So our first day in Japan (with Terrance as tour guide) was a pretty good one.

Temples, Towers, Robots and Baseball, one certainly couldn’t argue against us deserving a bite to eat and something decent to drink in order to cap off what had been a truly excellent day out and about – which is why after an enjoyable late night stroll around Yokohama and a bit of its waterfront area, we found ourselves entering a decidedly un-Japanese establishment.

IMG_20141002_232933 ryan lotter in yokohama irish sports bar Celts

Celts is literally a classic Irish sports bar – from the layout, signage, decor, finishing, right through to the large screen televisions (beaming UEFA Champions League soccer of all things) – in the middle of Yokohama, Japan!

Authentic pub food and a wide range of draft beers, cocktails, spirits and of course, whiskey. After all, you can’t have an Irish bar without whiskey, now can you?

(That said, you also can’t be in an Irish sports bar and not have a Guinness either – a situation Terrance and I quite quickly rectified!)

IMG_20141002_233624 guinness at yokohama irish sports bar Celts

The food was good, the atmosphere pleasant, and it was a great way for us to put our feet up after a long day and deservedly relax a little.

(Terrance also introduced me to some of the local Japanese spirits, and on that note, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the varied beer and spirits that I encountered throughout Japan. They certainly have a healthy drinking culture and produce some great alcoholic beverages themselves!)

IMG_20141002_234747 bar food at yokohama irish sports bar Celts

So yeah, Craig and Ryan, tourists in Japan, go to an Irish pub for supper. A good indicator that we’re not gastronomic tourists then…