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Leach Bar/
Higobashi: Bar
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As behooves a dynam-
ic metropolis, Osaka
knows its drink. And
long before the
advent of the Irish
pub there was The
Leach Bar. A 1960s
homage to Japanese
folk craft, The
Leach eschews wain-
scot for brick and
bamboo. In collabo-
ration with crafts-
men Kawai Kanjiro
and Serizawa Kei-
suke, the famed
British potter Ber-
nard Leach created
this interpretation
of an English "cot-
tage bar" in 1965.

The Leach Bar has
never been renovat-
ed, and as such is a
subtle contrast to
the glitz of the
Rihga Royal Hotel
foyer. Similarly,
there are no high-
tech distractions,
so a good sparring
partner is mandato-
ry. Guinness - by
the half pint - is
popular, but the
cocktails are to die
for. The Tanqueray
Martini is the ninja
of the menu - com-
pact but lethal. You
may want to skip
dinner altogether
after one of these,
but if peckish try
some tangle with
spawn (seaweed and
roe salad; Y2888),
or tartar steak
"Naniwa" style
(Y5198).

The shuttle bus from
Yodoyabashi Keihan
Station (exit 4) or
JR Osaka Station
will take visitors
as well as guests to
the hotel in under
ten minutes. On the
double for a double!


Drinks for two from
Y2000.
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Nakanoshima 5-3-
68, Rihga Royal
Hotel 1F.  Open
11am-midnight daily.

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