A bicycle may be an unexpected starting point for a bar. But at Kinfolk – a tiny bar by night, bicycle company by day, in the creative Nakameguro district – it’s all about two-wheeled contraptions.
The décor is the main telltale sign of the bar’s obsession with bikes: a collection of sleek bicycle frames hang from the vaulted wooden rafters. But even those who have not been on a bicycle since their pre-teens will find a comfortable refuge at Kinfolk. Wander past the ground floor café and up the rickety stairs to the first floor space. With its sliding doors and wooden interior, a traditional Japanese house vibe prevails – albeit with a hip makeover (courtesy of Brooklyn based collaborators Ways and Means).
Colored cushions line the comfy sofa, French magazine covers sprawl the toilet walls and the hip partying clientele look as though they rarely need to start the day before 5pm. Another attraction? The amnesia-inducing, insanely strong cocktails. Just remember to go carefully down the stairs after a one or two of their addictive but potent ginger mint mojitos.