Enter here, all ye who love vinyl. JBS Bar has a collection of around 10,000 records, all of which belong to the bar’s owner, Kobayashi. They line the otherwise wood-panelled space, floor to ceiling, all sleeved and alphabetised, ready and waiting to be played. Kobayashi keeps the tunes coming week-round during opening hours, moving from jazz fusion one minute, to 80s hip-hop the next. Maybe a little gospel every now and again. He tells stories through sound. Sometimes Kobayashi will even keep the bar open late, just to play some of the records he hasn’t heard in a while. With a collection this big, you can expect that would happen from time to time.
Coffee and tea are served in the afternoon, with liquor becoming an option – including some delicious Japanese whiskey – as the evening wears on. But your tipple of choice is, of course, just background noise. Something to sip as you listen. JBS Bar is all about the music. The name actually stands for “jazz, blues and soul”, which are all played in abundance. Kobayashi has great taste, so you’ll probably hear some tracks that’ll be new to you, loved by him. And you’ll much the better for it. After all, he’s as much a connoisseur as a collector. And this bar is a much a secluded shrine to music, as it is a place to imbibe and enjoy the laidback vibes.