Going strong since 1994, this not-so-secret speakeasy is hidden inside the colourful and loud Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho, and we mean hidden. Head to an unmarked door on the left with a fire exit sign next to it, and bingo, you’re in. Well, depending on how many other people find it first. This place is tiny, and there’s normally queues waiting for the limited seats. No parties of more than four and no standing.
The vibe is elegant and subdued, with jazz music, murals and low lighting, and an award-winning Japanese team whipping up some brilliant cocktails. They first earned BarChick’s stamp of approval many moons ago with a concoction that seemed destined to fail; the Summertime with blue curaçao and jasmine rum was like an alcoholic slushie, just not one for the kids - in short a winner. There’s a lot of precious tea cocktails, and plenty of punchier concoctions too. Things are so fresh here that some of the limited batch drinks will run out over the course of a night.