How To Do... Tokyo Cocktail Week

Okay, so Japan may be better known (or forgotten) for its sake, but Tokyo-ites also know how to shake n' stir a mean tipple. 

This year, the city's first full-scale cocktail fest, Tokyo Cocktail 7 Days, will take over 60 watering holes for a week from 22-28 May, with nimble-fingered mixologists whipping up inventive creations inspired by this years' theme 'Classic vs Futuristic', embracing cocktails from 1847 to 2047. 

If you happen to be in town for the event, here's how to get the most out of the highly anticipated libation celebration. 


Sipping action centres around Shibuya’s warehouse-chic Weekend Garage Tokyo, branded the Village for the festival and its main ticket exchange site. Visitors can settle in to the laid back cafe for six variations of branded-spirit cocktails free of charge at a pop-up bar, including Beefeater, Grand Marnier, Hendrick’s Gin, Ketel One, Tumugi and Woodford Reserve. The Garage will also host daily mini-seminars and the after-party bash.


For those looking to sample more of what the city has to offer,  there are also plenty of LUXE-approved venues offering great value deals. Our faves include Shinjuku’s uber-experimental Benfiddich, Shibuya’s seasonally-led Ishinohana, absinthe-enthusiast duo Bar Tram and Bar Trench, swish mixer XEX Daikanyama, Minato’s Tokyo Whisky Library for namesake treats, and tequila-twisting Algernon Sinfonia.



For a taste of all the action, nab an advance ticket for ¥3,500 (¥5,000 on the day) – dubbed a Cocktail Passport – to enjoy special prices on both old-school faves and innovative one-off concoctions, with freebies, discounts and ‘tail-themed talks. You’ll even join the draw to score an invite to a 'secret' party.


This article originally appeared on PenCities.

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Sophie Davies

London-born journalist and travel bug Sophie has spent six years in Melbourne, and is a big fan of its secret laneway restaurants and rooftop bars. 

  • Sophie LOVES... Gallery hopping at the NGV and Heide, snapping street art, discovering pop-ups, cycling, sipping coffee on Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street

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