"Oslo" drink at a bar that inherits the thoughts of the first Norwegian owner
A woman going to a bar in Yokohama and spelling out an encounter with a beautiful cup, going serially by one woman ♡ This time, in the direction of Yokohama Chinatown where glitter and neon shine.
Just past the main street, which is crowded with many tourists, is Norge, a quiet time-flowing store that reminds me of Chinatown.
This is a bar with a history of more than 40 years in Chinatown, and opened in 1972 (a half century soon!). At that time, a Norwegian man who crossed the sea and came to Japan as a sailor married a Japanese woman and opened a store there. It used to be a shop where the same foreign sailors gather at night. In 2012, it was taken over by the wife of the original owner, and the new owner has taken over the store.
When you open the door, the space in front of you was the same as it was at the time of the opening, which was created with the image of a cabin. A partition combining 6 oars, a warm lamp, and a leather map & Tapestries, ropes, and many other items that the original owner had collected are displayed... It feels like you're swaying on the boat sailing in the sea at night.
By the way, the store is quite dark. After all, the image is from the old ship. The lighting of the lamp that serves as indirect lighting relies on it (laughs)... It makes you feel more like you are on board.
The leather map that the first owner cherished was still in use! Due to the leather-specific changes over time, it had a good interior taste.
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Beyond the counter that draws a beautiful arc, there is also a figure of a jukebox that is still active.
…First of all, I would sit at this counter and ask for the first cup.
We asked the bartender, Mr. Onoguchi, about the history of "Norge" and made an original cocktail "Oslo" named after the Norwegian capital.
It is a short cocktail made from Norwegian aquabit (distilled alcohol with potatoes as the main ingredient), grapefruit juice and liqueur Cointreau extracted from orange peel.
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This is "Oslo". Grapefruit juice accounts for about half of the total amount, so the mouth is very refreshing, and if you are not so strong in alcohol, this should be delicious. It is also recommended as an aperitif.
At that time, I thought that the seafarers who came to Japan by foreign ships were gathering here while receiving the beautiful Oslo glass. I would like to sneak in through the entrance door (because it's a bit scary) if I can slip in time. As an aside, I heard from Mr. Onoguchi that many foreign sailors drink alcohol, and in the shot bar, "chaser is beer" was the norm. As expected!!
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When I asked the usual question, "Are there only one woman here?", the answer is YES! Even if the door is closed just after the Zennen Gate, which is located on Chinatown Odori, if you close the door, the street will be noisy. "Where are you going?" "It's a completely different space that I can't imagine being in Chinatown, so there are many female customers who can drop in on their way home from work. They can come home alone, drink a martini, and go home..." Compared to weekends, the store is relatively quiet on weekdays, so it may be perfect for a one-day reset," says Onoguchi. "Sometimes, there are customers who come to the bar for the first time and don't know what kind of liquor is there, but they don't dare to show the menu and just tell them what they like, sweet or refreshing. The reason why I try not to show the menu is because I want to propose a cup that is as close to the taste of the person as possible. I want you to enjoy a cup that is closer to your taste." Sure, it's okay to have a standard cup, but the one made by a professional who knows about alcohol as close as possible to taste is satisfying and fun! The real pleasure of the bar!
Well, what should I do next to "Oslo" that I had drunk up in a blink of an eye while listening to the story? ...I wonder if I should have made a slightly stronger one ... and the second cup was "dry and refreshing" Request a full cup.
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The next cocktail poured into a tulip-like glass is also called "White Lady". It is said that it is a cup of gin toned curry produced in the UK, mixed with cointreau and lemon juice. As you can see, the cocktail was made from my conversation and made me feel like it... I like it! It's delicious!!
“For customers who want to spend quiet time alone and those who want to enjoy a conversation with the bartender, I would like to always have a place where they can spend a comfortable time. I think it is important to meet each and every customer at that time and day.Customers who come to the bar are looking for their own time, so we at the store I'm standing at the counter every day, thinking about what the customer wants to do, not what I want to do." Every time I hear this story, I think the work of Bartender is really profound.
Now, let's get back to the interior of the shop again. Behind the counter seats there is also a table seat that can seat up to 14 people. "Because of the location, you are welcome to enjoy your meal in Chinatown with your friends and then have a good time at the table seat! There is no table charge at the street store and alcohol is offered at a reasonable price. Please rest assured that we have it," says Mr. Onoda.
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And I also have to touch on the "sound" that this shop is particular about! This is a nostalgic jukebox that can sometimes get in a bad mood.
One song costs 100 yen. After I had trouble standing in front of the box, I chose a song by Bobby Caldwell. It became fun with the synergistic effect of delicious alcohol and my favorite music, and my sickness gradually accelerated! Lol)
Next to this counter was a beautifully polished antique gramophone.
Actually, this is the only story that made me feel good with the jukebox music, and after the interview, I put the camera in my bag and replaced the third cup (laughs).
Speaking of Chinatown, various events are held according to the season, but the bar in the immediate vicinity of it... is surrounded by the air that never changes. There are many tourists on weekends on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and it seems that even at first glance, you can feel free to enter. When you come to Chinatown, be sure to open the door of Bar Norge. Onoguchi-san, thank you for the delicious sake and the wonderful story... and a fun time!
You can enjoy a wide variety of drinks from authentic cocktails at a reasonable price while feeling Yokohama in the good old days at the bar NORGE, which has the image of a passenger ship. Why don't you feel the night of Yokohama at Bar NORGE, which has a history of more than 40 years in Chinatown? In addition to authentic cocktails that bartenders make with heart, various drinks such as whiskey, wine, sake and shochu are available. I am.
Address217 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Business Hour(Tue-Sat) 17:00-2:00, (Sun/Mon) 16:00-0:00
Credit CardPossible (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX)
Total number of seats31 seats
Seat type(Counter seats) 17 seats, (Table seats) 2 seats/Max 14 people
DrinkWhiskey, beer, wine, sparkling wine, cocktails, soft drinks, etc.
ReservedPossible (20 people or more)
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