Bar Cordon Noir.

Sometimes life can suck. Then sometimes you find a little spot of paradise that’ll make the hard yards worthwhile.

My job has me away from my home in FNQ a lot but as a consolation, I do earn the ability to get away and travel to places like Japan.

Recently we took advantage of the cheap pricing on flights to Osaka that leave Cairns and while we were there we ventured up to Kyoto.

It was there I happened upon a bar by the name of Cordon Noir. A small joint. Well appointed and somewhat upper class without the snobbery also containing a wall full of Japanese whisky plus the others.

Along the bar was also a smallish desktop humidor.

Great service, good drinks, well kept cigars and jazz playing in the background.

Paradise indeed.

I don’t remember all of the drinks I had that night but the whole experience was on the money. If this sort of thing is what your into and you’re over that way, pay them a visit, you’ll be quietly pleased.

The Japanese know how to make a single malt.


the Cohiba Robusto.

Montecristo No2 FTW!