Late Nights In: Golden Gai, Tokyo
Tokyo's famed drinking district Golden Gai is made up of tiny bars, often fitting less than 20 patrons at a time, all stacked on top of each other.
All photos: Ambianceuse.
Bars open and close whenever they choose. Even on a Saturday night, some bars won't open until 9 p.m. or so.
The only signage for Ramen Nagi -- the line begins at streetside and snakes into a tiny alley.
One of the most sought-after bowls in a city full of ramen fiends, Ramen Nagi typically has lines out the door from the moment it opens. It only seats about 12 at a time.
Ramen Nagi's signature bowl is extra porky, with an intense fishy broth and thick noodles. It's garnished with a tiny anchovy.
Bar Albatross exemplifies Golden Gai's jumbled charm: it's small, strewn with chandeliers, and features a hidden alcove above the bar.
Just steps from Golden Gai's jumbled blocks, lies the glitter and order of high-tech Tokyo.