Updated: March 01, 2019
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10 Cocktail Bars In Tokyo That Raise The Bar To Another Level

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These are arguably the 10 very best cocktail bars in Tokyo. You'll be amazed by the skills of the bartenders making these beautiful and sublime drinks.

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Ishi no Hana 石の華 (Shibuya)

This is simply the best bar you can find in Shibuya! The bartender Mr. Shinobu Ishigaki won the nation-wide NBA cocktail competition in 2002 before opening his bar, Ishi no Hana, the next year. He serves some amazing creations that are both a pleasure for the eyes and the pallet. The menu changes on a monthly basis, so if you're not sure what to order, just ask for what is recommended for the month and be prepared to have quite possibly one of the best cocktails you've ever had.

EST! (Ueno-Okachimachi)

This is the coolest refuge in Ueno! It's a small place that has been around since 1973, and the bar master and owner Watanabe san who is now over 80 years of age, knows how to make some awesome cocktails. His selection of Japanese sake is also said to be excellent. This place is highly praised by locals for its quality of service and its relaxing, quaint atmosphere. There is a table for 4 and the rest are counter seats. It's possible to make a reservation.

Mori 毛利 (Ginza)

Mori, a classic bar in Ginza, is run by Mori-san, a bartender of legendary status in Ginza. Everything he does is wonderful be his claim to fame is definitely his martini, so definitely give that a try if you go! Apparently, the spaghetti is also pretty good if you go there with an appetite.

Y&M Bar KISLING

Y&M is the ideal spot for a date in chick Ginza. It's essentially an authentic bar with a clean-lined wooden interior that is very calming. The fruit cocktails here are really great. Many people order dried fruits as a side dish because it pairs well with the cocktails. If you want to eat something more hearty try their pizza.

Sanlucar BAR

This is another bar that you'll absolutely love if you're into the classy retro atmosphere. The table charge is ¥900 and the drinks are around ¥1,500 each. You might want to try the special Irish coffee pictured above! It's a seasonal special during the winter time that will really warm you up. You'll be amazed by the skills of the bar master for any drink he makes.

Bar Hoshi

Bar Hoshi in Ginza is one of the most talked about by the Japanese people who know well the area. The service is impeccable, the bar's atmosphere is rustic and stylish at the same time, and the cocktails are excellent. So if you are looking for a nice relaxing bar experiencing this might be the place for you. The bar is rather small, with only 18 seats, and the price is somewhat more expensive than the average. Expect to pay ¥6,000 and over (there is a ¥1,500 service charge). But it is definitely worth the go if you are seeking an upscale bar experience in Ginza.

Bar Tiare

There is a ¥700 cover charge here and the drinks are about ¥1,300 each. The specialty here is cocktails made with seasonal fruits, so the menu changes depending on what is available. An item may be just served for two weeks, which goes to show how particular they are about their cocktails. The other specialty here is whisky. They serve plenty of types from all over the world that are aged 10 years and more. A glass of whisky is about ¥1,000 to ¥1,200.

Ginza Tender

The atmosphere of the place is nice and relaxing but the main reason why people go to this place are the cocktails mixed by the outstanding bartender Ueda san. Sit at the counter and see him shake vigorously the drinks while chatting with patrons and giving a friendly gaze to everyone. You'll be amazed by the smoothness and how easy his cocktails are to drink. This bar is located near the Ginza station on the fifth floor of a building.

Star Bar Ginza

In 2018, Star Bar Ginza made the list of Asia's top 50 bars, ranking in 43rd place! Its leather seats and beautiful counter make for a brilliant place to go have a drink and unwind. It's the kind of place you could easily go to by yourself or with a date of course.

Mr. Hisashi Kishi, the owner and bartender, at the age of 31 was the first Japanese person to ever become champion in a worldwide cocktail competition! As you can imagine, the cocktails are amazing.

Bar Opa Monzennakacho

Classy and authentic, Bar Opa is one of the best places for cocktails in the super quaint area of Monzennakacho in eastern Tokyo. The martinis are especially popular but everything is really good there, including the food menu.

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