We love Japanese bars more than just about anything. Some of the best have only half a dozen seats, like this punk joint we visited last summer in Tokyo’s Golden Gai district. In the nation’s capital, Cole Lubchenko of Metropolis stops by Tokyo Whisky Library.
Since it opened in 2016, the Omotesando bar and lounge, which looks like Bruce Wayne shacked up with Sam Malone, has amassed a collection of some 1,000 imported and domestic bottles. Its whiskey menu runs to almost 100 pages, more than half of them devoted to Scotch.
Rites of spring
Oh, TWL does cocktails, too. If you’re going anytime soon, its seasonal springsound is “a delicate blend of whiskey from Miyagi Prefecture, Cherry Heering liqueur, okra, kelp tea with plum, egg white, honey, lemon and umami bitters,” Lubchenko says. “It is a subtle and sweet blend of Japanese ingredients to create a wholly singular cocktail.” One may not be enough.