Efflore Ginza 5 Bldg. BF 5-4-15 Ginza Chuo-ward, 104-0061 Tokyo
Hidetsugu Ueno’s High Five turned 10 years old in the summer of 2018 and, though so much has changed over the years – including the address – everything that makes it one of The World’s 50 Best Bars is solidly intact.
Ueno is the master of technique who changes his shake and his shaker according to the cocktail. He’s the man without a menu who will make you one of his legendary White Ladies if you like, or discuss some parameters and concoct something unexpected. Negroni lovers need to try his ‘black’ version, with Fernet Branca where the Campari usually goes, and everyone should try a Full Bloom — a blend of maraschino and sakura liqueurs adjusted to whichever liquor and style you like.
High Five is an essential stop on the global cocktail tour and a fixture on this list, so it’s become the most international bar in the neighbourhood with trilingual staff serving a united nations of visitors.