In a small city like Nara, it’s almost a surprise to see a world class bar like Lamp Bar. The owner, Michito Kaneko, was named “Best Bartender in the World” in a competition in 2015. His bar isn’t just considered the best in Nara, but one of the best in Japan. There is no menu, but Kaneko can make any request and often creates his own exotic cocktails designed for the customer in mind. With no menu also comes no prices and all that class costs some money. Be prepared to spend upwards of 2,000 yen (US$17) per drink.