For the trio behind Heya Bar, Tokyo’s Golden Gai district has it all. It’s a place filled with hidden bars, where any night of the week you can stumble in and watch an up-and-coming live music act, play some pool with mates, or order a round of late-night savoury snacks. At Heya they’ve condensed this variety into a single handy location.
The venue houses pool tables, pinball machines and four distinct bars. Bars Rokit and Kohaku are open all the time. They serve a wide variety of draught and bottled beers from Australia and Japan, plus local and international wines. But if you’re really drinking in the spirit of Golden Gai, go for a light, fruity cocktail or boozy frozen slushie.
Yama and Tiki Tiki Gai are open less often. The distinguished Yama is mainly used for events such as comedy and live music. As the name suggests, Tiki Tiki Gai is a Tiki bar – yep, inside a Japanese venue – doing all the things you'd expect from a regular Tiki joint.
Heya’s pan-Asian street food menu works just as well for dinner as it does for late night snacks. While it’s updated every six months, you can expect to dig into the likes of cheeseburger spring rolls and Karaage popcorn chicken.