You’re advised to book reservations at Cabin. You could try your luck as a walk-in, but insiders are quickly making this 18-seater bar in Nakameguro their go-to, and for good reason.
Even if you have to wait 30 minutes, the set-up is worth it. Few bars in Tokyo can match the extensive selection of whiskeys at Cabin, and really, who can refuse a dram of Yamazaki 25 or Hibiki 12? It is all carefully curated by the folks behind sibling restaurant Cedros, an all-American seafood joint in Daikanyama known for its absolutely delicious giant prawn gumbos and seared ahi tuna.
We recommend a hearty dinner at Cedros before a relaxing moonlit stroll to Cabin, located just 800-metre away along a river in laid-back Nakameguro. One wouldn’t necessarily call it a speakeasy, but do keep your eyes peeled for its discreet entrance. Its modest wooden structure is easy to miss.
The interior of Cabin is poised and charming, complete with a fireplace, taxidermy and rustic decorations on the wall. It’s like someone airlifted a Colorado snow cabin and placed it right next to the river. Service is exceptionally friendly — it’s American, unlike the hushed and practiced ways of the Japanese — and so is their pet Shiba, Uni. You’ll be transported to a snug, toasty cabin in the woods. Don’t be surprised to rub shoulders with plenty of expats all wanting a piece of home.
Whisky is the main event here. There are over 50 bottles — ranging from Japanese and Bourbon to Irish and Scotch — in stock. There are wines, cocktails, craft beer and other spirits available, but the regulars bring out-of-towners here for one of Cabin’s exotic signature whisky cocktails. The Old Fashioned is a hit, as is the Hakushu Highball, if you’re leaning towards something fizzy and thirst-quenching.
1-10-23 Naka-Meguro, Meguro-Ku
T: (81) 03-6303-2220
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