May 11, 2018
Bar Tender is one of Tokyo’s now legendary cocktail temples. Kazuo Ueda’s reputation is now considerable, as are the meticulous, impeccable drinks he creates, alchemical concoctions of unparalleled quality these are drinks worth worshipping. To say Ueda is a perfectionist is an understatement. His fastidious approach reaps dividends and his staff know every aspect of the cocktail making process inside out. The bar itself sits on the fifth floor of an office building (opposite a hair salon) and is pretty anonymous from the outside; inside it’s small and intimate, some might even say intimidating, with the focus entirely on the drinks. Only a limited number of people can squeeze in at any one time which just makes the experience seem more special. Take your seat and prepare to watch masters of their art at work.