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RECORD BAR analog: the BEST music bar in Tokyo with a retro vibe [PR]

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Looking for an outstanding place to enjoy music played on top-quality vintage turntables, speakers and amps? Then RECORD BAR analog in Shibuya, central Tokyo is a must-go!

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Tokyo's top bar for audiophiles: RECORD BAR analog

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Located a short walk from Shibuya Station, RECORD BAR analog is definitely one of the best venues in Tokyo to enjoy music. The concept of the bar was to make a space where audiophiles can gather in a comfortable atmosphere and listen to the purest music played on vintage turntables. Naturally, the sound system is amazing, but good drinks are another reason to go there.

High-quality vintage equipment

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The music is played through vintage Altec speakers and amps, and the records are played on a Garrard 301 turntable that was specifically made for the BBC in the 1950s. With this outstanding equipment, you get enveloped by music with the best sound quality imaginable.
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Great quality sound has to be paired, of course, with a good music selection. At RECORD BAR analog, there's a collection of over 1,000 records ranging from retro Japanese city pop to current hip hop. What's played depends on the crowd on any particular evening.

Browse and request

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What's really nice is that you're welcome to browse through the record collection, and if you find something you want to hear, you can even ask the staff to play a song for you.

While you're listening to the great music, here are some of the stand out drinks you might want to try.

Analog Mojito

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The Analog Mojito is really nice! They use a special kind of sugar that gives a deeper taste to the rum, and the mint used is from Cuba, which has a stronger, more refreshing taste than spearmint. The Analog Mojito is fragrant and has some punch.

Cucumber Gin Tonic

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The gin tonic is the house's recommended drink. They have two versions of it. The cucumber one pictured above is made from Hendrick's Gin, which is infused with a variety of herbs and botanicals. It also includes some Bulgarian rose, which gives it a distinctive rose flavour. Cucumber slices are then added to it to further enhance the refreshing taste.

Pink Gin Tonic

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Their other popular gin tonic is this pink one made from Gordon's Premium Pink gin. The gin itself has a raspberry flavour. To give it a more pronounced berry taste and to make it a bit pinker, some redcurrants and raspberries are added, too.

Sake Highball

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For a taste of Japan, try this sake highball. It's an interesting drink you're unlikely to see anywhere else. It's made from muni, a kind of Japanese sake liqueur that has a blue tint. Once you have a sip of it you'll feel the fresh sake taste spread in your mouth.

Princess Highball

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This highball made from apricot brandy is one of the most popular ones. Apricot brandy has a high alcohol content, but when made into this highball by adding some sparkling water and a little cream, it's surprisingly easy to drink.

Agwa Ginger Mojito

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For a different twist on the mojito, try this Agwa-based one! Agwa is a Bolivian liqueur made from a blend of coca leaves and over 30 other herbs and botanicals. The herbal taste is accentuated by some added mint, and the ginger ale adds a nice sweetness and gingery taste.

Melon Soda With Ice Cream

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For those with a sweet tooth, rest assured because analog has this melon soda float. Melon soda is a popular kind of soft drink in Japan. You should give it a try if you haven't already. They have this one in either green or red melon soda.

As you can see, RECORD BAR analog is worth a visit just for the drinks as alone!

Nice place to go in a group or by yourself

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The interior is designed based on the retro Japanese 'sunakku' (a kind of cozy bar from the Showa Era). With tables and even some sofa seats, RECORD BAR analog is the perfect venue to enjoy the evening in a group.
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If you go by yourself, you can always sit at the counter. Because of the laid back vibe, it's pretty easy to strike up a conversation here with other music lovers.

In closing...

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Whether you go for the music, the drinks, or the atmosphere, you'll love this place! Already the word seems to be getting out as there are plenty of great reviews online.

Note that there is a service fee of ¥500 per person, but you'll be served some snacks in exchange. This is a common system in Japan called "otoshi".
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