You Can Get An Exclusive Taste Of What’s To Come From This New Japanese Bar In Birmingham

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


It seems that one highly-anticipated, Japanese bar that’s soon to arrive in the city just can’t wait to show us what it has got up its sleeves as it announces a tasting event for one night only. The team behind The Pineapple Club has launched an event in the build-up to the Japanese bar’s opening in the form of a food and drinks pairing evening with Birmingham-based eatery, Kodawari.

Shibuya Underground, a cocktail and sake specialist set to open in Birmingham in the new year, will be offering a tasting-style drinks menu (with the choice of either sake or Japanese cocktails) which will include six different drinks to sip on. The bar will also be hosting a “Sake School” lead by the founder of The Pineapple Club, Samuel Boulton, who is their in house sake expert.

The founder has had a love for Japan for many years and after spending some time there in 2018, he has had his eyes set on a Japanese sake bar. Boulton said he has wanted to bring a taste of Japan in a true authentic way for a long time, however this has taken a while in order to find the right spot and develop the idea enough to get it ready.

“Covid has slowed down the opening with our imports from Japan taking longer to arrive than we’d have hoped, such as the 12 ceremonial sake barrels which should be arriving soon,” said Samuel Boulton. “But I’m really excited for early 2022 when we can finally show Birmingham what we’ve created.”


In the build up to the opening, Shibuya Underground has also teamed up with Birmingham foodies Kodawari, who have pop-up spots at Hockley Social Club and Ate in Bromsgrove. Like Boulton, Kodawari founder James Brewster has a huge love for Japanese culture and also wants to bring that to Birmingham, by serving the likes of katsu curry, teriyaki beef and their infamous Tokyo Boy – their take on a Po’Boy, with buttermilk marinated spicy chicken, kimchi slaw, spicy miso mayo, chillies and spring onion.

Brewster said: “Shibuya (in Japan) has a fond place in my heart, it left a long lasting impression – from the hidden speakeasy bars, incredible Izakayas, rare whiskey shops, the library bar above  Shibuya Crossing and of course the Hachikō Memorial at the tube station. We’ve longed for the same experience Shibuya offered here in the UK and were truly honoured and excited when The Pineapple Club reached out to us to help with the launch of their eagerly anticipated Shibuya Underground bar.”

Both Boulton and Brewster plan to take their guests on a culinary adventure of their travels around Tokyo, reliving their favourite tastes, smells, sights and sounds, with a night of exqusiite Japanese food and drink. The tasting event will feature a five-course menu, with dishes such as miso garlic butter basted langoustines, Shibuya Shoyu Ramen and Japanese baked cheesecake with miso caramel apples, with each dish will be paired with a sake or Japanese cocktail.

Tickets for the event taking place on February 2, cost £85 per head and on sale now (with only a limited number of 50 tickets available), which can be found on The Pineapple Club’s website.

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