WHY HERE: Bar High Five is located in the well-heeled Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo, but finding it can still take some sleuthing. Once inside, you’ll know the trip was well worth the effort. The super-stacked backbar is a stunner, and the rapt attention of celebrated barkeep Hidetsugu Ueno feels downright flattering.
WHY NOW: There’s no bartender that embodies the sophisticated style of Tokyo bartending more than 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 any traveling imbiber should seek out.