An older manga, Bartender has always been one of my favorites. Set in a quaint little bar named “Eden Hall” in the Ginza district of downtown Tokyo, it stars a master bartender, Ryu Sasakura, who is capable of serving the “Glass of the Gods”. What exactly is this “Glass of the Gods”?
Why, it is exactly what the customer needs. After many years of bartending, Sasakura can gauge the customers’ innate thoughts and dreams, and thus mix together the perfect cocktail that their heart truly desires. Meanwhile, he keeps the customer entertained by giving a short history of each cocktail or an explanation of why he chose to mix a certain cocktail for that customer. Although the techniques he explains occasionally go over my head (shake gently? Add special ice? Stir before adding ice?), the manga is still incredibly fascinating to me.
Although I’m not allowed to drink alcohol (1 more year!), Bartender is still a wonderful read for me. Each chapter is fairly short and can stand on its’ own despite the larger story going on behind-the-scenes, and has the perfect blend of history and philosophy. A nice, well-paced, slice-of-life manga, Bartender is still going strong and updating to this day. Definitely check out Bartender!