There's no better place to get sozzled than the bars of Tokyo, whether you're in the mood for a carefully calibrated concoction or good old whiskey and jazz.
This understated neighborhood bar hosts live music while you sip on extraordinary drinks, like this tall gin fizz made from a base of herbaceous, refreshing German gin. 1-5-8 Ebisunishi, Shibuya; +81 03 3780-5291
Make it at home: In a shaker, mix 2 ounces of Monkey 47 gin, 1 oz. simple syrup, 1 oz. cream, ½ oz. each lime juice and lemon juice, and 1 egg white. Add a dash of orange bitters and shake hard. Strain over ice in a highball glass and fill to the brim with soda water.
Bar Gen Yamamoto
This unfiltered sake cocktail, featured in Gen Yamamoto’s six-drink tasting menu, is spiked with Japan’s gorgeous yayoi hime strawberries and a touch of fennel. 1-6-4 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku; +81 03 6434-0652
This Scandinavian-tinged hangout serves great coffee all day long and modern, unfussy cocktails at night. Try a stirred Dry & Wet made with a ginlike liquor and a kiss of yuzu. 1-16-11 Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku; +81 03 3481-0884
Bar High Five
Once you find this small spot—tucked into an office building—ask for a Japanese whiskey cocktail spiked with green tea bitters. 7-2-14 No. 26 Polestar Building, Chuo Ginza; +81 03 3571-5815
The Moscow Mule is the specialty at this smoky jazz bar hidden away in a Ginza office building. Fizzing with ginger beer (made in-house with sweet-hot Japanese ginger), it’s delicious. 2-9-22 Eiko Shimo-Kitazawa Building B1F; +81 03 2906-8082