Hi, my name is Shingo Sakata (@jugglershingo)
I am a professional juggler and a instagramer specialized on Gin and Tonic.
I will introduce my favourite cocktail bar “BEE’S KNEES” in Kyoto.
(No.21 / Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020)
Five minutes walk from Keihan Main Line “Gion-shijo”
Since April 2018.
You will find the yellow door “THE BOOK STORE”.
Sweet Honeybee said Welcome to BEE’S KNEES!
BEE’S KNEES is a Prohibition Era cocktail made with gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey.
This is Kyoto…but it is like you are in New York city.
They are waiting you with 1990’s Middle school Hip-Hop music.
The concept of the bar is speakeasy bar that has existed during prohibition era (1920 to 1933) in the United States.
They prepare a lot of signature cocktails.
A lot of idea and inspiration put all together into a cocktail.
Such as Japanese spirits, national organic ingredients, fresh fruit juice.
This is Mr. Toru Ariyoshi（@toru_ariyoshi）
He is a world-renowned mixologist and a flair bartender.
This is the most instagrammable one!
(KINOBI gin made in The Kyoto Distillery, fresh lemon, basil, and MIRIN syrup)
This is a classic cocktail in prohibition era.
(Gin, fresh lemon juice, and honey)
Not God Father
This is a rye whiskey cocktail infused apple and cinnamon.
The small hat appears as the notorious Al Capone.
New York Cheese Cake
This is a sweet frozen cocktail.
(Butterscotch, milk, raspberry, and strawberry)
Smoked Mojito No.1
Smoked cherry blossom wood gives an alluring sweetness to a cocktail.
A perfect way to feel summer in Kyoto.
The key ingredient is a Japanese traditional sugar called “Wasanbon”.
My Favorite Cocktail is…
Rum Old Fashioned
You can enjoy the cocktail with a piece of chocolate.
(Dictador 12 Years made in Colombia, Antica Formula, Clementi china liqueur, and Angostura bitters)
Best Speakeasy Bar…Maybe in the whole world
Enjoy your night with delicious drinks.
Have a great trip!
Text & Photo by Shingo Sakata (@jugglershingo)