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We've all been there: be it trouble with work, love or just life in general, you feel like everything has turned against you and there's nowhere to go but down. Not to worry – few are the problems that can't be improved over a fine cocktail, mixed by a true master of the craft and enjoyed while leaning over a smooth wooden counter. No matter how heavy your thoughts, a visit to one of these Tokyo bars will help you cheer up, bounce back and take on the world. 15 spots perfect for solo imbibing: take your pick and get ready for an evening of wondrously calm boozing, free from fake smiles, contrived compliments and the same old conversations. And if you'd rather look for a date spot, check out our top Tokyo bars with a view.
Venues curated by Tamasaburau. Photos by Kisa Toyoshima and Keisuke Tanigawa