Yushima's finest old-school watering hole was named by scientist, inventor and discerning drinker Kinichiro Sakaguchi, but the heart and soul of the place has always been bartender Akio Watanabe. Now well over 80 but as active as ever, this veteran of the Tokyo bar scene has served literary greats like Yukio Mishima over a career spanning almost half a century. Trying to make out the labels on the rare bottles hidden behind the counter is part of the experience at Est, as is striking up conversation with the jovial Mr Watanabe.
3-45-3 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku
|Opening hours:||6pm-12midnight / closed Sun|
|Transport:||Yushima Station (Chiyoda line); Okachimachi Station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku lines)|