What’s Tokyo’s trendy tipple?

If you think ‘sake’ dominates the Tokyo drinking scene, think again. Not only Bill Murray indulges in a drop of whisky in the Japanese capital. Over the last decade, the drink’s reputation has experienced a meteoric rise, reports the New York Times. Connoisseurs are even talking about downtown Tokyo being the best place to drink whisky, 9000 kilometers away from the Scottish Highlands, which previously held the metaphorical trophy.

One of the best known specialist bars is Shot Bar Zoetrope (homepage2.nifty.com/zoetrope) which offers an extensive selection of whisky from Japan’s distilleries. The cinephile owner, Atushi Honigami, screens silent movies on the back wall. Try the Yoichi or Ichiro Single Malts.

Nikka Blender’s Bar (5-4-31 Minami Aoyama, Minato) in the basement of Nikka Whisky’s headquarters, only offers its own whiskies but an interesting touch is the chance to blend your personal creation from five single malts and one grain whisky.

If you’d like to try the whisky that ‘Bob-san’ (Bill Murray) was advertising in Lost in Translation, the Hibiya Bar Whiskey-S (Kaneko Building, 3-3-9 Ginza, Chuo-ku;) serves whiskies selected exclusively from Suntory’s distilleries, one of the oldest companies in the distribution of alcoholic beverages in Japan.

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