By Nick Dwyer
Sip some tasty cocktails while admiring the view
Ao Bldg 5F, 3-11-7 Kita-Aoyama
(0081) 3 3498 0002
It’s funny that one of the coolest new bars in a city that is full of them is run by a Kiwi. Hailing from Auckland, Nathan Smith and his team of expats cut their teeth at the acclaimed Oak Door at the Grand Hyatt and now have this incredibly classy establishment on the 5th floor of the AO Building in Aoyama. As the name would suggest, it’s a restaurant and bar – a fine dining affair backed up by a superb cellar, and then a bar. And oh what a bar it is. I think on my last trip I ended up here every night. Run by Ghanian Edward Baffoe, who is a legend among the finer drinking establishments in town, and staffed by a team of incredibly cool West-Africans, the bar really comes to life on it’s outdoor deck with its incredible views and, as you’d expect, some of the finest cocktails in town.