According to the laws of physics, time travel in the real world is impossible, but the physicists who say so obviously have never been to a certain bar in trendy Ebisu. The moment you step through the door, you are instantly transported to an extra-dimensional space that exists somewhere between Van Gogh’s Paris of the late 1800s and the main bar at the Waldorf-Astoria circa 1905.
Welcome to Bar Trench, the coolest bar ever. This place just oozes style and refinement, starting with the mahogany wood interior and moody down spots. Then there’s the attention to detail, exquisite as it is absolute: the coasters with drinking quotes from famous boozers such as Hemingway and Sinatra. The turn-of-the-century billet-style menus. The chocolate-covered anise and coriander seed bar snacks. The antique pewter absinthe spoons and fountain used to serve several varieties of distilled wormwood. The old-school uniforms worn by the staff with their meticulous coiffures.
And there’s the cocktails. Utterly unique (e.g., the South Americano, made of Gran Classico, Antica Formula and aged Cachaça) and based on recipes of a bygone era, they are the centerpiece of this teatro de alcohol and are blended using small-batch craft spirits such as Monkey 47 gin and a plethora of handmade bitters. But the real magic comes from the sage barkeeps (which is sort of like calling Einstein a mere “scientist”), whose encyclopedic knowledge of alcohol will keep your ears as entertained as your mouth and mind.