WHY HERE: Bar High Five is located in the well-heeled Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo but can still take some sleuthing to find. Once inside, you’ll know the trip was well worth the effort. The super stacked back bar is a stunner, and the rapt attention of celebrated barkeep Hidetsugu Ueno feels downright flattering. There’s no menu exactly, but you won’t need one: Ueno knows what you want to drink better than you do. WHY NOW: There’s no bartender that embodies the gentile, sophisticated style of Tokyo bartending (hand-carved ice, the hard shake) more than Mr. Ueno—he’s truly a man of his craft. The opportunity to see him work behind the bar is an art form unto itself and one that all tippling enthusiasts who care about meticulous drinks should seek out pronto.
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