Here’s the One Trend Taking Bar Culture by Storm

A killer playlist — spun together from classic vinyl by a real-life DJ — that’s as carefully constructed as your favourite craft cocktail, and broadcast over the kind of speakers otherwise found only in a world-class stereo showroom.

Japanese listening bars like SHeLTeR, Oath, and Bonobo all provide music lovers with a civilized place to sit, relax, and listen. The concept is catching on internationally as well. Joining New York’s Tokyo Record Bar, and London’s Brilliant Corners and Spiritland are Los Angeles’s In Sheep’s Clothing and San Francisco’s Bar Shiru. Get into the spirit with a classic Suntory highball: ice-cold whisky and seltzer over cracked ice.