Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | July 16, 2009

Japanese Bartending @ Cocktails & Spirits

Jay Hepburn of Oh, Gosh! has an incredible hour-long video of Japanese bartender Hidetugu Ueno, proprietor of High Five in Tokyo (previously of Star Bar Ginza), giving a session at Tales of the Cocktail Cocktails & Spirits (Thanks to Jay Hepburn in the comments for correcting this) about Japanese bartending traditions. He includes detailed explanations of ice carving and multiple types of hard shaking methods. Though it’s a relatively new project, High Five was ranked the #1 bar in Asia and the Pacific by Australian Bartenders Magazine last month.

This is the first video of a seminar from Tales and I was truly impressed by the quality of the lesson from Ueno. Watch the video at Oh, Gosh!



  1. Glad you enjoyed the video Matt. Though I should point out that this session was from Cocktails & Spirits, a bar show that took place in Paris a few months ago. Sadly Ueno-san wasn’t at Tales this year.

    • Ah, my bad! That explains the predominance of questioners with French accents…

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