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Great bars in Japan

Hiroshi Ryutani
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 04-05-2015 at 07:17 am

Let's talk about great bars in Japan.

Hiroshi Ryutani
whiteshirt
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 26-05-2015 at 11:26 am

Been to Tokyo twice, but  I was not a drinker and collector of Japanese whisky at that time

If only I could turn back the clock, knowing what I know now, I would have visited the bars and sampled

the whisky.

I am certain I will return where are the best places???

whiteshirt
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 29-05-2015 at 21:32 pm

Interesting article in Nonjatta.com

A new whisky bar in Hong Kong: Club Qing





  Edited on 29-05-2015 at 21:33 pm
JWhisky
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 05-08-2015 at 07:07 am

There's a bar in Osaka called Bar K with a great selection of Japanese whiskies at good prices. We loved it.

OnPCH1
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 09-11-2015 at 13:50 pm

When in Tokyo I head to Helmsdale in Minami-Aoyama (Nisseki dori, across from Lawson Naturale). Excellent Scotch selection and a few cask strength bottlings of the usual Japanese suspects. There´s also a Helmsdale in Karuizawa that´s open when the owner feels like going up there on the weekends. Located on Prince dori right by 7-11. Check schedule on their website. Both casual, down home gastropubs. Oh, if the owner (Murasawa-san) made his curry rice that night, GET IT!


Also in Karuizawa, I enjoy going to Barman, near the train station. Very small selection of Scotch, etc, but no Japanese. But what they have are very well selected/curated dream drams. Slightly up-scale.

JWhisky
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 11-11-2015 at 05:49 am

In Fukuoka I would add:

1) Bar Kitchen 
2) Whisky Bar Leichardt 
Outstanding both!
riekio
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 16-02-2016 at 05:22 am

Hi Everyone!


I luckily get to go to Japan a couple of times a year now thanks to my new job. Ill post the best bars I find. So far Shot Bar Zoetrope in Shinjuku (right around the corner of Ibis hotel) has a great selection, and the Society Tokyo hotel in Ginza area is a SMWS partner bar and they have most of the japanese SMWS bottling. I got to try 3 of the karuizawa and a couple of yoichi SMWS offerings there. The view is not half bad either! You can walk there from Tokyo station (there is a closer station, but its a pleasant walk and there are some good whisky shops on the way if you peak around some alleys).

Cheers, 

Logan
MI_KL
Member Junior Junior Member
Posted on 24-02-2016 at 10:31 am

Hi everyone,

I go to Japan in few month, thanks for these bar lists. Zoetrope seems really interesting. And thanks for the fukuoka's and Osaka's.

Regards
MI_KL
dirtysquare
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 02-03-2016 at 13:48 pm
@Hiroshi : would you mind editing your first post and add all the bars that the member gave ?
like :

Tokyo
- Helmsdale -  Minami-Aoyama (Nisseki dori, across from Lawson Naturale)
- Shot Bar Zoetrope - Shinjuku (right around the corner of Ibis Hotel)
- Society Tokyo hotel - Ginza

Osaka

Fukuoka
- Bar Kitchen 
- Whisky Bar Leichardt

Karuizawa
- Helmsdale - Prince dori right by 7-11
- Barman - near the train station

HongKong
- Club Quin
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siyahtavsan
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 02-03-2016 at 15:38 pm

Hi all,

I can add these ones from Tokyo:

http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/bars-and-pubs/bar-tsurukame
http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/bars-and-pubs/bar-plat

http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/bars-and-pubs/hibiya-bar-whisky-s-ii


slainthe

  Edited on 02-03-2016 at 15:39 pm
JWhisky
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 03-03-2016 at 08:53 am
I added a couple of links:

Tokyo
- Helmsdale -  Minami-Aoyama (Nisseki dori, across from Lawson Naturale)
- Shot Bar Zoetrope - Shinjuku (right around the corner of Ibis Hotel)
- Society Tokyo hotel - Ginza

Osaka

Fukuoka
- Bar Kitchen 
- Whisky Bar Leichhardt  http://leichhardtcafe.blog73.fc2.com

Karuizawa
- Helmsdale - Prince dori right by 7-11
- Barman - near the train station

HongKong



Theli
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 27-12-2016 at 12:35 pm

zoetrope, tokyo

bar main malt, kobe

hibya bar whisky-s, tokyo

k6, kyoto

siyahtavsan
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 27-12-2016 at 13:01 pm

The most impressive Bar that I visited in Japan was in Osaka, Country Bar. Around 1400 Bottles

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