February 11, 2015

The hidden bars of Japan

Allen @ 2:10 pm   |  Comments Off on The hidden bars of Japan
Filed under: Japan,Travel,Whiskey

Nice bars in Japan tend to be squirreled away in nondescript, generic office buildings for some reason. I would not have expected this:

…to be the entrance to a bar that perfectly hand cuts and bevels completely crystal-transparent ice like this:

…and serve delicious, fresh yuzu cocktails like this:

The bartender makes a mean yuzu-grapefruit-rum cocktail, and she even suggested a local sushi place for us to try. As we left, she came out of the bar to say goodbye and waved at us until the elevator doors closed.

(Bar Nano, 7th floor, 3 Chome-5 Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan)

Public Drinking, for Fun and Profit

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(Before I get into this post, I must emphasize that the only reason to drink a highball is so that you can openly imbibe whiskey in public in Japan.)

No one cared one bit that we were sipping on our Suntory kaku highballs as we walked along Odori Park in Sapporo… Certainly not the cops that were out in force directing foot traffic. But most surprisingly, not parents of impressionable children who may be, at the very sight of us drinking, Shanghaied into a feckless life of addiction and girly drinks.

February 10, 2015

How to whittle away at 11 hours in a plane

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