Golden Guys

“Where streams of whiskey are flowing…” –The Pogues

Part six of my S&R Tokyo Series

One November day in Tokyo my wife and I were walking through the normally quiet and deserted midday streets of Golden Gai in Shinjuku. Suddenly I heard voices singing loudly to a very mainstream-sounding J-pop song. I followed the raucous sounds to a little dive which, unlike the other dives around it, had its front door wide open. Inside a bartender and three customers were joyously boozing it up and singing like contestants trying out for a television talent show.

And so, after calling my wife over to have a look we unexpectedly found ourselves sitting in a teeny Golden Gai bar ordering drinks at 12:30 in the afternoon.

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The Scrogue's Guide to Denver and the DNC: Single Malt

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology | Date: 1996
usquebaugh WHISKY1. XVI. — Ir. and Sc. Gael. uisge beatha ‘water of life’, i.e. uisge WATER, beatha life.

If you like single malt, you’re in for a treat. If you don’t like single malt, bear with us. We may be able to change that.

One of Denver’s purest, most exceptional treasures is Pint’s Pub, which we already mentioned in our beer and brewpubs article. And while Pint’s is a superb place for authentic traditional ale, its calling card is Scotch. Continue reading