Talkin' Loud
Yotsuya 3-chome: Sake bar
Talkin' Loud (Yotsuya 3-chome: Sake bar)
Talkin' Loud
Open 6pm-midnight. Closed Sundays.
no smoking: No smoking

It's finally here, the world's first acid-jazz sake bar, playing an invigorating soundtrack of early-nineties acid jazz and triphop while pouring an impressive mix of rare-groove premium sake. The fifty or sixty bottles in the fridge include many seasonal brews and small batches from artisanal producers around the country, with some bottles that you probably won't find anywhere else in Tokyo.

There's no menu though - this is the kind of place where the proprietor learns your taste in sake (in Japanese) and makes recommendations. The small but well-constructed food menu is designed to go with sake, with umami-rich dishes like the excellent fugu-roe pasta, roast pork in shio-koji, and potato salad. Since this is a one-man operation, you may have to wait a bit for your food when it's crowded.

There are just six seats at the counter and three small tables, with a big window looking out onto the alleyway in front. The proprietor here, Taro Ishida, is a veteran of a similarly well-stocked sake bar around the corner called All That Jazz. (Talkin' Loud is named after the legendary London-based acid-jazz record label, started in 1990 by Gilles Peterson.) Most sake are priced at Y500-700 per serving, while food is around Y600-800 per dish.

Yotsuya 3-chome
Shinjuku-ku, Arakicho 8.
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