New York Bar ニューヨーク バ ー(Tokyo)

Location: Tokyo, Japan
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku (Park Hyatt Tokyo, 52nd floor)

We decided to visit New York Bar on a Saturday night to check out the iconic venue featured in Lost in Translation, where Bill Murray’s character Bob goes to at nights to reflect and enjoy a drink.

Located in the bustling Shinjuku area, at the top of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, it’s a calming jazz club environment with a great live band playing that night. In fact, the singer was an American that flew in for the performance.

We each paid a cover charge of ¥2,200 and were led to a table right beside the band and in front of large windows offering an amazing view of Tokyo city. Unfortunately, iPhones aren’t known for their great night time pictures but the ones below give you an idea of what we saw.

Since we had already eaten dinner, we only had drinks; although we couldn’t help finishing off the bowl of Japanese rice cracker and nuts they gave us to snack on. While my husband was boring and just stuck with scotch (14-year Clynelish for ¥1,800), I tried a few of their cocktails. To begin, the classic French 75 (¥1,800) an easy going champagne cocktail made with Tanqueray No.10 (gin) and lemon and lime juices. Arriving in a martini glass without the champagne, at first I was shocked with the small drink size. A moment later, the waiter returns with a bottle of champagne to top it up. As always, a sparkly refreshing drink to start the night.

Afterwards, I had to try their L.I.T. martini (¥1,900) named after the movie. A very easy going fruity drink made with sake, sakura (cherry blossom) liqueur, peach schnapps and cranberry juice. In looking around, most tourists appeared to be drinking the same popular drink.

Lastly, my favourite drink of the night, the Monkey 52 (¥1,900), an interesting mix of Monkey 47 (gin), elder flower syrup, cucumber juice and lime. Personally, I love when cocktails use cool cucumber juice and floral elder flower syrup so this was the drink for me.

All in all, we stayed there for about two hours that night and thoroughly enjoyed the music, view and found this to be a great opportunity to reflect on the highlights of our trip. If you don’t mind paying a little more for drinks, New York Bar is a great night time venue; especially if clubbing is not your cup of tea. 

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