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 five distinct bars; Bar 80s serves up a wide variety of draught and bottled beers from Australia and Japan, plus local and international wine and its fun cocktail menu features an espresso martini slushie. Kohaku Bar and Rokit are similarly generalist and stay open all the time.
Bar Lonely and Yama are open less often. The former offers more than 100 different types of whisky and a string of canned beers for boilermakers (beer cocktails, often with whiskey). The distinguished Yama hosts DJs from 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, and can also be hired out for private events.
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 tonkatsu hotdogs.