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 [37].  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). 


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