Where to Find the Toki Highball cocktail in Pittsburgh

The sought-after Japanese take on a cool, summer drink is insanely refreshing. Suntory Whisky (in Japan) has given their seal of approval to three Pittsburgh concepts.

by Aadam Soorma
March 29, 2019

As one does, I asked the bartender for a recommendation.

It was my first time at Spirits & Tales, the Pitt-centric restaurant concept on the 10th floor of the Oaklander Hotel. Staring at the glossy wall of choices, I was genuinely baffled by what to order. I allowed Derek, the friendly bartender, guide my night.

“Do you like whisky, sir? Here, try this.”

Derek slid me a Collins glass. Here is what it contained:

  • ice, lots of it
  • one measure of Suntory Japanese whisky
  • three measures of chilled sparkling water
  • a lemon peel

Put simply, the refreshing scent of lemon intertwined with the perfect level of carbonation in the water put me on a one-way ticket to summer.

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Enter the Toki Highball

The Toki Highball is a zesty, aromatic mouthfizz made using Suntory Whisky from Japan.

The blend of smooth whisky and sparkling water over a generous serving of ice is truly a work of art.

Fun Fact: Suntory has a selective application process to ensure that establishments are permitted to serve their spritzy delicacy. Spirits & Tales proudly served my Toki Highball from a beautifully slender, white contraption on the bar that bore the logo of Suntory Whisky.

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Where can you get the Toki Highball in Pittsburgh?

Here are four places (we are aware of) that serve the Toki Highball cocktail.

Spirits & Tales // Oakland: Located on the 10th floor of The Oaklander Hotel on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

The Warren // Downtown: Located downtown at the corner of Liberty Ave + 7th Street.

Cobra // Bloomfield: Located at the base of the Bloomfield Bridge where Liberty Ave + Main Street intersect.

Umami** // Lawrenceville: Located at the corner of Butler Street + 38th Street directly above Round Corner Cantina.

**Note: While The Warren, Spirits & Tales and Cobra all serve the Toki Highball out of Suntory’s branded machinery, Umami ALSO serves the Toki using all the same ingredients but with an in-house carbonation program.

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Know of another place in town that serves up this refreshing, east Asian treat? Drop us a note and share the love.

We’re (mildly) obsessed with this mini discovery.

In 2012, Aadam moved to Pittsburgh. He's currently parked (sans chair) in Lawrenceville and plans to stay a while. On the weekends, you'll find him driving a small green bus (Porter Tours) as he leads tours at local breweries. Got a fun story idea? DMs are open: @asoorma.

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