It can get quiet in Roppongi, if you know where to go. After all, the bar and clubbing scene isn’t for everyone. Sometimes you would rather not have to deal with a TV blaring or a chipper bartender trying to drum up conversation. Occasionally, you are in the mood for a quiet Japanese whisky in a subdued setting.
MyScotch is eight floors up from the noisy Roppongi streets. It is dark and quiet, its décor elegantly understated to provide no distraction to your thoughts. And if you’re there at the right time of day, you can look out the narrow window and catch the sun as it descends below the skyline.
Muted lights backlight the drink selection at the bar. Japanese whisky is taking the drinking world by storm, winning several different categories in the World Whiskies Awards. MyScotch has a sophisticated whisky selection, from the award-winning Yamazaki and Nikka selections to older and rarer whiskies that are out of production.
Sitting at the bar, I asked for the osusume, the specials. Our bartender lines up a number of Japanese whisky bottles on the bar for perusal. It is a fine representation of the bar’s offerings, ranging from Nikka’s Miyagikyo Single Malt to the rare Karuizawa 15 Years. The Karuizawa distillery has closed, explains the bartender, and this bottle is one of the last in existence.
I choose the Yamazaki Single Malt 12 Years, and my companion selects the aforementioned Nikka Miyagikyo Single Malt. The bartender pours our selection in to a tumbler with a spherical ice ball, which are carved by hand on a daily basis at My Scotch Piano Bar. The Yamazaki had a bitter yet enjoyable edge, perfect for relaxing after a long day. The Miyagikyo Single Malt is smoother, and was an easy introduction for my friend (normally a beer drinker) to Japanese whisky.
Piano Bar MyScotch does not limit themselves to whisky. There is a light menu available (English subtitled) and Suntory Premium Malts on draft. Happy hour starts upon opening and runs until 8 p.m. Most nights feature piano performances, starting around 7:30 p.m.
So stop by, sit back, and relax. Let the music soothe, and enjoy the fine selection of whisky from Japan and elsewhere. Your busy life and the noisy city below can wait for a while.