Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bar Zumon Renewal Opening

Bar Zumon reopened its doors on July 25 after reestablishing itself and relocating to a better internal environment. The renewal of the whisky and cocktail bar includes a new long bar counter and chairs with modern trimmings, a stimulating new glass selection, plus an extensive wall library of independent bottles (back/front bar walls), all creating a much more spacious and authentic bar environment. The fresh upgrade continues to be conveniently located - right next door to the building that housed the original watering hole. Long gone is the out-of-place dart board and 1980s interior design, in exchange you will be greeted to an establishment that is visually attractive while retaining the traditional aspects of an educated dram house.

Currently Bar Zumon has over three dozen quality Japanese whiskies on offer (pictured above - excluding standard official bottlings), but with shared enthusiasm this will eventually increase and compliment the most extensive collection of independent Scotch single malt whiskies under the one roof. Besides all the new alluring aspects, I personally like the fact that there is no snobbery at this bar - a down to earth establishment where the patrons and bar master (Izumoto-san) equally share the passion. Pop in and have a dram, and while doing so soak up the history provided on each and every label - it may become your new favourite spot. Be sure to mention you heard about the renewal open from me (Clint) and the 500 yen cover charge will be waived (first time only). Please be advised that a handful of bottles (extremely rare releases) are only available on certain anniversary days (not just the bar but also the celebration of important figures and events in the whisky industry) - be sure to ask.

4-8-27 Higashi-Yodogawa-ku, Awaji, Osaka City 
Zip Code 533-0032 
二十八万石 Building 3F

大阪市東淀川区淡路4827 二十八万石ビル3階

2 minute walk from West Exit Hankyu Awaji station - turn left at the alley adjacent to the UFJ bank and clock.

阪急淡路駅 徒歩1分 UFJ銀行前の時計の路地を入ってください



  1. dropping by osaka this 20 September. shall be visiting this place!

    any interesting whisky shops and bars I should check out too?

  2. Hi Andy, please do drop by. You will not be disappointed. I presume you will be looking out for Zumon's Japanese selection. Apparently to make it fun some of the expressions have been placed around the bar walls making customers search while discovering other whiskies. You shouldn't just limit yourself to domestic tipples, try some of the amazing independent bottlings. Let them know you heard about the bar from me.

    There are numerous bars to check out in Osaka, too many to suggest. But for down to earth and reasonable prices I'd say Bar Keith is worth a look (see bar listing in side menu), his Japanese selection has increased heavily offer the last 6 months. As for whisky shops there really isn't a lot in the city. Naturally you could try some of the department stores but not a lot on offer - Isetan I believe still have the white label Ichiro's Malt & Grain (Hanyu/Chichibu/Grain) - store bottling. Naturally Whisky Shop W, and maybe Sake Shop Sato for some of your standard stuff like Mars The Revival. Hope that helps....have fun.