It’s that time of the year when winter events come thick and fast. Do you go for a cosy drink in the pub? Hit up a rave? Or Perhaps even a winter festival? However, If you’re stumped and looking for something a bit more culturally enriching, then a night of Japanese music and artistry – brought to you by the House of Suntory’s Toki Whisky – might just do the trick.
Taking place at Shoreditch’s Seed Library, the Toki Listening Bar is bringing together both modern and classical aspects of Japanese culture. Powered by House of Suntory, the Listening Bar takes inspiration from nostalgic and retro elements of Japan’s Golden Era and revives them with a modern twist.
From the 1st to the 30th of November, a selection of Japanese Toki will be available at the bar, alongside vinyl mixes from MAJ (My Analog Journal), where music will sound from Seed Library’s DJ booth. A selection of sets have been chosen to represent the decades of musical influence in Japan from the 1950s to the present day. Throughout the month, every Thursday, a new guest DJ will also take to the decks, playing a four-hour set from 8pm-12am.
Located within One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel, Seed Library’s intricate interior resembles that of a record station, featuring panelled wood and autumnal furniture in warm orange and red hues, providing the perfect backdrop for the listening bar.
Listening bars, which started with ‘Jazz Kissa,’ are a uniquely Japanese concept. They provide a haven for guests to really listen to jazz music, not just have it playing in the background. And now, a new generation is spreading the concept by opening listening bars across the world.
Of course, drinks will be available, too, and on 22nd November, there will be an exclusive bar takeover by legendary Japanese bartender Hidetsugu Ueno from Bar High Five in Tokyo. A bespoke menu from Ueno will be available, featuring a selection of Roku Gin, Haku Vodka and Toki Whisky based cocktails.