The newest lobby drinking den, which opens to the public at 1625 Post Street on Thursday, January 25, is a centerpiece of the Joie de Vivre hotel’s $31 million renovation in Japantown. For fans of the former hotel (which needed a renovation for many years), take note that the hotel’s famous in-room Japanese soaking tubs are a thing of the past.
The cocktails come from Shel Bourdon, Two Roads Hospitality National Director, and head bartender Stephanie Wheeler, of the Verb Hotel in Boston and Chicago tiki temple Three Dots and a Dash. The menu includes charmers like “Hello Amanojaku,” a cocktail for two served warm from a teapot and made with Suntory Toki whisky, Giffard vanilla, a Chai tea blend, cashew milk, and macadamia almond orgeat. For non-alcoholic imbibing, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony will take place in the afternoon at a custom bar cart.
The physical menu of drinks and bar bites is also a pretty picture — have a look below. Though embedded in the bottom of a hotel, exposed Douglas fir beams, vintage factory pendant lights, and a Japanese-style garden with fire pits (set to open in March), will give Japantown visitors a very swanky option for a night out.