Barbecue in Kurashiki

This bar is in perfect balance: it manages to have loads of old-Japan charm, while maintaining a cocktail list that features plum wine and shōchū (strong distilled alcohol). Plus its small space isn't intimidating for solo diners, thanks to the English-speaking staff and English menu. Delicious grilled skewers include shiso-maki (Japanese basil rolled around chicken) and gyū-kushi (beef sirloin).

Takadaya is on a corner with a red lantern.