Merican, located down a dark and twisting stairway, bills itself as a modern-day speakeasy. But wait, it’s a barber shop too?! Walk through the old-school barber shop and there’s a long counter bar and spacious lounge area. With touches of a neoclassical Showa era coffee shop, Void sound system and ping pong table, it has a secret hideout vibe. Enjoy a whisky or alcoholic cream soda at the counter or on a velvet covered sofa. If you’re hungry, try the filling spaghetti Neapolitan. Music events held irregularly. Open from noon and then again until the wee hours.
Menu (no table charge): Jameson & soda ¥800, alcoholic melon cream soda ¥1,450, lemon squash ¥600, craft gin (Roku) ¥800, spaghetti Neapolitan ¥800 (¥1,100 at night), omelet rice ¥750 (¥1,050 at night)
*Foreign language menu: None / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / Smoking permitted
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn239, Nov. 2018)