If you’re dreaming of a trip to Japan but aren’t able to slip off to Tokyo this summer, we may have just found you the next best thing… Renowned Japanese spirits pioneer, the House of Suntory, has teamed up with 100 leading UK bars to create 100 cocktails and serves to commemorate a century of Suntory.
Creating premium Japanese whisky and spirits since 1923, the House of Suntory has a long, established history and the anniversary makes this a major milestone for not only the brand but for Japanese spirits culture. This year the House of Suntory portfolio of brands is celebrating the craftsmanship, inviting cocktail lovers to toast its centennial together. The brand has also introduced two new limited-edition whiskies – Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara and the Hakushu 18 Year Old Peated Malt – to celebrate.
Teaming up with 100 bars across the UK until the end of the year, from The American Bar at Gleneagles to Mayfair’s prestigious Arts Club, each serve features a product from Suntory, the founding house of Japanese spirits’ portfolio as well as new limited-edition 100th-anniversary whiskies. Look forward to enjoying the Yamazaki 18 Year Old Mizunara, Hibiki, Hakushu 18 Year Old Peated Malt, Toki, Roku Gin and Haku Vodka to celebrate the occasion.
The 100 Bars initiative follows the launch of the brand’s centennial campaign in May, which saw the Suntory partner with Academy Award-winning director Sofia Coppola and actor Keanu Reeves to create the Suntory Anniversary Tribute. Depicting the meaning of “Suntory Time”, it tells the tale of the brand’s heritage and whisky-making legacy over the last 100 years.
From reimagined classics to new signature serves, here are some of our favourite bars serving House of Suntory cocktails this summer and beyond. After all, in the words of Lost in Translation’s Bob Harris: For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.
The Prince Akatoki London
The moment you step through the door at Prince Akatoki London, you are immediately transported to Japan. The interiors are effortlessly chic, with natural-lit elements and neutral tones.
The hotel’s Malt Lounge & Bar is a haven for Japanese whisky lovers, serving up signature cocktails and plenty of Suntory specials. Grab a seat at the bar and opt for The Awakening, featuring the Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, W1H 7FD
For Michelin-starred Japanese dining, look to Taku Mayfair. The intimate restaurant is a simple 16-seat omakase-style restaurant. Expect the full theatrics here with chefs busy working away in front of you, serving up the freshest and locally-sourced ingredients to create a special evening to remember.
There’s a dedicated House of Suntory menu complete with dishes and cocktail pairings. The dishes change seasonally but you can expect to enjoy the likes of a Toki Highball with grilled lobster, aubergine and kuro shichimi ankake; Hakushu 18 YO Peated 100 Edition 2023 with grilled trout and cep mushroom; and Hibiki Japanese Harmony with toro caviar handroll. Expect to be fully blown away.
36 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4JE
A favourite among London cocktail lovers, Callooh Callay has been serving up award-winning cocktails since opening in 2008. Now with two London locations, the bar’s theatrical interiors and electrifying atmosphere keep guests coming back for more.
From August onwards, head over to get a taste of their signature takes celebrating Suntory. Sip on the Zen Yuzushu, a blend of Toki Japanese whisky, Choya Ume fruit liqueur, Akashi-Tai Yuzushu, Amaro Nonino, pomegranate syrup and citric acid; Toki-o Sunset with Toki Japanese whisky, Merlet peach liqueur, plum wine, orange bitters and saline; and Sesame Sakura with sesame oil fat washed Toki Japanese whisky, Picon Amer, Muyu Chinotto, Averna, Saline and soda.
Shoreditch & Chelsea
China Tang at The Dorchester is the restaurant and bar serving up authentic Chinese flavours and dishes. Inspired by the romance of pre-war Shanghai, the bar is a 1930s-styled space and a re-imagination of its creator Sir David Tang’s living room.
Throughout August, the bar will be serving up two House of Suntory cocktails. Choose between the Ichi Highball, featuring Toki Whisky, Shiso cordial, palo santo tincture and Saicho jasmine soda or the zingy Koyasan, a mix of Yamazaki 12 YO, lime blossom cordial and green strawberry bitters.
China Tang at the Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA
For a mid-week cocktail catch-up with your friends, look to the neighbourhood bar, Three Sheets, for a serve that’s going to impress.
The award-winning bar is serving up four limited-edition cocktails, from a reimagined Old Fashioned featuring Hakushu, caramelised miso butter and bitters to the tangy Whisky Ginger, blending Toki, pickled ginger and soda.
510B Kingsland Road, E8 4AE
The Aubrey, located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, is London’s go-to spot for an authentic Japanese izakaya experience. The stylish art-filled bar features green velvet banquette seating, leather-lined bar pews and wooden accents. Expect to be taken on a journey through Japanese flavours and Asian ingredients thanks to the intricate omakase-style cocktail menu.
Paying homage to Suntory as well as its own Japanese roots, The Aubrey has three enticing options to choose from, including the Toki Julep, the Chita Highball and the 50/50 Manhattan. So good it’s tempting to try them all.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
The Arts Club
This exclusive private members’ club is renowned for its Art Deco-inspired rooms and community spirit. Inside one of its many bars, you will find Kyubi’s team of expert mixologists shaking up a storm to celebrate Suntory’s centennial.
Book in for a table and sip into the night on the Pilot Secret. Available throughout the summer, it features a mix of Yamazaki Distiller Reserve, Secret Soda (melon and rice paper soda) and four dashes of yuzu bitter. Perfect for a pre-dinner tipple or nightcap.
While over in the Oscuro bar, you can look forward to the Nikkei, a delicate sweet mix of Hakushu Distiller Reserve, Kamkoubai black sugar liquor, gomme syrup and orange bitters.
40 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4NP
Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant
Whether you’re staying over at Ham Yard and fancy a nightcap or you just love the hotel’s British-inspired restaurant bar, there’s all the more reason to visit this summer thanks to the House of Suntory offerings.
Book a table at the restaurant or head out to the heated courtyard for an evening filled with elegance and expert cocktails – our favourite being the Gainjin Summer, a delicate mix of Hibiki Harmony, apple and lemongrass cordial, oloroso sherry and orange bitters.
One Ham Yard, W1D 7DT
Under the watchful wing of executive chef-owner Masaki Sugisaki, Dinings SW3 specialises in modern cooking, nodding to authentic Japanese and European cuisines.
Visit the on-site bar for a pre-dinner cocktail and choose between one of Suntory’s flavours, either the refreshed Sakura & Coconut Highball or the light and fruity Watermelon & Elderflower cocktail.
Walton House, Lennox Gardens Mews, Walton Street, Chelsea, SW3 2JH
Specialising in fine dining Indian fare, Farzi Cafe burst onto the London hospitality scene in 2019 and hasn’t looked back since. Today you’ll find them serving up modern Indian bistro-style dishes and expertly mixed cocktails.
To celebrate Suntory’s anniversary, you can look forward to sipping into the evening on the likes of the Khumba, Haku Club or the fruity Harmonised Mithuna.
8 Haymarket, SW1Y 4BP