Bars offering fresh-fruit cocktails have become rather common in Tokyo. But this Ginza bar – whose cheeky name is a play on the word ‘cocktail’ – goes the extra mile by installing a cooler specifically for its seasonal fruit. Rooster even sends out newsletters to its regular customers to introduce new seasonal cocktails.
The best seats in the house are at the narrow seven-seat wooden counter, where you get to watch owner-bartender Yoshiteru Imamura whip up one of his original creations. We highly recommend the Yellow Ribbon Splash; this ice-blended cocktail is a refreshing take on lemonade, where candied lemon peels are added to the gin base for extra punch.
Despite being surrounded by countless bars – Ginza is Tokyo’s watering hole after all – Rooster stands out with its wide variety of food offerings, which means you can have your cocktail with keema curry and even omurice. Dinner and drinks, sorted.