Friday, September 2, 2011
Standing Bar 37 & Kimidori / スタンディング・バー３７ と キミドリ
As I was walking to our neighborhood DVD rental shop, I couldn't help but notice this new place that had opened. Standing Bar 37. The place opens at three in the afternoon, pretty unusual for a bar. I decided that I would check it out on my way back home after dropping the DVDs I had rented. I had checked out the menu and noticed that a lot of drinks were only 300 yen. Definitely worth checking out. The bar is run by a woman who looks as if she's in her 20s but said she was in her 40s. Good genes, I tell ya. I asked what was the significance of the bar's name . The answer was quite simple. If you read the numbers in Japanese, 3 is mitsu (Mi) and 7 is nana (Na), 37 = Mina, which is the owner's name. I think I want to come here again.
Last week, a friend of mine who I hadn't seen in over five years invited me and another friend out for drinks. We were going to meet around 6:30pm on a Thursday. I wasn't planning on staying out late but our other friend who was to join us said he wouldn't be able to make it until around 8:00pm. Our late arrival is very sensitive to smoke so we were trying to decide if there were any decent places to drink beer without any smokers - a difficult challenge in Tokyo I must say. But since we still had two hours before our anti-smoking friend would joins us, my friend took me to a standing bar called [Kimidori] which is near his mansion (the Japanese term which means apartment, not a large luxurious home).