If you like your drinks shaken, stirred and everything in between, then gear up for some seriously crafty cocktails. Tokyo's first full-scale cocktail fest, Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days, takes over 60 of the city’s watering holes for a week from 22 to 28 May. Nimble-fingered mixologists will whip up inventive creations inspired by the theme 'Classic vs Futuristic', embracing cocktails from 1847 to 2047, tapping into past, present and future.
Buy an advance ticket for ¥3,500 (¥5,000 on the day) – dubbed a Cocktail Passport – to enjoy special prices on both old-school faves and innovative one-off concoctions, with freebies, discounts and ‘tail-themed talks. You’ll even join the draw to score an invite to a 'secret' party.
Sipping action centres around Shibuya’s industrial-hip Weekend Garage Tokyo, branded the Village for the festival and its main ticket exchange site. This laidback café, decorated with cars, motorbikes, pushbikes and surfboards, is normally known for tasty food, an airy patio, live gigs and local DJ sessions. Here pass-holders can sample six types of branded-spirit cocktails for free at a pop-up bar, including Beefeater, Grand Marnier, Hendrick’s Gin, Ketel One, Tumugi and Woodford Reserve. The Garage will also host daily mini-seminars and the after-party bash.
Top venues involved, all offering deals on classic and futuristic cocktails, include Shinjuku’s Benfiddich, Shibuya’s Ishinohana, Bars Tram and Trench, and XEX Daikanyama, and Minato’s Tokyo Whisky Library, and Algernon Sinfonia.
22-28 May, 2017
Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days / cocktail7days.com
Village at Weekend Garage Tokyo / 1-1 Daikanyama Cho / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 5428 5751 / 11.30am-11.30pm daily / weekendgaragetokyo.jp
Benfiddich / Yamatoya Bldg / 1-13-7 Nishishinjuku / Shinjuku-ku / +81 3 6279 4223 / 6pm-3am Mon-Sat / facebook.com
Ishinohana / 3-6-2 Shibuya / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 5485 8405 / 6pm-2am Mon-Sat / ishinohana.com
Bars Tram and Trench / DIS Bldg / 1-5-8 Ebisunishi / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3780 5291 / 7pm-2am Mon-Sat, 6pm-1am Sun / small-axe.net
XEX Daikanyama / 3/F / 11-1 Sarugakucho / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3476 0065 / 5.30pm-4am Mon-Sat, 5.30pm-midnight Sun / xexgroup.jp
Tokyo Whiskey Library / 2/F / 5-5-24 Minamiaoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 6434 1163 / 6pm-3am Mon-Sat; 5pm-midnight Sun / tokyo-whisky-library.com
Algernon Sinfonia / 3/F / 3-10-6 Akasaka / Minato-ku / +81 3 3586 0535 / 5.30pm-midnight Mon-Thu & Sat, 5.30pm-2am Fri / atcf.jp