August 16th, 2011

Tokyo is correctly rated as the cocktail capitol of the world, with innumerable specialist bars dedicated to perfecting the art of cocktail creations. A culture of perfectionism infuses the industry and the meticulous preparations of the thoroughly trained bartenders set a benchmark for all other cities claiming a cocktail culture. The variety of cocktails bars is almost limitless- from tiny spaces tucked away in basements of office buildings, to the glamorous bars found in the 5 star luxury hotels. And everything in between.

One group of cocktail bars that have earned a well deserved recognition as true innovators of the cocktail culture are the bars of the RAGE group. GINZA SAPPHIRE is one member of this family of cocktails bars. The experienced talent behind their cocktail creations is internationally renowned Master Mixologist Tomoyuki Kitazoe.

Located in the heart of the popular Ginza shopping and entertainment district in central Tokyo, GINZA SAPPHIRE specialises in cocktails based on the premium English gin- BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. The expert mixologists at GINZA SAPPHIRE create a selection of unique martinis using a variety of the freshest seasonal fruits. The fruit selections result in some interesting combinations of flavours, with an attractive presentation. There is always a minimum of 10 different seasonal fruits available for creating the fresh cocktail flavours. In addition to the fruit martinis, there are also a full range of the classic martinis, plus wines, whisky and beers to choose from.

GINZA SAPPHIRE are serving lunch dishes- including a set menu with sandwich or pastas, plus soup, salad and tea or coffee. And in the evenings, the menu features a wider selection of bar snacks and tapas type dishes, plus salads, meat dishes, pizza and pastas and rice.

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Inside the bar

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The bar- with fresh fruits display

sakura berry cocktail

Sakura Berry cocktail- sakura berry from Shizuoka, fresh grapefruit juice, hand made sakura syrup, Bombay Sapphire gin, sakura salt (hand made)- gives a taste of  the “Japanese”  feeling

golden pear martini

Golden Pear martini- golden pear from Yamagata, Champagne, natural syrup- a smooth and rich taste

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Sandwich Set

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Spaghetti Neapolitan

GINZA SAPPHIRE by RAGE

Address: 2-3-18 Ginza, , Chuo-ku, Tokyo Building 1F, Tokyo.
Telephone: +81. 3. 557 9317
Website: http://www.mixologist.co.jp/bar_rage/index2.php?cont=6
Link to  Rolling Stone Japan interview : http://youtu.be/o60gJdUOHY0
Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday  11:30 ~ 24:00
Friday & Saturday      11:30  ~ 0400
Afternoon Party Plan: 11:30 ~ 18:00  Choice of 3 food dishes, Bombay Sapphire Cocktail, red wine , white wine, beer, whisky ¥3,800
Night Party Plan: 18:00 ~ Last    Choice of 3 food dishes, Bombay Sapphire Cocktail, red wine , white wine, beer, whisky ¥5,000
Partner bar  in Singapore - ORGO Bar
Photos courtesy of venue