Sexy ninjas and wandering geishas: Yojimbo brings the Japanese underground to Central

Photo by Vicky Wong.
Photo by Vicky Wong.

The official public launch of “Japanese-inspired fantasyland” Yojimbo last Friday promised to be decadent affair.

And it was.

Geishas roamed through the smokey haze, dancers clad in black catsuits wielded samurai swords, and a group of Harajuku girls did one hell of a fan dance.

Photo by Vicky Wong.

The cool new club is the brainchild of Ashley Sutton, the man behind Ophelia in Wan Chai and speakeasy J.Boroski in Central.

For Yojimbo, named after the classic 1961 samurai film, he took his inspiration from underground bars found in Japan, where he’s also designed several venues.

Photo by Chad Williams.

Particularly, he looked to the “weird and wonderful” bars of Tokyo’s Ginza district.

Yakuza Revenge. Photo by Vicky Wong.

The music was well-handled by DJ Fab D Verse and model/DJ Cristal, while the bar, led by Alberto Aldave, previously of The Rivoli Bar at The Ritz London, served up tasty cocktails (yes, we can verify that ourselves) paying homage to Japan.

Among them, the Yojimbo (a mix of sake, gin, yuzu juice, grapefruit bitters and champagne topped with edible flowers); Geisha’s Aphrodisiac (calvados, grand marnier, peach puree, lemon, vanilla, grenadine and red currant); and Ninja Shadow (caviar infused Belvedere vodka, lemon, white port, elderflower, plum bitters and salt).

Geisha’s Aphrodisiac. Photo by Vicky Wong.

Address: Shop 2-7, Car Po Commercial Building, 37 Pottinger Street, Central.
Reservations: +852 2576 1717 or email info@yojimbo.com.hk
More details: www.yojimbo.com.hk

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