Efflore Ginza 5 Bldg, BF 5-4-15 Ginza Chuo-ward, 104-0061 Tokyo, Japan
It's high fives all round for this sleek, low-lit bar, which has received widespread acclaim thanks to the drive of owner Hidetsugu Ueno. A move to new (larger) premises two years previously has done nothing to dampen the bartender's fire with the same inspired approach to cocktails, plus a 200-strong whisky list that wins praise from across the region. Ueno's Bellinis, Singapore Slings, Martinis and his signature White Lady remain a benchmark, while classics such as Ceremony – J's whisky, green tea liqueurs, and matcha bitters – and Bamboo are as popular as ever.
High Five is The Best Bar in Japan 2019, sponsored by Nikka Whisky.