The Blend Kissaten Brings a Japanese Coffee House to Life At Tales of the Cocktail®

Posted on: Jul. 20, 2023 | | By: Callie Carlson

Imagine a café, listening bar, and art gallery all rolled into one, featuring hand-crafted cocktails and delightful bites, each with a Japanese twist.

Tales of the Cocktail is always an incredible place for Beam Suntory to connect with trade members from around the globe, but this year it’s a little more special, as House of Suntory celebrates its 100th Anniversary!

To mark the occasion, The Blend from Beam Suntory is re-creating the experience of a Japanese Kissaten with the drinks, snacks, and entertainment all fueled by the incredible Beam Suntory portfolio and works created by hospitality professionals from across the country on The Blend.

Imagine a café, listening bar, and art gallery all rolled into one, featuring hand-crafted cocktails and delightful bites, each with a Japanese twist. A Kissaten in Japan is more than a coffee or tea shop. It’s a place to meet friends, exchange ideas, and share experiences– and The Blend Kissaten is no exception.

As you enter the space, pick up a coffee and enjoy a beautiful space to escape the hustle and connect with your community.

Next, you’ll find the full bar filled with ingredient-driven drinks created by our family of Brand Ambassadors and, if you join us on Tuesday, catch the team from the award-winning Bar Goto behind the bar.

As you continue through the space, you’ll find our group of street vendors in the courtyard serving up Japanese snacks featuring one of Beam Suntory’s brands– you wont want to miss the Maker’s Mark taiyaki aisukurimu!

Then, peruse The Blend Gallery and take in the artwork and words of the hospitality professionals who have contributed their expertise to The Blend. The Blend Gallery is a mini-experiential art installation and gathering space, highlighting the many talents of the hospitality community as featured online at TheBlend.World.

TheBlend.World is home to over one hundred articles researched, written, and shared by folks working in bars and restaurants every day. With topics ranging from spirits education to taking on the issues facing workers today, The Blend is an important digital resource for all of hospitality. Whether it’s creating interactive events like this or sourcing more informative offerings on the website, the heart of The Blend is our commitment to being For Hospitality By Hospitality.

And finally, once you have a drink and snack in hand, find a comfortable seat as a DJ spins vinyl and connect with fellow industry friends while you enjoy the AC!

The Blend Kissaten runs Tuesday 7/25-Thursday 7/27 from 11AM-3PM at Fourth Wall Coffee 614 Gravier St.

We’ll see you there!

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