Nishi-Azabu: Bar
Qwang (Nishi-Azabu: Bar)
Open 6pm-1am. Closed Sundays.
late: Open late
decor: Notable decor

Adventurous cocktails are the draw at this stylish basement bar in Nishi-Azabu, accompanied by a decent menu of Thai-inspired snacks. Mellow sixties-era jazz plays on the sound system, the lighting is subdued, and the atmosphere is very laid back - the perfect setting for a late evening drink or two.

There are a couple dozen original cocktails to choose from, typically with very distinctive flavors. Many of them explore complex herbal combinations, such as the Mezcal Turmeric Cooler (Mezcal, turmeric syrup, lemon, bitters and soda) and the Moon Child (Japanese plum liqueur, Fernet Branca and tonic).

You'll also find augmented versions of more familiar drinks like a Moscow Mule with home-made ginger beer and a Gibson made with Monkey 47 gin and home-made pickled onion. The Cynar Sling is based on a Singapore Sling but livened up with artichoke liqueur.

The food is a cut above your usual bar fare; some standouts from a recent visit were the deep-fried shrimp-paste canapes and a spicy minced pork salad with mint leaves (and a big chunk of raw cabbage to munch on). The stir-fried rice with crabmeat is good late-night comfort food.

Drinks are generally priced between Y1,500 and Y2,000, while most of the food items run Y1,400-1,700 per dish, with a 10% cover charge overall.

Minato-ku, Nishi-Azabu 3-1-18, RD Nishi-Azabu B1F.
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Venue listing from Bento.com5 Star Rating: highly recommended