Bar High Five

Bar High Five, Ginza: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Bar High Five Reviews: 4/5

Bar High Five
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Neighborhood: Ginza / Tokyo Nihonbashi
Ginza is famous for being a trendy hotspot, but it's also a downtown area with shops that were founded over a hundred years ago. Department stores and luxury boutiques line the route from Nihonbashi to Ginza. It's a long established tradition to shop and stroll while the road is closed to traffic. Luxury hotels, world class cuisine from talented chefs, and a collection of glitzy clubs will make this area popular with anyone looking for a night out.
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minnesotans4
Saint Paul, MN2,521 contributions
Disappointed
Jan 2020
We have been to four cocktail bars around the world that were on the 50 of the world's best cocktail bars list. We have also been to cocktail bars with the same principle of designing a cocktail for us after asking questions. So, this was not the first time we have described what we like in a cocktail to someone. All the other times, we have been happy with our drinks or swapped each other's drink.
We first called the bar to see if we could reserve a table for 4. We were asked when we could come and they said they would reserve a table for us in 15 minutes. We saw the "rules" posted with one being a $10 charge per person to walk through the door. Since each cocktail was $25 USD, I didn't think a surcharge should be added.
The young server asked quite a few questions and we felt like he had a good idea what we liked. Our drinks came with no creative presentation and were quite small. Each of us tasted our drink and then we tasted each other's. No one liked their drink nor liked anyone else's. The server never came back to see if we enjoyed our cocktail. When I asked for the check, I asked what his favorite drink was. He replied that he doesn't drink. I personally think that it would have helped if he had some experience tasting some of the cocktails.
So pretip, we spent $140 USD and really did not like our drinks. Won't recommend or return. No photos were taken because the drinks didn't look anything special either.
Written February 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elliott C
Bangkok7 contributions
Most arrogant bar ever
Jan 2020 • Friends
Dont waste your time. Door staff is arrogant and not worth dealing with. Door staff is condescending and impolite. If the venue is full, that is not a problem but do not talk down on your customers. It’s a recipe for stay away from this bar! Everyone else please take caution!
Written January 10, 2020
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TravelBud
1 contribution
Sub-"bar" standards
Dec 2019
Decided to check out this bar after reading about it on the world best 50 bars. Prior to heading there I decided to give the bar a call to check if there's any reservations required as it was new years eve and to check on the closing time of the bar. To my surprise the gentleman told me that they were open till 1130pm (which is a bummer) and there's no reservations required; just walk in.

So after dinner at a nearby restaurant we headed over for some drinks. Once there, we were told that the bar is full; naturally I asked how long till the next available slot would be. To my shock the attendant answered me "we don't know!" just as he said this another customer said they were about to leave and could offer us their table. As if the first shock wasn't enough the same person answered "we are not ready for new customers at this point!!!, we also don't allow patrons to wait in line". We stood there for a few minutes and 2 more couples walked in and were given the same response by the rude attendant. NO APOLOGIES. I have been to most of the bars listed on the world's best 50 bars and I must say that this is the WORST experience I've had. Please avoid this horrible place. I hope that it is removed from the list completely. I would give negative ratings or 0 if trip advisor would let me

P.S. Having leaving the place absolutely enraged we went to a local Izakaya and although the menu was all in Japanese I'm happy to say the service was top notch and staff was very friendly and helpful.
Written January 7, 2020
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jlytravels
Singapore, Singapore21 contributions
RUDE and zero hospitality - avoid at all costs!
Jan 2020
Upon arrival at the bar, a bartender informed us that the space was full and a very kind customer was about to leave and offered us their seat. However, the bartender said "they are leaving but we are not ready for you". Shocked by the response, we asked politely when can we come back, the bartender's reply was I am not sure. He rudely said you can come back later if we have available seats and no waiting outside the bar premises is allowed. I am not sure how did this bar receive any bar awards but from a service standpoint I will NEVER be visiting this bar - even employees at Family Mart are more friendly and courteous. I do not recommend this bar to anyone - take your money somewhere else for a real Tokyo bar experience
Written January 4, 2020
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dom
17 contributions
Speakeasy vibe
Dec 2019
My partner and I (native english speakers, little to no comprehension in japanense) visited this bar on our last night in Tokyo.

