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This section covers bars specializing in whiskey, bourbon, umeshu or other drinks.

Specialty drinks

ZuZu - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
The smart drink list offers eleven choices of popular umeshu like Saika and Kakutama, plus a few liqueurs based on anzu (apricot), yuzu and even decopon (the orange-tangerine hybrid). Lots of...
Open 6pm-3am (LO) daily.
Hazelburn - Bar: Shinjuku Kabukicho
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Hazelburn offers an impressive line-up of Scottish whiskies, along with English draft ales and well-prepared Scottish and English pub food.
Open 6pm-3am (5am Fri, Sat) daily.
Zoetrope - Bar: Nishi-Shinjuku
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays, some Monday.
Perhaps the best bar in the world for Japanese whiskey, with some 300 varieties available, including some rare bottles that are no longer sold in stores. They also serve craft beers from Osaka's...
Open 7pm-4am. Closed Sundays, some Monday.
Smokehouse - American: Harajuku
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
There's great American-style barbecue and a nice collection of a dozen craft beers to wash it down at this cozy bar-restaurant located halfway along Cat Street. Weekday lunches start at Y1000, and...
Open 11:30am-3, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Aquavit Bar - Bar: Gaienmae
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
This very stylish Scandinavian-design lounge features immense Austin Powers-style chairs in which you can plot world domination while you sip on unusual aquavit-based cocktails. They also serve...
Open 6-10pm (LO) daily.
Craftheads - Beer bar: Shibuya
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
There's an excellent range of nineteen craft beers on tap (mostly US and Japanese) at this stylish basement bar, plus some very hard-to-find bottled imports for when you want to splurge. It's also...
Open 5pm-midnight. Closed Mondays.
Los Barbados - Bar: Shibuya
Open 11:45am-1am. Closed Sundays.
Despite its tiny size (just seven seats) and hard-to-find location, Los Barbados offers an impressive list of premium rums and a surprisingly diverse food menu, along with an excellent Afropop...
Open 11:45am-1am. Closed Sundays.
Helmsdale - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
Open 6pm-8am daily.
300 single-malt whiskies, a couple of interesting Scottish ales (Dark Island and Black Cuillin, from Orkney and Skye respectively), and an interesting food menu, including haggis, Welsh rarebit and...
Open 6pm-8am daily.
Tafia - Bar: Nishi-Azabu
Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Officially known as "Rhum et cafe Tafia," this bar's emphasis is more on the rum end of the spectrum, with a breathtaking variety (some 300 bottles) that includes limited-edition labels that you...
Open 5pm-4:30am. Closed Sundays.
Agave - Bar: Roppongi
Open 6:30pm-2am (4am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
Hundreds of tequilas, including tasting flights, served in a cave-like basement. Although it turns into a Roppongi-style pickup bar after 8 or 9pm, it's a bit more relaxed earlier in the evening.
Open 6:30pm-2am (4am Fri, Sat). Closed Sundays.
Mixx Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Mixx is among the first bars in Tokyo to wholeheartedly embrace the trend of molecular mixology. Signature cocktails include the Caprese, spiced tomato juice and vodka topped with mozzarella foam and...
Open 11:30am-1am daily.
Champagne Bar - Bar: Tameike
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
This refurbished bar, hovering over the main lobby of the ANA Hotel, serves several different champagnes by the glass or the bottle, ranging from Y1300 to Y3000 per glass. There's also a limited...
Open 11:30am-11pm daily.
Podo - Korean: Marunouchi
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun-8:30pm) daily.
This lively after-work pub is a great place to try makkoli, the very drinkable Korean version of milky-white nigori ("cloudy") sake. Eleven different types are served, in unexpected flavors like...
Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm (LO; Sat, Sun-8:30pm) daily.
Kanoya Hagiwara - Kyushu: Marunouchi
Open 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
A very casual counter-bar serving food from Kagoshima and further south - satsuma-age (fish cakes), tonkotsu (pork stew), goya kimchee, and of course plenty of shochu.
Open 11am-2:30pm, 5-10:30pm (LO) daily.
Trader Vic's - Bar: Kioicho
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Probably best known in Tokyo for their popular Y6,600 "Champagne Brunch" on Sundays, featuring all the sparkling wine you can drink, Trader Vic's is also has a decent selection of rum at the bar. ...
Open 11:30am-2:30, 5pm-12:30am (LO) daily.
Daichi no Okurimono - Japanese: Ueno
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
There's something self-indulgent and luxurious about an all-you-can-eat buffet, but a natural-foods buffet on the other hand seems positively virtuous - "Eat what you want - it's all good for you." ...
Open 11am-4, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
Screw Driver - Bar: Kichijoji
Open 7pm-4am daily.
This small specialty bar offers the biggest selection of rums in Tokyo, with more than 400 varieties. They also stock 100 kinds of bourbon.
Open 7pm-4am daily.
Speyside Way - Bar: Jiyugaoka
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.
This Jiyugaoka whiskey specialist boasts an astounding list (around 800 varieties), with new bottles arriving almost daily. The bar also features a different "guest beer" on tap weekly. Old-fashioned...
Open 6pm-2am. Closed Tuesdays.
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Updated 2016-09-16