The News Lens
By: Matthew Fulco
The drink of choice is usually Japanese whiskey, sometimes in innovative cocktails.
Nestled deep in the labyrinthine lanes east of AnHe Road, a luminescent sign in the shape of a target glows red, white, and blue. Look closer and you’ll see that the sign indicates the entrance to a partially hidden bar. Push open the heavy glass door, walk straight in, and the first thing that will strike you is the buzz. The long wooden bar is packed with patrons chatting with the smartly clad bartenders, who effortlessly mix French 75s, Sazaracs, Sidecars, and other classic Prohibition-era cocktails.
The patrons converse with the bartenders as if they’re old friends. There are nods of understanding, handshakes, and the occasional high five followed by a shot. A number of the patrons keep whiskey bottles with their names on them on the shelves in the bar – a Japanese custom – from which they pour a drink or two before moving on to something new. [FULL STORY]