SIP at SG Club
Jan 25, 2019
Sip is one of the two Tokyo bars located in the trendy SG club complex. Situated just beyond the main drag of Shibuya in Tokyo in an enclave with an off-beat, alternative vibe, Sip is the subterranean sister of Guzzle Club. The vibe harks back to Manhattan speakeasies with plenty of exposed wood, Art Deco lampshades and superbly dressed bartenders complete with vintage bowties. The bar also has Japanese-inspired notes which produce a sublime fusion of east and west. Sip is a perennial favourite of those looking to enjoy a romantic date night, indulge in boozy debates with friends or entertain a potential business partner.
Start off your evening upstairs in the livelier and brighter Guzzle Club and ask the friendly staff to let you know when there are seats available at Sip. Be aware that although affiliated, the bars have separate menus and prices and you must settle your tab at Guzzle before descending the stairs to Sip for your evening of kitsch cocktails and vintage vibes.
The menu at Sip is creative and sophisticated. Drinks are a little on the pricey side but this reflects the artistry of the mixologists and the use of high-quality ingredients. A perennial highlight of the menu is the Natural Unnatural Wine. What first appears to be a glass of white wine is, in fact, an intricately created concoction of gin Yerba Mate, passion fruit and green apple. Asian influences are prevalent on the menu as well as in the décor. The On a Slow Boat to China is a delicate cocktail of jasmine, lychee and dragon fruit brought to life with a sizeable helping of rum.
This bar in Tokyo is the brainchild of cocktail aficionado Shingo Gokan who is well-known on the Shanghai nightlife scene. This is his team’s first foray into the Japanese market and is thus far winning over locals and tourists alike.