Japan, 〒104-0061 Tōkyō-to, 中央区Ginza, 7-chōme−1, 銀座コリドー通り105
Marugin – The Birthplace of The Japanese Whisky HighballIf you are into Whiskey, then a visit to Tokyo is not complete without paying homage to the birthplace of the Japanese Highball. The place where it all started, Marugin, is an unassuming 'standing only' bar not far from Ginza station. Supported by a smart marketing campaign and the launch of space age looking highball dispensers, Marugin played and still plays a major part in Japan's highball craze.
The simple, international drink of whiskey and soda was, to no surprise, perfected in Japan. Bartenders in some of the higher end establishments will put on a show to make one. You wouldn't think there are so many variations to what seems to be a straighforward drink, but there you go! At Marugin however, it's the real deal, authentic to the core.
Most locals start off their evening here with a beer, then move onto one or two, or many more highballs. Food at Marugin is simple. You can order a bunch of different skewers (broiled chicken livers, hearts, gizzards, cartilage, or if you're not into these, try chicken thigh meat, or chicken breasts with wasaby). The athmosphere is relaxed and loud, a perfect place to hang after a long day of work. Cheers!
My warmest thank you – domo arigato gozai masu – to the @SuntoryGlobal team, who went above and beyond, introducing me to Japan's food and drink culture. I'm forever in your debt. #SuntoryTime #SuntoryTimeTour