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Porto is an unpretentious and comfy little bar in Nippori, a hidden neighborhood spot well suited for an in-the-know experience. Many performances at Porto feature a vocalist and guitar duo who sit at the inner end of the room serving as the stage area, while a dozen or so customers sit at tables and the bar which spans the club lengthwise. Although this club is not equipped with a piano or drum set, on occasion other musicians may set up with flute, harmonica, keyboards, or other instruments.
The modest bar is well-stocked with alcohol and features a small selection of single malt scotches and liquor for various cocktails. Light snack options like nuts and cheese are also available. One notable feature at Porto is the special Gargery beer, a locally-produced item that is a rarity in Tokyo jazz bars. The delicious stout is served in a stylish rune-covered glass cone that rests tip-down in a glass stand between sips.
An extra fun but somewhat rare happening at Porto occurs when the musicians play an unplugged set, perhaps at the request of audience members, devoted fans, or bar regulars. If possible, the singer and guitarist may pull up some chairs and make room to sit among the customers and play a few songs right in the middle of the room, creating shared harmony and lasting memories for everyone.