This February, a stylish new standing bar put out its shingle in the chic Nishi-nakasu neighborhood. The bar, Okuto, takes its name from the Latin word for ‘eight’, and its symbol is the two tables made from 800-year-old zelkova trees arranged in a figure eight. The interior features bonsai trees, art and BTH speakers from the 1930s, but drinks start at a reasonable ¥500. You can try local sake and shochu, toast your friends with champagne or enjoy a sweet glass of flower-infused Felice. Open till 4 am so you can stop by before the Yamakasa—the manager runs every year!
Menu: Table charge (includes nuts) ¥500, lemon sour ¥600, Suntory Kaku highball ¥600, sake & shochu (180 ml) ¥500~, Felice ¥600, wine/glass ¥500~, champagne/glass ¥1,000~, pickled okra ¥400, balsamic pickled pearl onions ¥400
*Foreign language menu: None / Credit cards accepted / Reservations possible / No smoking
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn247, Jul. 2019)