Try Kaku-uchi and Blend In with the Locals!
Oct 30 2015
Where are you going to have a drink tonight?
At an izakaya or a stylish bar?
If you haven't made up your mind yet, how about Kaku-uchi?
Kaku-uchi means drinking at a liquor store.
You can buy drinks at regular retail price and drink them on the spot: at a bar inside the store.
And because you are at a liquor store, you always have plenty of choices: the variety of alcohol types (sake, beer, shochu distilled liquor etc.) and the different brands.
Today I visited "Fujita Liquor Store" located within a five-minute walk from JR Kanda station.
It looks like a regular liquor store but inside are tables for customers to enjoy Kaku-uchi.
When in a liquor store for Kaku-uchi, just go ahead and help yourself: find yourself a table and then check the refrigerator.
After getting yourself a drink, go to the counter for a variety of canned food that go perfect with your drink.
You also have choices of snacks, nibbles and food like Oden (a Japanese winter dish: fish dumplings and vegetables stewed in a soy-flavoured broth).
It is a "pay-as-you-go" bar - Make sure you have cash with you.
It's much easier than reading a menu and asking store clerks to order your dishes/ drinks, isn't it?
And rest assured - the owner says "I can speak English a little." He has welcomed customers from overseas here at "Fujita."
The good old appearance of "Fujita," to me, is a perfect example of Kanda - a typical downtown of Tokyo where office workers stop to drink at reasonably priced bars before going home. Although "Fujita" was crowded with regular customers, I was warmly welcomed on my first visit.
The store is open from 6 pm to 9 pm on weeknights.
Kanda is located between Akihabara and Nihon-bashi. Why not come to Kanda to try Kaku-uchi after spending a day in the electric and anime town and/ or a vibrant downtown shopping district.
Share if you feel tempted to try Kaku-uchi!