2023-03-30 | Bar Video

Cocktail Chronicles #1: Azabujuban Tonic (recipe)

Welcome, cocktail lovers! Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to our new series of videos dedicated to our hotel bar, THE LIVELY BAR AZABUJUBAN!

Located in the heart of Tokyo, on the top floor of THE LIVELY TOKYO AZABUJUBAN hotel, we pride ourselves not only on our expertly crafted cocktails but also on our stylish and cozy design that provides the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Our bar is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring Tokyo or to kick off a fun-filled evening with friends.

Our renowned world-class bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, always ready to engage in conversation and make recommendations based on your preferences. And, while they craft your cocktail, they put on a show, entertaining you with their impressive mixology skills.

In this series, our main bartender Tatsuaki Sakima will be sharing cocktail tutorials featuring some of our most popular signature drinks, starting with our famous Azabujuban Tonic. This refreshing and elegant cocktail is a favorite among our guests, and we can’t wait to show you how to make it at home. So, get ready to mix and shake with us as we explore the art of crafting the perfect cocktail. Cheers!

Other Cocktails Tutorials
Cocktail Chronicles #2: Old Fashioned
Cocktail Chronicles #3: Original Cocktail

English subtitles available!


– White pepper gin 30ml
– Grapefruit Juice 20ml
– Sparkling water/Soda 40ml
– Tonic water 60ml
– Grapefruit peel
– Edible flowers


Meet Tatsuaki Sakima, our main bartender at THE LIVELY BAR AZABUJUBAN. Originally from Okinawa, Tatsuaki came to Tokyo to pursue his passion for mixology and to become one of the best bartenders in the world. With years of experience managing bars and working at various clubs, Tatsuaki is now a seasoned expert in the field, having proven his skills in the 2019 WORLD CLASS JAPAN bartender tournament, where he placed high in the TOP 50 world ranking. He is now actively training to become the number one champion in the next edition of the tournament!

But Tatsuaki’s talents don’t stop there. He also has a passion for arm wrestling and is one of the top-ranked arm wrestling champions in Japan. While his muscles may be intimidating to some, don’t let that fool you – Tatsuaki is one of the most easygoing and fun people you’ll meet here.

At our bar, Tatsuaki brings his expertise and creativity to every cocktail he makes, crafting unique and delicious drinks that are sure to impress. So, come and visit us at THE LIVELY BAR AZABUJUBAN and let Tatsuaki and the rest of our team create a memorable experience for you.

Bar Experience/Achievements
・2016 London Century Club – Guest Bartender
・2016 Roppongi Hills TUSK – Bar Manager
・2019 Word Class Japan – Top50

Armwrestling Achievements
・2015 Maejima Dojo Cup S. – 2nd place
・2017 Japan Cup-70 – 1st place
・2018 Umegashira-80 – 1st place
・2021 Muscle Gate S – 5th place