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Gen Yamamoto

Anniversary Building 1F 1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku


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This hard-to-find cocktail bar is the sort of place that makes Tokyo’s nightlife scene exciting and full of surprises. Gen Yamamoto is a Tokyoite who spent eight years training in New York’s cocktail scene before returning home to open his eponymous bar. Tucked on a side street in a quiet neighborhood, Gen Yamamato features only eight seats around a beautiful wooden counter. Gen, mixologist, maître d’ and bar manager all at once, never leaves his spot behind the bar, crafting cocktails for patrons who reverently sip their drinks while watching him mash, mix, microwave and create the innovative cocktails for which he is becoming famous. The menu is short and changes seasonally; in the winter for instance, drinks include quince, fennel and kumquat mixed with a variety of sochus and sakes. Go for a flight to fully appreciate the artistry behind each cocktail.

Written by Janine Yu

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