Amongst the huge array of bars in the heart of Umeda, Bar Harbour Inn, with its trademark doors of encrusted brass palms, is one of very few bars conveniently located within the shortest walk (85m) from both the JR and Hankyu Umeda stations. Situated on the 3F of the Maruche building, this establishment is placed ever so close to Yodobashi Camera, cheekily behind the fast food burger chain Fast Kitchen, and let’s not forget above Nobu, another worthwhile bar it seems.
Harbour Inn is simple, clutter free, and in everyway welcoming. Predominately an Islay bar, its heavy emphasis on big brands from the island is easily recognizable with one of the walls splashed in black lettering identical to that of the Bowmore distillery. Due to the Islay theme, there is not an overly imaginative selection of Japanese malts, so if you are looking for your favourite owners cask from Suntory or something from Ichiro’s card series, perhaps it may be best to seek somewhere else. On the other hand if peat is your thing, which it certainly was on this night, than this is the place be at.