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Tokyo Last Call immersive cocktail experience at Sub 51 hosted by Three Dots and a Dash and House of Suntory

Sneak Peek: Tokyo Last Call

Three Dots and a Dash's one-of-a-kind immersive cocktail experience

Three Dots and a Dash…four legendary cocktail bars…vinyl tunes…this is Tokyo Last Call, an immersive cocktail experience happening in River North throughout April. Inspired by Japan’s popular “listening bars,” this four-weekend pop-up bar series aims to transport guests to Tokyo’s vibrant cocktail scene without leaving Chicago.

In an intimate subterranean lounge at 51 W. Hubbard Street, Three Dots and a Dash Beverage Director Kevin Beary and Bar Manager Scott Kitsmiller will join bartenders from globally acclaimed Japanese cocktail spots to serve up six specialty cocktails. As a retro-style jukebox spins perfectly crafted playlists of both modern and vintage vinyl, guests will take a whimsical journey through innovative techniques and flavors from Brooklyn’s Bar Goto, Manhattan’s Katana Kitten, and Tokyo’s Bar TRENCH and SG Club.

Beary and Kitsmiller selected Tokyo Last Call’s guest bartenders not only for their unparalleled cocktail talents but because they share the Three Dots team’s passion for playlist creation and the inherent knowledge of how the right music can enhance—even transform—a drinking experience.  

Along with each bar’s original cocktails, an exclusive selection of rare Japanese whiskeys will be available for select pours, with guided tastings led by central U.S. House of Suntory Brand Ambassador Davey Jones.

Let’s meet the cocktail makers you can expect to encounter during the events, presented by House of Suntory and -196 Vodka Seltzer.

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Tokyo Last Call with cocktail by Bar Goto and retro jukebox

Bar TRENCH (Tokyo): April 18 – April 21

Rogerio Igarashi Vaz of Tokyo's Bar TRENCH Bar TRENCH, tucked away into a quiet back street of Ebisu in Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya, is widely known for its music- and art-inspired vibe. Under Founder Rogerio Igarashi Vaz’s leadership, the 13-seat establishment was named one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for four consecutive years and appeared on The World’s 50 Best Bars 51-100 list for five years from 2015. Igarashi Vaz is also credited with popularizing the use of bitters and traditional Absinthe in Japan’s cocktail scene. Expect his guest appearance at Tokyo Last Call to reflect his ability to effortlessly combine the precise, logical and detail-focused Japanese style of bartending with the more fluid and creative Western style. 

SG Club (Tokyo): April 25 – April 28

SG Club's Takumi HoshiTokyo Last Call culminates with a guest appearance from Takumi Hoshi of Tokyo’s SG Club (aka “Sip & Guzzle”) and former beverage director of Shanghai’s Speak Low in Shanghai (ranked number 50 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022). 50 Best has called SG Club “three bars in one,” so expect some uniquely impressive creations from this master mixologist on his menu for Tokyo Last Call. 

Tokyo Last Call will take place Thursdays – Sundays through Sunday, April 28, from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM in the lower level of Hub 51, 51 W. Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North. Reservations are available in the early evening, followed by walk-ins from 9:00 PM to close.

Previous Tokyo Last Call Partners:

Katana Kitten (New York, NY): April 11 – April 14

Katana Kitten in New York CityNamed to the World’s 50 Best Bars 2020, it’s a party every night at NYC’s celebrated Japanese-American bar Katana Kitten. The Lower Manhattan spot keeps the strong, cold and crowd-pleasing highballs coming, so expect a similar tour-de-force from Katana Kitten’s Lorenzo Cyril as you drink-along during his guest bartender appearance at Tokyo Last Call. 

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