Festina Lente
Okubo: Bar
Festina Lente (Okubo: Bar)
Festina Lente
Open 1pm-4am daily.
late: Open late
Sun: Open Sundays

A change of pace from the down-home Korean restaurants and boisterous makkoli bars surrounding it, Festina Lente has ambitions to be a proper cocktail bar. The barman operates his shaker with just the right degree of vigor, and he understands the importance of pre-icing your glass before the pour. On the downside, a very simple drink might take five minutes to arrive even when it's not busy.

Along with standard and exotic cocktails you'll find Belgian beers and some nice Japanese sake on the menu, along with a basic food menu. The atmosphere is quite chilled-out, and you can relax late into the night if you're so inclined, as they don't close until four or five. In keeping with neighborhood customs, the background music is K-pop shown on a big-screen TV.

[Y300 cover charge; cafe time 1-6pm; bar time 6pm-4am.]

Shinjuku-ku, Okubo 1-16-21 3F.
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