Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Roaming Hakata (2): Whisky Bar Leichhardt

Whisky Bar LEICHHARDT is one of your more savvy whisky bars in Hakata. Naturally it retains tradition, such as bar etiquette, but when it comes to the interior it is ultra-sleek opposed to your typical looking bar. The bar owner is quite a young chap however, Sumiyoshi-san, or easily remembered as Yu, has all the experience of a veteran. Yu named his bar after a suburb in the Inner West of Sydney, Australia. As a student he resided in Leichhardt, which is best known as "Little Italy", before returning to Japan fulfill his dreams. The whisky bar is only in its fourth year running but Yu runs a good bar and has established loyal customers, which was evident with all the patrons along the bar - an extremely long bar I must add. Bottles are elegantly sorted from wall to wall in close proximity allowing you to gaze for hours.

Besides the modern look and funky logo of the establishment the menu is an important part of the attraction. Yu provides a thoughful whisky collection for any hard-core Scotch single malt lover however, the rare experience lays in his vast collection of old Japanese blends - a nostalgic Japanese whisky lover's paradise. Be sure to sample the broad selection of retro 80s blends from Suntory and Nikka, but if you prefer, he will pull out a handful of Owner's Casks (try the 99 Yamazaki Bota Corta) and event bottlings such as Akuto-san's Hanyu/Chichibu releases for Whisky Talk Fukuoka. Like so many of Hakata's whisky bars, Whisky Bar LEICHHARDT does not operate on the ground floor of some large luxury building, but its tucked away on the fith floor of your average construction. Like they say: "it's what's on the inside that counts". Another must visit while in the area.

Fukuoka-Ken, Fukuoka-Shi, Chuo-Ku, Watanabedori 2-Chome, 2-1 Nishimura Building 5F


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