Formerly an espresso bar and cafe in Yoyogi Uehara, Bar Chelsea now operates as a small speakeasy in Shinsen that specialises in craft gin. Though the bar had an extensive collection of botanical spirits at its former location, it has expanded its collection to feature roughly 500 kinds of gin from around the world.
The bar's ambience is reminiscent of a classic speakeasy, with dim, low-hanging ceiling lights, a dark wooden counter, and soulful music playing in the background. If you're unfamiliar with the intricacies of gin, don't fret – the bartender possesses a wealth of knowledge and can help you find a perfect match based on your preferences.
The selection ranges from Japanese labels like gyokuro and tencha tea-infused Ki No Tea gin from Kyoto to the organic Italian Engine gin with notes of sage and damask rose. Most of the drinks are priced at ¥1,400, and there’s also a selection of beer and wine for those who aren’t in the mood for hard spirits.