One of our regular places to go in Tokyo is a whisky bar called Brick. We stumbled across Brick during our first visit in 2008 and each time we have been since we head there for a whisky.
Brick is located a couple of lane ways off Ginza’s main street of Chuo Dori. Easiest directions are on Chuo Dori turn left at Shiseido at Ginza 7 Chome(Mont Blanc shop is diagonally opposite), walk down to Pronto restaurant and turn left again and it is a couple of shops down on the right. We always get lost the first night we try to go there, but never fear there is plenty to look at if you do get lost.
Here in Australia we have “no smoking” laws in enclosed places, Tokyo does not. While neither R or I smoke, we do enjoy the fact that cigar and cigarette smoke goes so well with a whisky. For this reason alone we are willing to put up with second hand smoke. Plus the smokiness adds to the ambience.
The decor at Brick is exposed brickwork, wood paneling and leather. Seating is at the bar or the kidney shaped table. The low lighting level gives a warm, cosy, intimate feel even when the room is busy.
A wood paneled bar stretches the 6 metre length of one wall, with three quarters of the length of the bar display solely dedicated to whisky. Who knew there were so many, and probably many more that aren’t used at Brick. Fortunately the whisky list is in English and has Scottish, Irish and Japanese whiskies along with around 15 bourbons from the USA. There is also the standard collection of spirits and a short but good selection of wine.
A small menu also helps for those wanting a little something to nibble on.
There is another level upstairs where they occasionally have live music. If you are in to whisky/whiskey or just want somewhere ‘cool’ to have a drink, Brick is a good starting point.
I have included a Google map in links to help you find your way to Brick. Unfortunately no yellow ‘Brick” road to help you get there.