July 04


Great Balls of Fiery Okinawan Spirits

Up four flights of stairs in Shimokitazawa is this drinkery I don’t know the name of, but it’s got a killer light-up bar and specializes in an Okinawan spirit called awamori. Made from Thai rice, awamori is not for the weak. It packs a 60-86 proof punch and is traditionally served with ice and water. But like shōchū, it’s rumored that even if you get yourself around enough that the next day photos of you doing the hula with a flower in your bellybutton show up all over the interwebs, you won’t have a hangover. (Um, test this at your own risk…!)

Even beer takes on an exotic glow at this place!

If you’d like to visit Shimo-kitazawa the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map ison my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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