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SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
It means "art and delight" in Latin. Coming from Tokyo F&B group Small Axe, the ones behind Bar Trench in Shibuya District (number 16 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018), this is a cafe-by-day and izakaya-bites-and-proper-cocktails place by night. Modernist Euro-damaged cafe on the first floor and a bar/lounge on the second, with understated white marble, and Toulouse-Lautrec-style fin de siècle prints on the walls. The drinks, broken into Signature and Classics, are themed around modernist expatriate globe-trotting, with exotic ingredients and allusions to far-flung places. And pricy. But subtle, refined and interesting nonetheless. They're not messing around, either; mezcal and absinth adorn the menu liberally. If you need a taste of that solemn, humble reverence for the ritual of the cocktail that Japanese bars embody, this is for you.
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