Vibe:
* This isnt the "stop by for a beer on your way somewhere" kind of vibe. The bar has a private elevator and little to no waiting room.
* All seats are reserved, you cannot just walk in and sit down.
* Small bar, largest party that can sit together is probably about 4
* Not kid friendly (duh)
* Dark, speakeasy type vibe

Drinks:
* There is no drink menu. You will have a dedicated bartender / server that will have a conversation with you to understand your palette and preferences. From there, the bartender / mixologists will craft you a drink.
* My partner and I ordered two drinks each, both liquor heavy, both fantastic.
* Drinks are crafted to be enjoyed, not gulped.

Staff:
* Super friendly
* English speakers available
Written December 18, 2019
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farquare
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia135 contributions
a little bit of extravagance, but well worth it
Oct 2019
visited for a few cocktails in October, a real one off treat. part leisure, part theatre, part social peacock.
definitely worth a visit if you've the stomach (and credit card) for it.
staff very friendly
extensive bar
nibbles
very pleasant few hours.
Written November 16, 2019
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mombogogo
Tellico Plains, TN433 contributions
Cozy bar with friendly staff
Aug 2019
This bar is accessed in an alleyway and it took us a little while to find it, but it was worth it. When we walked in, we were the only people in the establishment, and we were by ourselves until just before we left an hour or so later.

The bar is dark but unlike some of the other bars we'd been to, it didn't smell of smoke. I'm not sure if it's because we were the only ones there, but I think not, because most smoking establishments retain some kind of odor. Anyway, that was important to me because I dislike having to shower just to wash off the smoke smell.

The bartenders were quite nice; very friendly, very knowledgeable describing cocktails and helping us choose just the right one. After talking with the staff, we tried some of their signature cocktails. One was especially delicious, but while the other one wasn't as much, it was fun to watch being made; think dancing water fountains. We also discussed various trends in Japanese liquors and left with a "list" of things we wanted to bring home.

It was pretty pricey, but it's not something I imagine we'll do often. But if I could go back, I would.
Written September 28, 2019
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pojke-fredde
Brussels, Belgium494 contributions
Dark bar with cocktails tailored to one’s taste
Aug 2019 • Friends
Came here for after dinner drinks. A Japanese colleague led the way although he did not join us, but that may have contributed to us being invited in without problem (and without reservation).

No drinks menu, but an English speaking bar tender trying to understand one’s tast through a set of questions that help narrowing down the options. Our drinks tasted fine, but nothing to blow you away, which we had secretly hoped to be as this bar made it to number 12 on the 2018 world’s best bars list. The owner was there but our drinks were mixed by younger staff from places as varied as HongKong and New Orleans.

Servings are small and the alcohol content varies (though we did not specify how strong we wanted them).

There is an entrance charge of 1000Y (which they signal the moment one walks in) and our drinks were around 1500Y each.
Written August 25, 2019
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Ashley
17 contributions
Worth a visit
Aug 2019 • Couples
We stopped here for a few drinks whilst on honeymoon in Japan. The staff were really knowledgeable and created some delicious cocktails that I hadnt tried before. Worth a visit.
Written August 25, 2019
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Rose Kuruvilla
Singapore, Singapore167 contributions
Rude and Zero sense of Japanese Hospitality
Aug 2019
I have visited many of the World's 50 best bars and upon my visit to Tokyo - wanted to try a few. I wanted to go to Bar High Five and was told that they don't take reservations. Just walk in. My husband and I showed up at 10.30pm on a sturdy night and asked to be seated. There were a couple of empty seats (maybe 6) and tables in the bar, but the waiter literally walked us out saying its not available. "You cannot just walk in our bar!". But they don't take reservations. He asked us to come back in 30 minutes. We have never experienced such a rude turn away in Japan. I have been to 10 of the current world's best bars and this is the only bar that had no sense of hospitality when it comes to greeting potential customers. I don't recommend this bar. It should not be on the 50 world's best bar list in my opinion.
Written August 17, 2019
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