Around Mejiro I was able to locate Mac’s Carrot In, which is the First & Last, but which did not appear to a nihonshu-specialist izakaya, so I continued.
A few stations later, I got to Ikebukuro and into the sleazy west-side entertainment district. When I saw this sign, I knew my goal was nearby. Really kind of them to put this out for me, don’t you agree?
OK, that wasn't really my goal. The place with the kanji was.
My whole bill was $10, which is the same as the cover charge in a Golden Gai bar. Your Suntory-and-soda would be extra there.