Albatross Golden Gai
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With its wonderfully kitschy, over-the-top interior adorned with chandeliers, mirrors and nautical odds and ends, Albatross is a true gem comprising three storeys, making it accommodating to larger groups. The menu offers an interesting selection of cocktails made of house-infused spirits, as well as hot sake and wine.
Experiment with your taste buds and go for drinks like the chilli pepper-infused spicy gin buck or the cactus sour (yes, made with the hardy, prickly plant). The bar has an immediate speakeasy feel to it, but there’s also something enchanting about the ruby red walls and rickety staircase that makes you feel as though you’re in a different time and place. There’s a ¥500 cover charge, but it’s well worth it for the experience.
Golden Gai 5-Ban-Gai, 1-1-7 Kabukicho, Shinjuku
|Opening hours:||Fri-Sat 5pm-5am, Sun-Thu 7pm-2am|