Friday night got lost in a maze of small side streets in Nishi Azabu then discovered a group of guys drinking in a liquor store.
Decided to have a beer just outside near the rare alcohol vending machines and one of the guys came out. Started chatting and was invited to join the group.
Its just an old skool liquor shop... but more and more you will see liquor shops with counters so you can drink there and eat some small snacks.
They had my favorite Aka-Kirishima (deep red shiny label).
Was asking Sho-san what mini-nihonshu bottle was recommended... he pulled me outside and bought a cup of sake for me. Cool guy.
A few stray cats in the area.
I guess its always about learning the language and keeping a smile... never had a bad experience when mingling with strangers here. Sorry, I don't remember the name of the liquor shop or exact location.