The anime television series Bartender is based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Araki Joh. The series was directed by Masaki Watanabe, written by Yasuhiro Imagawa, and produced by Palm Studio. It originally aired between October 15, 2006 and December 31, 2006 on Fuji Television.
Bartender follows the nightlife of Ryū Sasakura (佐々倉 溜 Sasakura Ryū), a bartending prodigy who is said to mix the best cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Upon returning from his studies in France, Ryū works as an assistant for a senior bartender at the bar Lapin. He later opened his own bar, the Eden Hall (イーデンホール Īden Hōru), which is hidden in a nook of the Ginza district in downtown Tokyo. Rumor holds that potential patrons cannot simply find and enter Eden Hall; rather they must be invited in by the host. Sasakura is known to serve the "Glass of the Gods" (神のグラス Kami no Gurasu), a way of saying that he knows just the right drink to serve in a particular situation.