May 11, 2018
Is this is what happens when you cross Japanese urban cool with a skateboard park? Ozu is such a blast apart from the other bars along this Hollywood Road/Wyndham Street strip that even if you’re not into old skool hip hop or street style, you’ll appreciate the ways in which it tries to be a bit different. The atmosphere is laid back in keeping with the ethos of the place that eschews guests lists or members privileges and just wants to be a place for friends to hang out. While the walls are covered with spray paint murals and tags, the focus here isn’t solely on graffiti and phat beats. Japanese whisky and sake are given careful attention and cocktails using some of the finest are offered. Twenty different sakes are on the list to suit a range of palates, with some of the eight speciality cocktails putting them to good use, too. They include the Shogun Assassin that uses sake, midori and green chartreuse, and Ozu’s signature cocktail, The King’s Drink (sake, gin, green tea and lime juice), served in a teapot that almost looks like a genie’s lamp. Grilled skewers are the mainstay of bar snacks. Seating in limited to the edges of this former bijou art gallery space, so when the beats are turned up during the evenings the place gets a groove going that’s more like a underground club.
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