The Japanese attention to detail has long been ‘a thing’, whether in the world of fashion, design, architecture or whisky. So, it should come as no surprise that Japan is home to the city that might just be the greatest place to go and hear – truly hear – music in bars. Listening parties, Beatles bars and jazz bars with huge vinyl collections are found throughout Tokyo, a city where establishing a niche venue doesn’t necessarily equate to taking a risk.

With fastidious care and attention, Tokyo is the audiophile’s dream, a place where vintage valve amps power the warm sounds, delivering listening experiences above and beyond what most are used to. Bars like Bonobo, JBS (Jazz, Blues, Soul) and Martha all push the sound above all else, making evenings about the music rather than the crowd, the hip place to be or even the whisky.

JBS   Bonobo