I don’t really have a high tolerance for alcohol — in fact, one of my friends once pointed out I can’t drink, period. But, I do like the atmosphere of the bar — especially the ones with the spectacular night view. Makes me want to grab my camera and go.
I had dinner at Andaz Tokyo, a hotel in Toranomon Hills in Minato ward, Tokyo. Afterward, we went up to Rooftop Bar, located on the 52nd floor.
I’ve been to a couple of high rise rooftop bars when I was living in Bangkok, Thailand, but this was my first time here in Tokyo. I was excited to say the least!
Once you reach the 52nd floor, there’s a rather long, chic hallway leading to the bar.
I believe this is a bench…? Shaped like a dinosaur skeleton.
Inside the bar was quite spacious, with a high ceiling. Things that are artificial and inorganic co-exist with old-fashioned stuff, as a result creating a strangely warm atmosphere.
My sister had made a reservation, so we had a luxury of sitting right beside the window. The sofa and table were simple and homey, making me feel like I’m visiting someone’s house.
The sofa has a high back, so you’ll feel secluded and secure. You don’t really hear other people’s voices or sounds. We could smell cigar smoke, however — but we soon got used to it.
A perfect view of Tokyo skyline was spread before us. We could also see the Tokyo SkyTree tower toward the left.
I ordered a cocktail called Kiyohime Amazake (1,850 yen), with Grey Goose Poire, matcha powder, “amazake” (sweet fermented rice drink) and yuzu citrus.
It tasted great, but I soon found it to be a bit too strong for me. The ice didn’t melt — probably because it was perfectly round and big! — so I couldn’t dilute it either. I actually didn’t know until later, but Grey Goose Poire is actually a pear-flavored vodka from France. No wonder I liked the taste — I have a weak spot for vodka-based cocktails!
The drink came with nuts coated with “umeboshi” plums. The waiter casually brought some more when he realized we had eaten most of it. I liked how — unlike lots of chic hotels in Tokyo — the staff here actually smiles and is friendly.
A perfect bar to go to when you want to drink and chat with your special someone. Remember to make a reservation, especially if you’d like to sit by the window and take in the gorgeous night view of Tokyo metropolis.
|Address||1-23-4 Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo|
|Hours||5 p.m. – 1 a.m. (next day)|
*For terrace seats, a seating charge of 2,000 yen + tax will be applied. No seating charge until 20:00.