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July 13, 2005

Ex-Bar - a Tokyo institution

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Tonight was a good night. I met up with some friends at Ex-Bar. If you have been in Tokyo any time at all, you know about this long-time Roppongi favourite. The respectable, handsome gentleman in the picture on the right is Horst, owner of Ex-Bar and a long-time Tokyo native (if you ever there check out all the pictures on the walls...he has been here for a long and very fun time!)

Anyway, it is truly the local's local. Everyone I see when I visit has been going there for years and they all know each other. After one night with the massive quantities of great food, sport on the TV and Unterberg to wash it down, one can understand why the regulars swear by it. Anyway, I do not spend enough time there. It is a good place.

That dodgy man in the picture on the left is Dominic, also a Tokyo institution, but enough about that. And to fill in the details on the other picture, the angry aggressive German is Thomas. I am the one on the left that seems unaware a picture is being taken (even though I had given up the camera two seconds before that).

Ex-Bar is highly recommended. If you can't make it, you can always check the webcam using this link.

Posted by Kirk on July 13, 2005 09:54 PM


Hi Kirk,

Is was a fun night in EX-Bar.

After reading your weblog I now remember that you like monkeys (even so you do not like hairs!!!) and wanted to let you know that in Bali/ Ubud they have a Monkey Forest too (as you know I just came back from a great vacation).

They are famous for stealing food and sunglasses from tourists. With a little bit of training I think we could teach them to steal expensive watches and money too. Then we can split 50:50 with them. What do you think?

Fact#1: Bali Voted World's Best Travel Destinations http://www.travelandleisure.com

Fact#2: The manufacturer of Underberg only recommends one at a time (and is therefore not liable) http://www.underberg.com

Posted by: Thomas at July 14, 2005 10:35 AM

I think i will have to study more about underberg...

Posted by: kirk at July 14, 2005 11:21 AM

The monkey theme seems to strike a chord with people. If you take a look at the comment on the previous entry, you will see that not only are monkeys symbols of innocent fun and mischief...they are a way to make money.

Instead of letting them steal coconuts from amused tourists in Bali, however, I propose bringing them to Japan and letting them loose in Roppongi. When they are not lifting wallets, they can sit on the steps of Roa bullding and look cute.

Posted by: kirk at July 14, 2005 11:28 AM