5 & Dime is opening next Wednesday, March 13 on 65th and Foster, adding a much-needed cocktail presence to the upcoming Foster-Powell district without the excessive price-tag or stuffy vibes. Co-owners and bartenders Colin Carroll and Alex “Goose” Gesler have a long resume of high-end cocktail spots (Trifecta Tavern, for instance), and they’ll be bringing those skills to the table with a menu of classic and original drinks in a stylish-but-modest, green-and-gray bar.
Although 5 & Dime is bringing in some big-deal talent, the prices will remain neighborhood-friendly, with a casual atmosphere and most drinks hanging out between $7 to $11. “At the risk of sounding cliché, we’re building the bar we wanted to drink in,” says Carroll. “We both love making cocktails, that’s our history and creative passion, so we wanted to take our experience and combine it with the kind of places we like to drink at: neighborhood bars and dive bars. We want to serve a perfectly executed cocktail that’s really well thought-out, but in a more casual environment with a different kind of music and no aprons or ties.”
The crew also won’t be focusing too much on “seasonality,” instead changing up the menu when so inspired. For example, the opening menu, aside from its list of classic drinks, draws inspiration from the novel American Gods. “The presentation will be simple, too,” adds Gesler. “It’s not a whole production — we want the cocktail to speak for itself.” A few cocktails on tap, a draught list, and rosé, red, and white wines on tap round out the drink menu, as well as a few “nicer wines” for $11 a glass.
Food at 5 & Dime will also be approachable and inexpensive, though it won’t be the place to go for a full dinner necessarily. Chef Zack Ragghianti (Biwa, Noraneko) has designed a mostly gluten-free menu for snacking and sharing alongside drinks, including meat skewers, meat and cheese plates, and a number of roasted vegetable options. He’ll leave the french fries and burgers to the many other spots in the Foster-Powell area who do those well.
The space has seats for about 60, with a third of them at the bar itself, though there’s more room for standing around the larger community table. Smaller tables sit near one side, as well as a line of booths capable of seating smaller parties. During the summer, the team plans to have the wide windows open, as well as outside seating; for now, those windows are shuttered against the unseasonably cold weather. Art from local artists adorn the walls, including flash art from Oddball Tattoo and a portrait of Rasheed Wallace that speaks to Carroll and Gesler’s love of the Blazers — 5 & Dime will show theirs and other games on the TV above the bar, though it won’t be on nonstop.
As for the bodega theme that was attached to it for a while, that’s entirely absent; visitors will have to hit up a corner store for their cigarettes and six-packs. “In the end, our concept is: it’s a bar,” Carroll says. Scroll to get a sneak peek inside 5 & Dime before it opens next week.