May 11, 2018
Imagine a serene place in the middle of the hustle, bustle, and bright lights of Tokyo where you can gently slip into a calm world of cocktails and wine, leaving the frenetic city temporarily behind. Those who have spent any time in the Japanese capital know that these type of venues are a cherished, albeit rare, treat. Luckily for us all, Bar Noir is the latest example of this special type of space, and has been turning heads with its combination of cocktail-making prowess and power to transport you to another place ever since its opening. From the moment you pass under the black awning on the street with the words “Bar Noir” displayed in stylish script, you know you are in for an elegant escape, and once inside, the decor re-enforces things in spades. A dark wood bar, low light, mahogany chairs, and crystal pouring jugs envelope you upon your entry, and once you have a drink in your hand, the world outside slips further and further away with every sip you take. The bar staff dresses as dapper as the drinks they pour, and the menu features many cocktails with plush ingredients such as champagne and fresh-muddled fruit, while still others are served in specially-shaped custom glasses. Bar Noir stays open late into the wee hours, so you’ll be able to delay your return to the real world until nearly daybreak.