Lamp Bar

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26 Tsunofuricho, 1F Iseya Bldg, Nara, 630-8224 Nara Prefecture, Japan

This cosy bar flew under the radar until owner Michito Kaneko was named best bartender in the world in 2015 at Diageo’s World Class competition. Appearances at global events have followed, but most nights he still stands behind the bar at his snug drinking den, which is decorated with antique lamps and vintage suitcases. There's no menu – Kaneko chats to customers before mixing a drink to their tastes, from yuzu gin and tonic to Old Fashioneds made with Ron Zacapa, but if you're unsure, try his favourite – the gimlet.