Drinking down Azabu-Juban's heart

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE Aug 24, 2007

Drinking down Azabu-Juban's heart

by Jude Brand

Azabu-Juban may be changing superficially at street level, located as it is in a valley behind the plush residential/ commercial complex Roppongi Hills, but the best of what's on offer there is still to be found behind closed doors — doors that can at ...

A lounge bar for the people

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE Jul 27, 2007

A lounge bar for the people

by Jude Brand

One of Naka-Meguro's best features is the Meguro River. And though, like most of Tokyo's inner-city waterways, its riverbed has been concreted to aid with storm drainage, the banks are topped with cobbled walkways and planted with mile upon mile of cherry trees. The ...

Sangenjaya's warm afterglow

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE May 25, 2007

Sangenjaya's warm afterglow

by Jude Brand

Astrophysicists may bicker over whether the universe is exploding or imploding, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that in the microcosmic world of Tokyo, expansion is the overriding force at work. Proof of this would be clearly visible from space — ...

A little R&R for cosplay casualties

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE Apr 27, 2007

A little R&R for cosplay casualties

by Jude Brand

Cosplay has become an integral part of Japan's booming manga culture. The term generally refers to the practice of dressing up like your favorite pop-culture icon or a character from an animation or comic; think of a Trekkie convention, but with an even wider ...

Rooms with a top-class view

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE Nov 24, 2006

Rooms with a top-class view

by Jude Brand

Mado Lounge sits on the 52nd floor of the Mori Tower Building in the Roppongi Hills complex. As the last stop at the top of the structure, it is a fitting location for the building's official City View attraction. For 1,500 yen, a whisper-quiet ...

Sounds and surrounds of high rank

Food & Drink | BEST BAR NONE Sep 22, 2006

Sounds and surrounds of high rank

by Jude Brand

Cyril Roy is a natural-born barman. Like any professional, he makes it look easy. When he arrived in Japan six years ago, Tokyo's pub culture was bloated with English- and Irish-styled establishments serving classic and micro-brewed quaffs on tap. But Roy landed squarely on ...