: you may have to tell them what you want in your concoction. I say this because the bartender that served me stared blankly when I asked for something with citrus and cava. He apologized and told me that he didn't know what cava was (sparkling wine that hails from Spain) despite it being the only bubbly on Little Dipper's six-wine list. Then, he seemed at a loss for ideas of what to make with it. When he asked if I wanted my drink shaken, I worried that he would shake my drink with the sparkling wine in it, so I opted to ask him to build Absolut Mandarin, Cointreau, and cava over rocks. Although the bartender was a little grim for my taste, his pours were generous and my drink set me back only six bucks.