5 Best Japanese Bars
We've done Mexican and today, we're focusing on all things oriental. It might be all about the K-Wave now, but you've got to admit- there's no other country quite like Japan. From its stunning cuisine to its breathtaking scenery, to its deeply rooted traditions juxtaposed against the cutting edge modernness we've grown to expect, you understand why it is one of the most visited countries in the world- and we've just barely scratching the surface here. Japan is one of those countries you just can't get enough of, so since we can't all fly there on a whim, check out these 5 Japanese bars right here in Singapore that'll do until you're back.
There is nothing more uniquely Japanese than its izakaya culture- casual, laid-back joints where stressed salarymen let loose over sake and beer and delicious grilled bites. With an extensive drinks list featuring cocktails with a Japanese twist and a kitchen that stays open until the wee hours, Koi Izakaya located on Ann Siang is the perfect place to duck into on a Tuesday.
There can be no article about Japanese bars without mentioning Kinki- which has also made it onto our list for being one of our favourite rooftop bars. In a city as densely populated as Singapore, it feels good getting above it all every once in a while and Kinki is just the place to do it. The fabulous food served at the restaurant downstairs makes this establishment the perfect one-stop shop for after work dinner and drinks- fresh sushi and sashimi first, refreshing yuzu mojitos after.
For those of you who prefer the simple brew over complicated cocktails, there's always JiBiru. As its name suggests, the little joint conveniently located just behind 313 Somerset stocks more than just the usual Asahi and Sapporo, and is the place to sample the finest in Japanese beer. We love how the menu is not fixed, with different brews coming and going- which always keeps things exciting.
$5 drinks and bar bites? Yes please. Aptly named (or aptly priced), this is yet another Japanese bar that has to make it onto this list. Prices aside, we love how its conveniently located along Collyer Quay, catering to a mostly expat Japanese crowd- how's that for authenticity? Plus, amidst the concrete buildings of Raffles Place, you can just almost imagine you're in Tokyo.
When you think Japan, you definitely think sake and if you're a fan, San Sui is the place to drink it. Choose from any of the 35 types that will go perfectly with their fresh, mouthwatering grilled meats and seafood or any of their unique signature cocktails- all with a Japanese twist, of course. Located at One Fullerton, we'd recommend the al fresco section for a front row view of the Marina Bay Sands light show and cooling riverside breeze.